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Skating on one of London’s Christmas ice rinks in 2023 is a seasonal rite of passage and a jolly n-’ice’ activity too. In the Winter months, London is abuzz with bright Christmas lights and ice skating nights and 2023 is no different.
From annual favourites like Somerset House in the heart of the city to Europe’s only real rooftop rink in Wapping, here is our lowdown on the best Christmas ice skating rinks coming up in London in 2023:
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Christmas ice skating rinks in London 2023
1. (Ice) Skate at Somerset House
Skate at Somerset House 2023 – dates TBC
A neo-classical Christmas! Sponsored in 2023 by Moet & Chandon champagne no less, this is always a classy affair in a historic setting.
We’ve been to the ice skating rink at Somerset House most years not only because the courtyard setting is one of the most instagrammable places in London, but the outer buildings in and around the main square are transformed into one of the best Christmas markets in London.
You’ll find yuletide hampers, traditional decorations and all manner of festive gifts available to buy – so if you don’t ice-skate, Skate at Somerset House 2023 is still very much worth a visit this winter.
Hotel Chocolat will also be on hand to help with hospitality and potential presents and the (Christmas) star of the Skate show at Somerset House is the 40 foot Christmas tree, rivalling the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree in terms of its serene setting.
Specially created decorated decorations by Moet & Chandon will also be on display (we’re hoping they are made from full bottles of champagne – cheers!).
Skate at Somerset House runs from November 2023 to January 2024, with adult skating prices starting from £10 and children from £7.50 (booking fees also apply).
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2. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Skating
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland ice skating – 2023 dates TBC
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2023 will likely run from November 2023 to early January 2024.
Hop on over to Hyde Park (or should that be ‘toe loop’ on over) for the return of Winter Wonderland in 2023, London’s biggest Christmas event with one of the largest Christmas ice-skating rinks in London.
Attracting visitors from far and wide, this is THE Christmas event in London – although note this year there are some Winter Wonderland admission fees in place if you aren’t pre booking activities or food and drink.
Built around Hyde Park’s famous Victorian bandstand, London’s Winter Wonderland is the UK’s largest outdoor ice-rink and is open from 10am to 10pm daily. Unusually, they also do BYOS (bring your own skates) but definitely not BYOB (bring your own booze) – bag searches are in place at all the main entrances.
Different from most other Christmas ice skating rinks in London in 2023, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland operate a tiered pricing structure with high prices at busier times. Adult skating prices at Winter Wonderland are £10.50 off peak and £14.50 peak (based on a 50 minute session) and £7.50 off peak for children and £9.50 (their off peak family passes are also very competitively priced at £30 per family).
Ice skating at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland runs from November 2023 – 2nd January 2024 – exact dates still TBC.
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3. Canary Wharf Ice Skating
Canary Wharf ice skating rink runs from October 2023 – February 2024. Exact dates TBC
Ice skating will come to Canada Square Park in Canary Wharf this Christmas 2023. The usual hustle and bustle of bankers (not rhyming slang) and city workers gives over to a fun family fair of ice-skating, hot toddies and twinkling Christmas lights in the heart of Canary Wharf.
Given the location, you also have a huge choice of family friendly restaurants (or bars) to unwind in after skating including popular restaurant chains Wahaca and Five Guys Burgers right next to the rink.
In 2023 there is also a really nice themed alpine style pop up bar with Czech beer, cosy fireside tables and blankets for all.
We are huge fans of Canary Wharf as there are so many activities to do here all year round including the Crossrail Botanical Gardens and some incredible outdoor art and activations – read our Canary Wharf things to do guide here >
Ice skating sessions at Canary Wharf in 2023 last 50 minutes with prices starting from £17.95 per adults and £11.95 for children – a family saver pass for 2 adults and 2 children is £49.50.
Canary Wharf Christmas ice skating will likely run from October 2023 until February 2024.
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4. Glide at Battersea Power Station
Glide at Battersea Power Station – 2023 dates TBC
Brand new last year, this Battersea Christmas ice skating rink in London is set to return in 2023.
Against a backdrop of one of the London’s most iconic buildings – the Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station, it is the only open-air ice skating rink that is located by the river and features three interconnecting rinks and a huge 30ft Christmas tree.
There are also festive street food stalls, bars, vintage-style fairground rides, live entertainment and photo booths to keep you busy after you’ve finished your skating session. 2023 exact dates still TBC.
Prices start from £8 for children and £12 for adults (booking fees may apply). Book your ticket online >
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5. Christmas Ice Skating at Skylight Tobacco Dock
Christmas ice skating at Skylight Tobacco Dock – 2023 dates TBC
Europe’s only real rooftop skating rink (try saying that after several egg nogs) returns to Wapping promising a ‘Canalside Christmas’. In 2023, Tobacco Dock is being taken over with Christmas activities and expanding above and beyond just the rooftop setting.
As well as a skating rink (offering views of the historic boats at Tobacco Dock as well as one of the best panoramic views of London), there will be Christmas igloos to eat and drink in.
There is also an Apres Ski lodge for alpine antics, a Cocktail Cinema experience (presumably not just watching the 1988 Tom Cruise movie of the same name on loop) and the Secret Speakeasy.
