The Most Festive Places To Go Ice Skating This Christmas In Manchester

Laura Rogan Laura Rogan - Editor of Secret Manchester

The Most Festive Places To Go Ice Skating This Christmas In Manchester

Grab your skates, Mancs, you’ve pulled! (A date with the ice rink, that is). Popping up all over the city for the festive season, guests can glide their way towards December 25th to the tune of Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday while enjoying a hot mug of mulled wine, with plenty of new and wintery scenes to skate around. Here’s our guide to the best ice skating rinks in Manchester this winter.

1. Escape to Freight Island

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Where is it?

11 Baring St, M1 2PZ.

What makes it magical?

Allowing guests to ‘ice skate in the sky’, Escape to Freight Island’s brand new ice rink floats on a mezzanine underneath the historic roof of Depot Mayfield, overlooking the hustle and bustle going on within Winter Island.

Open now, guests can enjoy mulled wine, festive grub and even a forest full of Christmas trees, before enjoying live music and entertainment from the ice above. Find out more here. 

2. Skate Manchester, Cathedral Gardens

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Where is it?

Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG.

What makes it magical?

Situated right in the midst of the Christmas market fun, Skate Manchester offers a family-friendly skating experience for all to enjoy, with festive lighting, the buzz of the surrounding stalls to enjoy, and, of course, everyone’s favourite Christmas tunes.

This year’s rink is double the size of last year, meaning there’s more room than ever before for Mancs to glide across, and, of course, plenty of festive spirit to go around.

3. Unreal Xmas, TraffordCity

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Where is it?

Trafford Palazzo, M17 8AS.

What makes it magical?

Found at the Trafford Centre’s Trafford Palazzo, Unreal Xmas is ideally located for Mancs to enjoy – with the Christmas shopping haven that is the Trafford Centre residing just metres away.

Glide through an enchanted forest that meanders around the winter wonderland, with plenty of sensory touches for guests to enjoy along the way (and plenty of festive decoration, obviously!).

4. Winter Funland

Credit: Winter Funland

Where is it?

Event City, Phoenix Way Off, Barton Dock Rd, M41 7TB.

What makes it magical?

Coming to the BEC this Christmas, Winter Funland will house a magical ice rink in the centre of its many festivities, with tons of Christmas shenanigans to get involved in.

Meet Father Christmas, skate to your heart’s content, chow down on festive grub and sweet treats such as candy floss, enjoy. a huge array of family-friendly rides, or attend a fun circus-style show packed full of tricks and magical treats.

5. Planet Ice, Altrincham

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Where is it?

Oakfield Rd, Altrincham, WA15 8EW.

What makes it magical?

While Planet Ice may be open all year round, there’s something particularly great about skating in the wintertime. Open all winter long, guests can borrow a pair of skates before having a festive glide around the ice, with penguins available for the less experienced among us (always a fun part of the day!).

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