The festive season is upon us, and with it comes Christmas markets, mulled wine – and ice skating! There are many incredible ice rinks popping up all over the world in time to Christmas, and we’ve picked out 5 of the best.
Tower of London ice rink, London
The ice rink isn’t the biggest, but the view certainly makes up for it. The rink itself is based on top of the moat, alongside the fortress battlements. It’s particularly pretty at night when they light the tower up. It’s a tourist hot spot but worth it for the setting!
Eiffel Tower Ice Rink, Paris
If you’re going to skate in Paris then what could be more iconic that skating on the Eiffel Tower itself? That’s right, you can skate 188 feet above ground and enjoy panoramic views of the city whilst gliding on ice! The rink is open until late, when it is then lit up, making it even more special.
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California
Just because it isn’t cold, that doesn’t mean you can’t skate! Well, that’s certainly what the Hotel del Coronado believes, as it puts on a 10,000sqft ice rink overlooking the beach. It’s certainly a surreal experience ice skating in sunglasses, but one we’re willing to try.
Rockefeller Ice Rink, New York
This has to be one of the most famous ice rinks in the world. The rink itself only has room for 150 skaters at a time, so it’s an intimate experience. Skaters can get a close-up view of the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree whilst on the ice, and when you’re tired you can enjoy a meal at the Rock Center Café. If you want the fairy tale New York experience then this is the place to come!
Wiener Eistraum, Vienna, Austria
Probably one of the lesser known ice rinks in the world, but we’re sure you’ll agree it makes an impressive sight. Eistraum translates to ‘ice dream’, which this certainly is! The rink is set around Vienna’s Rathus (or city hall), and stretches over an impressive 6,000sqm. This ice rink is particularly beautiful at night; lit up, it looks like you’re in a fairy tale. This rink is open from January to March, so even after the main festive season.