WITH Christmas approaching, glittering ice rinks are popping up in cities around the country and at many attractions.
Lace up your skating boots to try out one of our top picks, and enjoy a mulled wine . . .
WARWICK CASTLE: Skaters can practise their moves in front of the spectacular East Front of the medieval castle.
Guests can also enjoy winter birds of-prey displays, Christmas feasts, story-telling and even a sleepover with Santa. Until January 5. Tickets from £13pp.
THE NORTH POLE, CAMBRIDGE: Nestled among the trees in Parker’s Piece park, the rink is free and the clear-span roof offers skaters a magical experience – without having to worry about the weather.
Be sure to refuel after with your favourite festive tipple at the Alpine Cabin Bar. Open until January 5. Tickets from £12.50pp.
EDEN PROJECT, CORNWALL: It’s the only place in Cornwall where you can skate indoors.
And don’t forget to pop into the Eden camp to meet Father Christmas. Open until February 23. Tickets from £7pp.
HAMPTON COURT PALACE, SURREY: Once the home of Henry VIII, it’s a magical destination to get on the ice.
Day or evening sessions can be combined with a visit to the Tudor palace. Until Jan 5. Tickets from £15pp.
THE ICE FACTOR, YORK: The North of England’s largest outdoor rink is at the heart of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland – surrounded by an illuminated forest of Christmas trees and log cabins.
After your skating session, you can enjoy hot drinks in a heated alpine-themed chalet, styled with cosy furs and rustic wooden furniture. Open until Jan 5, Tickets from £11.50pp.
CARDIFF WINTER WONDERLAND: With a new Alpine Ice Trail, the open-air rink takes centre stage in front of the City Hall and can accommodate 300 skaters at a time – at 250m long the trail is unique in the UK.
The return of the double-storey Sur La Piste bar will help revellers get into the festive spirit. Open till January 5. Tickets from £11pp.
ABERDEEN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: Skaters can enjoy festive fun against the striking backdrop of Marischal College.
Plus, there are fairground rides, attractions, a Santa’s grotto and the Christmas In The Quad market. Open until December 31. Tickets from £4pp.
LIVERPOOL ICE FESTIVAL: Set against the backdrop of the city’s iconic waterfront, the Liverpool Ice Festival presents a traditional Christmas market with a huge covered rink.
It also boasts the UK’s largest ice slide, featuring three super-speedy 30-metre runs, an Ice Jet ride and a sound-and light show. Until Jan 5. Tickets from £12pp.