Open air ice rink coming to Leicester city centre

Leicester’s ice rink will be back for this Christmas – and this year there’ll be a brand new feature for skaters to enjoy.

The city council plans to give the popular attraction an extra dimension this year by adding an outdoor section that will give people the chance to skate under the stars.

The ice rink will take skaters out of the marquee and into Jubilee Square, where the stunning Wheel of Light and dozens of twinkling Christmas trees will create a truly festive atmosphere.

But if the December weather turns out to be damp and drizzly, then skaters will still be able to take cover under the marquee’s clear roof and enjoy their session on the ice.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Our real ice rink will be at the heart of Leicester’s Christmas programme once again, but this year we wanted to offer skaters something new to enjoy.”

“While the main rink will be just as big as last year, we’re creating some extra space this year by adding a new outdoor section.”

“This additional feature will give people the option of skating in the open air – and let those who aren’t skating share in the fun by watching their friends and family from Jubilee Square.”

The ice rink is due to open to the public on Thursday 5 December and close on Sunday 5 January 2020. It will be open every day, apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Plans to bring the Wheel of Light back to Jubilee Square for Christmas are also progressing, with the popular big wheel due to open to the public on 15 November.

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