Get your skates on, and you’ll be gliding around some of the world’s most spectacular ice skating rinks.
These frozen escapes are located in stunning locations around the globe. They offer a chance to enjoy a twirl on ice, spectacular sightseeing, delicious food, crafty Christmas shopping, and a lot of winter fun.
Vienna Ice Dream
There are approximately 8,000m2 of ice available to skate in front of the illuminated Vienna City Hall during the winter holidays. The Wiener Eistraum (Vienna Ice Dream) is located in the middle of the Christkindlmarkt. It features stands selling warm drinks and traditional Austrian foods and a variety of idyllic ice trails that run through a small park lit by multicoloured LED lights.
Somerset House Ice Rink London
The Somerset House’s 18th-century courtyard transforms into an outdoor rink every year. Guests can enjoy champagne and truffles as they glide on the ice against the backdrop of the Neoclassical Cultural Center. Somerset House Ice Rink is often referred to as one of London’s most beautiful places for skating. It hosts DJs, parties and festivals.
GUM-Skating Rink in Moscow
This 2,700 sqm playground is located in the Red Square heart, just in front of a GUM department store. It allows you to skate close to the Kremlin walls and St. Basil’s Cathedral. GUM-Skating Rink Moscow’s most recognizable and spectacular outdoor rink.
Tower of London Ice Rink
Visitors can skate on an outdoor ice rink in the Tower of London, which is situated in stunning historic surroundings.
Wollman Skating Rink in New York City
Wollman Skating Rink is an iconic symbol of New York City’s winter magic. It is located in Central Park’s southern section and offers stunning views of Manhattan’s skyscrapers. This is a great combination with any of the Big Apple’s most iconic winter attractions for an unforgettable movie-like experience.
Safeway Holiday Ice Rink at Union Square, San Francisco
San Francisco’s Safeway Holiday Ice Rink was established in Union Square in 2008. It’s the ideal way to start winter in the City By the Bay. You will find the best holiday decorations and activities downtown.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center in NYC
New Yorkers and tourists love to ice skate below the Rockefeller Center’s iconic Christmas tree. The Rink at Rockefeller Center has a maximum capacity of 150 skaters. It is best to go early in the morning.
Budapest City Park Ice Rink
The largest European ice skating rink is built every winter at Budapest’s City Park. The Varosligeti Mujegpalya City Park Ice Rink is locally known and located in Vajdahunyad Castle’s shadows. It is also one of the oldest ice skating rinks on the continent.
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Chicago
Installed in Millennium Park, Chicago’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink offers free access and stunning views of the downtown skyline.
Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa
Rideau Canal skateway runs 7 km through Ottawa, past Canada’s Parliament buildings. It is the largest and only skating rink in the entire world.
Visitors keen to exercise will find plenty of opportunities to see the sights and enjoy hot drinks and snacks at the five rest stops scattered around. The City’s annual Winterlude Festival is one of the many activities and events held here.
Banff, Lake Louise Skating
This spectacular ice skating rink is located outside Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Banff National Park. It’s surrounded by the snowy Canadian Rockies and Victoria Glacier and offers visitors the unique opportunity to go for a spin on Lake Louise. Each year, a magnificent hand-carved ice castle can be found in the middle of the skating arena.