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Tickets now on sale for Leicester’s Christmas ice rink

Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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WITH just six weeks to go before Leicester’s Christmas ice rink returns to Jubilee Square, skaters can now start planning their visits to the popular city centre attraction.

From today (Tuesday 22 October), people will be able to book their 45-minute sessions on the real ice rink via Leicester’s dedicated Christmas website – www.christmasinleicester.co.uk – or from the Visit Leicester information centre on Gallowtree Gate.

This year’s skating experience promises to be even better than in 2018, with a new outdoor section that will give people the chance to skate beneath the stars, themed sessions that all the family will enjoy, and designated quiet sessions for children and adults with conditions such as autism or additional sensory needs.

And anyone who’s quick off the mark will be able to pick up a bargain and snap up tickets for the rink’s two preview days – Thursday 5 and Friday 6 December - when skating costs a flat rate of just £5 per person.

Festivals and events manager Maggie Shutt said: “It might seem early to be thinking about Christmas, but we know that schools, clubs and corporate clients like to make their plans well in advance.

“At 40m x 17m, our 2019 rink will be just as big as last year’s - but this year we’ve added an outdoor section, which we hope will give people something new to enjoy.

“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.”

Tickets for adult skaters are £10, with tickets for children (aged 16 and under), senior citizens and students priced at £8.50.

Discounts are available for groups of four or more people, so a family of four will be able to skate for £34.

Anyone skating between 11am and 4pm on Mondays to Fridays from 9-20 December – the off-peak period before the schools break up for Christmas – can save £1 on standard prices.

Skating aids for young children – in the shape of penguins and seals – will be available again and can be booked in advance online or hired on the day at the ice rink, subject to availability.

Wheelchair users can join in the fun on the ice at any session at any time.

Up to 250 people will be able to take to the ice at any one time, although capacity will be restricted to 100 skaters for the designated quiet sessions for people with autism or other special needs.  

Leicester’s Jubilee Square ice rink will be open from 5pm on Thursday 5 December until Sunday 5 January 2020.

It will be open every day, apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Skating starts at 10am each day (11am on Mondays to Fridays until 20 December), with the last session of the day starting at 8pm.

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

Detail of all events taking place in Leicester this Christmas will be available at www.christmasinleicester.co.uk, with new events and activities constantly added to the site in the weeks leading up to Christmas.