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. Returning for Christmas 2023 on November 2 – the same day as Frankfurt Christmas Market – it’s sticking around until January 7, 2024.
Based in Centenary Square, it’s joined by the Big Wheel, providing tremendous views of Birmingham and the people ice skating below. After a hard day’s ice skating, stop off at the Ice Lounge and Bar to warm up on hot chocolate, mulled wine and other festive treats. Everything is open daily, between 10am to 10pm, except Christmas Day. 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 9 to January 1, 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 two branches located outside of Birmingham, 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
Croft Road, Coventry, CV1 3AZ
4. Tamworth Snowdome
Just a 45-minute drive from Birmingham, 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. From November 11 to January 7, the Snowdome is transformed into Santa’s Winter Wonderland 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
You won’t find another ice skating experience like this near Birmingham. Warwick Castle’s east front has been transformed into a magical open-air ice rink for the festive season. Glide around our ice rink right underneath towers and turrets, this is a truly magical experience. Costs start at £11 for a 45-minute ice skating slot, but for £22 you can also visit the castle (Which, if you’ve come all this way, is definitely worth it!). Go ice skating at Warwick Castle from November 25 to January 7. Head here to book.
Warwick Castle, Warwick, CV34 4QU
6. Telford Ice Rink
Home to the Telford Tigers ice hockey team, you don’t have to be a pro to jump on the ice. Open throughout the year, Telford Ice Rink offers a host of skate sessions, roughly ranging between £5.65 to £10.85, depending on peak times. But if you need to test the ice first, you can also book a range of skate lessons. Crash courses for beginners, private lessons for the more experienced and even learn to figure to skate. There are also dedicated tot sessions where your little ones can gain confidence on the ice first. To learn more head here.
Telford Ice Rink, Telford TF3 4JQ