Ice skating is such a Christmas tradition and something we love to do as a family over the festive season. Each year more ice skating rinks appear, adding to the festive spirit and making an ice skating experience accessible for many more people.
Ice skating at Christmas
We love going ice skating as part of a festive day out. After a day of Christmas shopping, when we’re at a Christmas market, after a trip to see Father Christmas or alongside Christmas events. It’s a great activity and something that we always enjoy, especially if we get to enjoy a delicious hot chocolate afterwards.
So I thought it would be nice to put together all the places you can ice skate this Christmas across Hampshire. It makes a nice change to go ice skating locally rather than venturing into London for the likes of Winter Wonderland or Somerset House.
Many of the outside rinks have viewing spaces that are dog friendly, so your dog could accompany you to the side of the ice rink where you can watch everyone enjoying their time on the ice.
Christmas Ice Skating in Hampshire
Westquay on Ice – Harbour Parade, Southampton SO15 1FQ
Southampton’s premium ice skating experience is back this year and suitable for both beginners and professionals. Bring in the festive cheer with Southampton’s favourite one of a kind ice skating experience. Right outside the Westquay shopping centres, ice skate after seeing Santa or as part of a night out.
When: Until Sunday 7th January 2024
Cost: Adult from £14, child from £12, family tickets from £46 plus booking fees.
Portsmouth on Ice – Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
Get your skates on this festive season, when Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square is transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to a real ice rink.
When: 25th November 2023 to 7th January 2024
Cost: Adult from £13, child from £11, family tickets from £40.
All year round ice rinks in Hampshire
- Planet Ice Basingstoke – Planet Ice Arena, Leisure Park Rd, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
- Planet Ice Gosport – Fareham Rd, Gosport PO13 0ZX
Sadly, Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink doesn’t seem to be happening this year but we hope it comes back to Winchester Christmas Market in the future.
I hope that’s given you some inspiration for ice skating this Christmas. If you’re looking for more festive day out ideas, these articles should help: