TIME is running out for anyone who wants to have a spin on Leicester’s Christmas ice rink, with the last session at the popular city centre attraction taking place at 8pm this Sunday (5 January).
So far, nearly 26,000 people have enjoyed a session on the ice – and with three more days of skating to go, the total number of skaters is set to exceed last year’s total of 26,865.
With lots of skaters expected to make the most of the ice rink’s final weekend, City Mayor Peter Soulsby is pleased with the response to Leicester’s standout Christmas attraction.
“The ice rink has been a big hit with people from all over the city and county,” he said.
“Together with the Wheel of Light and our fantastic Christmas lights, the ice rink has helped attract people into Leicester to enjoy everything the city has to offer.
“If you haven’t already enjoyed a spin on the ice, there’s only a few days left to get your skates on. But the good news is that our Christmas ice rink will be back in Leicester in December 2020 as part of our festive events programme.”
The busiest day on the rink was Monday 23 December, when a total of 1,700 skaters took to the ice, with most of the sessions fully sold out.
Anyone who wants to enjoy one last spin on the ice can buy their tickets from Visit Leicester on Gallowtree Gate or from the ice rink box office at BBC Radio Leicester in Jubilee Square.
Tickets can also be booked online at www.christmasinleicester.co.uk
Standard rates for adult skaters are £10, with tickets for children (aged three to 16), senior citizens and students priced at £8.50.
Discounts are available for groups of four or more people, so a family of four can skate for £34.
Skating aids for young children – in the shape of penguins and seals – are available 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.
Skating starts at 10am each day, with the last session getting under way at 8pm.
Leicester’s Christmas ice rink will close after the 8pm session on Sunday (5 January) but will return to the city in December 2020.