170 PERFORMERS AT THE CHRISTMAS GALA,





Christmas returns to the National Ice Centre in a big way this December with festive events to entertain the whole family. Surrounded by twinkling lights, a majestic tree and a life size snow globe to have your photo taken inside – the National Ice Centre is the best place in Nottingham to get into the Christmas spirit this year.

Skaters also have the opportunity to join in the National Ice Centre’s ‘Laps to Lapland’ challenge! The challenge will open on Sunday 1 December and skaters are invited to circle the perimeter of the ice in an attempt to contribute to the 30,255 laps needed to reach Lapland! The laps equal the 2,015 miles distance between Nottingham and the ‘official home’ of Santa, Rovaniemi in Lapland. The National Ice Centre is challenging public skaters to help them reach Lapland before Christmas Day. Daily progress will be logged and available for everyone to track at www.national-ice-centre.com/christmas

There are also some great deals up for grabs including free skating for children aged between 18 months to five years old when accompanied by a full paying adult, special packages for schools and 40% discount for students and groups of 10+ skaters.


The magical events, including special themed activities and the opportunity to visit Santa in his grotto, include:

Two Winter Family Fun Weekends

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 December, 11am – 5pm

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 December, 11am – 5pm

Pre-booked sessions with Santa begin from 10.30am each day

Get your Christmas wish list ready because Santa will be visiting the National Ice Centre to set up his grotto beside the ice at both Winter Family Fun Weekends! Pre-book a ticket to secure a meeting with him when his elves open the doors to his grotto as part of the special themed events. The weekend’s will also feature some magical Christmas activities including face painting, Christmas craft making, festive music to skate to and much more.

Santa’s Grotto is pre-book only. Tickets can be purchased online until Tuesday 10 December for the first weekend and Tuesday 17 December for the second weekend. Visit www.national-ice-centre.com/whats-on/winter-family-fun-weekends to book from Tuesday 12 November.

Festive Foam Parties –

Saturday 21 December:

Christmas Family Foam with Tots Zone – 2.45pm – 5pm

Relaxed Foam Party with Tots Zone – 5.30pm – 7pm

Club Night Foam Party – 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Taking place at the final Winter Family Fun Weekend, three festive foam parties will create a wintery scene on the ice. Put on your Christmas jumper and prepare to get festive as the disco lights are switched on and cannons spray snow white foam onto the rink whilst you skate to your favourite yuletide tunes. For the very first time the magic is extended to a relaxed foam party, perfect for those wanting a calm and quiet environment to skate without music or flashing lights and a little less foam. On sale form Thursday 14 November, visit www.national-ice-centre.com/whats-on/foam-parties to book.


The Magic of Christmas, Christmas Gala Ice Show

Sunday 22 December, 2.30pm – 3.45pm


Just a few days before Christmas day, over 170 of Nottingham’s finest skating stars will put on an ice show to behold. Enjoy the annual Christmas gala performed by the best talent from all figure skating disciplines including group routines, solo ice dancers and ice dance couples at the National Ice Centre Academy’s Christmas spectacular. Magic of Christmas ticket holders can also enjoy skating at the Winter Family Fun Weekend session straight after the show – free of charge! Visit www.national-ice-centre.com/whats-on/the-magic-of-christmas to book.


Skate with the Nottingham Panthers

Thursday 19 December, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

The National Ice Centre will make dreams come true for hockey fans this Christmas with a unique opportunity to skate with the Nottingham Panthers – watch, meet and skate with Nottingham’s pro-players when they take to the ice and mingle with fans for the first hour of the public skating session on 19 December. On sale from Friday 15 November, visit www.national-ice-centre.com/whats-on/skate-with-the-nottingham-panthers to book.


Learn to Skate

If you’re looking to learn a new skill before the new year or as a new year resolution, join our Ice Skating Lessons taking place on 27, 28 and 29 December 2019 and 2, 3 and 4 January 2020 – each lesson includes access to the public skating session on the same day, making it great value for money. Coaches will teach you all the beginners moves and boost your confidence on the ice. To help you decide if lessons are for you, the National Ice Centre also offers Taster Skating Lessons. Taster sessions are priced from just £10 with sessions for adults and children starting from Monday 16 December running frequently until Sunday 5 January.

Lessons are available for all ages and could make the perfect Christmas gift too. For more information and to book visit http://www.national-ice-centre.com/skating-lessons/

To compliment the festive skating and events, Christmas themed food and drink will be available throughout December in the Sub Zero café. Enjoy a treat before, during or after skating. The dedicated Tots Zone will also be in the centre of the ice during many of the skating sessions this Christmas. The Tots Zone is an area dedicated to under 5s and their parents enabling families to grow in confidence on the ice together. Ice equipment is free to use inside the Tots Zone.


Ticket prices:

Under 5s                 Free (when accompanied by a full paying adult)

Adults (16+)             £8.50

Juniors (5-15)          £7.50

Family of 3              £21.75

Family of 4              £29

Family of 5              £35

Santa’s grotto          £10 per child (plus public skating ticket)

For further information or to book your festive skating session at the biggest ice rink in Nottingham, head towww.national-ice-centre.com/christmas, call 0843 373 3000 or visit in person at National Ice Centre, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham.


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