See yourself as the next Torvill and Dean? Or maybe you’re more of a Bambi on ice? No matter your skill level, ice skating in Birmingham can be a thrill no matter what. There’s no better time to grab your skates than during the Christmas period. Whether you want to polish up your Axel jump, or just aim to stay upright as you grip to the edge, these are the best places to go ice skating in Birmingham this Christmas.
1. Ice Skate Birmingham
Providing Brummies with a fully-covered, indoor ice skating experience right in the centre of the city is Ice Skate Birmingham. Based in Centenary Square until January 8, you can glide across the ice with your friends and family this Christmas before heading to the Ice Lounge for a hot chocolate, tea, coffee or mulled wine to warm you up. Plus, with the opening of Ice Skate Birmingham comes the return of The Big Wheel to the square, which is operational during the ice rink’s opening hours, which is between 10am and 10pm, except Christmas Day. So not only can you get your skates on, you can witness the city aglow from above too! Find out more here.
Ice Skate Birmingham, Centenary Square, B1 2EA
2. Winter Funland
Returning to the NEC this Christmas, Winter Funland will house a magical ice rink in the centre of its many festivities, with tons of Christmas shenanigans to get involved in. From December 10 to January 2, you can skate to your heart’s content, chow down on festive grub and sweet treats such as candy floss and enjoy a huge array of family-friendly rides like carousels and dodgems. Plus, Winter Funland offers the chance to meet the big man himself, Father Christmas, in his grotto and attend a spectacular circus show packed full of tricks and magical treats. Find out more here.
Birmingham NEC, North Avenue, Marston Green, B40 1NT
3. Planet Ice
Take a trip out of the city and head to Planet Ice for a really cool time. With three branches located outside Birmingham city centre, Cannock, Coventry and Solihull, you needn’t have to tackle the crowds of Christmas shoppers in town. While Planet Ice may be open all year round, there’s something particularly great about skating in the wintertime. Open all winter long, guests can borrow a pair of skates before having a festive glide around the ice, with penguins available for the less experienced among us (always a fun part of the day!) Find out more here.
Planet Ice, 119 Hobs Moat Road, Solihull, B92 8JN
Lakeside Plaza, Walkmill Lane, Cannock, WS11 0XE
Croft Road, Coventry, CV1 3AZ
4. Tamworth Snowdome
Just a 45-minute drive from Birmingham city centre, Tamworth Snowdome offers ice skating sessions and lessons outside of the Christmas period, however, it will also be welcoming visitors to enjoy a festive skate too with Christmassy tunes as you glide across the ice. Until January 1, the snowdome is transformed into its Winter Wonderland event which features real snow, real animals and a winter wonderland show. There will be a snow trail for you to wander through along with an enchanted forest, snow slides, fun displays and falling snow. So if snow doesn’t arrive this Christmas, at least you can enjoy some sledging and throw the odd snowball or two! Discover more info here.
Tamworth Snowdome, Leisure Island, Riverdrive, Tamworth, B79 7ND
5. Warwick Castle
For some added magic this Christmas, why not skate right by a castle? The open-air ice rink returns to Warwick Castle for 2022 where you can skate across the ice with festive tunes playing in the background, all enclosed within the castle walls. Until January 2, the event Christmas at the Castle will offer visitors a wonderful festive experience featuring ice skating and a dazzling light trail with dancing light projections. And if you fancy escaping the cold, Warwick Castle has decked the halls on the inside with twinkling trees, dazzling decorations and festive flourishes in the castle’s Great Hall and Staterooms. And for the ultimate festive feel, you can marvel at the magnificent 20ft high Christmas tree! Find out more here.
Warwick Castle, Warwick, CV34 4QU