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Leicester's ice rink proves more popular than ever

Published on Friday, January 4, 2019

family on ice rink

LEICESTER’S Jubilee Square Ice Rink has proved more popular than ever this Christmas, with ticket sales up by 5,000 on this time last year.

With three more days of skating to go (the rink closes after the 8pm session on Sunday 6 January), the council is reporting ticket sales of more than 25,000 to date, and expects bumper sales over the weekend.

Leicester’s City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We’ve still got some number crunching to do, but the signs are that the ice rink has been a big hit with people from all over the city and county, and as far afield as Germany this year.

“Along with Leicester Market’s wonderful Santa in the Square, the Wheel of Light, our festive Canteen night, and of course our fantastic Christmas lights, the ice rink has helped to attract people into the city to enjoy the shops and all of the other attractions on offer.

“Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking closely at feedback from city centre businesses and others, as well as analysing income figures to make decisions about next year’s Christmas activities.

“In the meantime if you haven’t already been on the ice, there’s only a few days left to bag the final tickets, so make sure you don’t miss out.”

For Jo Tallack, general manager at Highcross, the Jubilee Square ice rink is a welcome addition to Leicester’s Christmas offer. 

“The ice rink is a great addition to the city’s attractions over the Christmas period and attracts families into Leicester from a wider area,” she said.

"These families are keen to do their Christmas shopping, but they also want to have some fun in the city. Leicester’s ice rink certainly provides an opportunity for family fun and it also adds to the Christmas spirit in the city."

To mark the final day of skating on Sunday (6 January), there will be two special sessions on the ice, with four tickets for Curve’s spectacular production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas up for grabs.

Skaters heading for the 5-6pm session are invited to wear their best fancy dress, with two tickets on offer for the best costumes. And for the 6-7pm session there will be a dancing on ice theme, with another two tickets on offer for the best dancers.

White Christmas runs at Curve until 13 January and tickets are in great demand. Find out more at curveonline.co.uk

Ice rink tickets can be bought at www.christmasinleicester.co.uk, from the Visit Leicester Information Centre on Gallowtree Gate, or from the Jubilee Square Ice Rink box office at BBC Leicester.

Tickets are £9 at off-peak times for adults and £7.50 for children. Adults pay £10 at peak-time, while children’s tickets cost £8.50.

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

Sessions start on the hour, with each session giving skaters 45 minutes on the ice. Skating aids for young children can be booked in advance online, or hired on the day at the ice rink, subject to availability.