Spectacular new christmas ice rink opens in Leicester this week

The highly popular Christmas ice rink is set to open its doors to the public this week.

It has taken over three days and 65,000 litres of water to create the thick layers of ice needed for the ice rink.

The city centre attraction opens at 11am on Thursday 6 December and will give skaters an even better experience, with a fifty percent bigger skating area.

The surface will also be kept in tip-top condition, thanks to a special new smoothing machine that will take to the ice after busy sessions.

The ice rink is at the heart of Leicester’s Christmas events, with the giant big wheel – the Wheel of Light – joining it in Jubilee Square once again.

Tickets for adult skaters are £9 at off-peak times and £10 at peak-time sessions, with children’s tickets costing £7.50 at off-peak times or £8.50 at peak times.

Discounts are available for groups of four or more people, so a family of four will be able to skate for £30 (off-peak) or £34 at peak times.

Like last year, skating aids for young children (in the shape of penguins and seals) are available, however this year the aids can be booked in advance online, or hired on the day at the ice rink.

City council events manager Maggie Shutt said: “This year we’re providing a much bigger ice rink with a much better skating surface, which we hope people of all ages and abilities will enjoy as part of a family outing or a Christmas night out.”

“Look out for special events and theme nights at the ice rink, which will be fun for everyone – whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced skater.”

Sessions start on the hour, with each session giving skaters 45 minutes on the ice.

Tickets can be bought at www.christmasinleicester.co.uk, from the Visit Leicester centre on Gallowtree Gate, or from the Jubilee Square ice rink ticket office at BBC Leicester (next to the ice rink).

The Jubilee Square ice rink will be open from 11am on Thursday 6 December until Sunday 6 January 2019 (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).