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One of the best ways to create a Christmas vibe is ice skating and there’s no shortage of high quality rinks in and around Essex. Among the most popular is at the Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre in the lively town of Chelmsford, and at Christmas time it is transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland.
Open every weekend throughout December, the ice rink is adorned with spectacular Christmas decorations, while a snow machine creates an enchanting artificial blizzard effect. Close your eyes and you could be in Greenland itself!
But that’s not all. Tiny elves are there to greet skaters while carol singers regale visitors with their dulcet tones. There’s also market stalls selling seasonal produce, plus a Santa’s Grotto were kids can meet the main man himself, and even pick up a prezzie from Santa’s sack – if they’ve been well-behaved this year, of course. This is surely what Christmas is all about!
Of course, most people come here first and foremost for the skating and if you’re a novice and are worried about spending more time on your rear than on your feet, then there’s no need! The venue prides itself on being warm and welcoming to all-comers – it even provides penguin ice skating aids for the little ones – and never is this truer than during the Riverside Winter Wonderland.
This is a fantastic Christmas event that can be enjoyed by all the family, young and old, ice skating beginners and veterans alike. You’ll love the atmosphere, which is saturated in the spirit of Christmas, and are sure to leave desperate to return. Why not come and see for yourself?
Tickets from £5
1 – 24 December