Ice skating is £15 per person for 45 minutes and can only be booked on the day of your visit – an igloo advance reservation is also highly recommended.
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6. Queen’s House Ice Skating Rink in Greenwich
Queen’s House Ice Skating Rink in Greenwich – 2023 dates TBC
Set against the backdrop of Royal Greenwich Museum’s Queen’s House, this is a ‘royally’ good affair (sorry) and one of London’s most scenic ice skating rinks in 2023.
The magical open-air Greenwich skating rink opens up from November 2023 with prices starting from £15 per adult and £8.50 per child.
The Greenwich Christmas skating rink at Queen’s House also has a Benugo cafe bar next to the rink serving up hot and cold drinks (treat yourself to a mulled wine or hot choc after those ice skating spins – you deserve it!).
Greenwich Christmas ice skating rink is open every day from mid November 2023 until early January 2023 – exact dates TBC.
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7. Hampton Court Palace Ice Skating Rink
Hampton Court Palace Ice Skating Rink runs from 17th November 2023 to 7th January 2024
By Royal Appointment, the Hampton Court Palace Ice Skating rink opens daily from November 2023 to early January 2024 (except Christmas Day).
Set up right in front of the palace, this is an ice skating rink fit for a King with over 500 years of history all around, with incredible Tudor splendour the setting for your skating.
Skating sessions at Hampton Court Palace Skating Rink in 2023 last up to 45 minutes long and include skate hire starting from £19 per adult and £53 for a family of four.
Afterwards, you can grab the usual hot winter fare like mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine from the Hampton Court Palace cafe and bar – Henry VIII would have (probably) approved of all this sumptuous seasonal fare.
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8. Alexandra Palace (all year round ice-skating) plus Festive Skate
Alexandra Palace Christmas Ice Skating 2023 dates TBC
Ice-skating in London isn’t just for Christmas (actually, that might be a dog but you can see where we are going with this)!
Alexandra Palace ice-skating rink (or Ally Pally as it lovingly referred to by locals) is open all year round and is cheaper than most temporary Christmas ice-skating rinks.
At Christmas, ‘Festive Skate’ ice-skating tickets are available at Alexandra Palace from November 2023 until early January 2024.
Book onto a Festive Skate session and ice-skate to your favourite Christmas songs (please, NOT Mariah Carey), followed by a Baileys hot chocolate or minced pie, available post skating from Ally Pally’s East Court Cafe. Prices start from £9.50 per adult.
Festive fact fans: did you know the ice-skating scenes from the recent hit festive movie ‘Last Christmas’ were filmed here? If not, that is our Christmas gift to you – you’re welcome!
9. Christmas Ice Rink at Winter Village, Westfield White City
Ice Rink at Winter Village, Westfield London – 2023 dates TBC
New to Shepherd’s Bush, this festive outdoor Christmas London ice rink is located in Westfield’s Winter Village. The ice rink will likely have one of Europe’s tallest Christmas trees.
The Christmas ice skating at Westfield London will likely open from November 2023 to January 2024 and ticket prices start from £15 for adults and £11 for children. Family tickets start from £45 (1 Adult and 3 Children or 2 Adults and 2 Children). Sessions last 45 minutes and opening hours are 10am to 9pm.
Other Christmas events that are in the pipeline at Westfield include a ‘Meet Santa’ experience and a ‘Santa’s Breakfast and Bowling With Elves’ children’s event at All Star Lanes. Keep an eye on their website for further details.
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10. Brent Cross Winter Festival Ice Skating
Brent Cross Winter Festival Ice Skating – 2023 dates TBC
Westfield isn’t the only London shopping centre to get in on the ice-skating action. New for 2023, Brent Cross Shopping Centre is going to host one of London’s largest real ice-skating rinks.
Starting at £17 per adult and £15 per child which includes entry to the Winter Festival and at least 40 minutes on the ice – if you want to hire a penguin skate aid (alas only for children!) they are an additional £5.
So if you aren’t into ice-skating, you can always go for some retail therapy whilst the rest of the family glide about – big up Brent Cross Shopping Centre.
11. Ice skating at the Natural History Museum (permanently closed)
2023 UPDATE:Natural History Museum ice skating has now permanently closed
South Kensington’s sublime seasonal set-up makes this the most iconic ice skating rink in London and it is also the first to open this winter.
Sadly after 16 years of ice-skating, 2021 will be the last year of the Natural History Museum ice skating rink – they will be transforming their garden area into an urban wildlife park, as part of a future campaign to encourage Londoners to help nature on their doorstep… so get your skates on now!
Incredibly beautiful and creating their very own Winter Wonderland along Cromwell Road, the annual ice skating rink at the Natural History Museum is a magical site – even if you don’t like ice-skating, we’d recommend you go just to get a glimpse of all the festive fun from Exhibition Road.
The Natural History Museum ice skating prices in 2021 start from £12.65 per adult and £8.80 for children with family passes also available. This South Kensington ice-skating rink runs until 16 January 2022 (open every day except Christmas Day) and booking in advance is advised.
Note in 2023, the following locations and attractions that have previously had ice skating rinks do not this year or have been cancelled indefinitely.
- Tower of London
- Natural History Museum
- Clapham Common Winterville
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