Skate into the festive season around Wales

It doesn't matter if you're more like Torvill and Dean or Bambi; ice-skating is a fun way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit, whatever your ability. There are some great outdoor rinks popping up across the country this winter. Get your skates on, have a laugh and burn some energy (got to make room for a mince pie afterwards!)

Cardiff Winter Wundercoverland

10 Nov 2016 - 3 Jan 2017

Cardiff Winter Wundercoverland
Cardiff Winter Wundercoverland by Cardiff City Council

To keep skaters dry, Cardiff's Winter Wonderland has become the punny 'Winter Wundercoverland', thanks to the addition of a clear roof over the rink. Visitors will be able to skate for a whopping 55 days throughout the festive season, closing only on Christmas Day. Along with the rink, there'll be fairground rides and the Alpine Village, so you won't be short of tasty treats and things to do. If you have time, check out the Christmas Market along The Hayes, too.

Celtic Manor Ice Kingdom

24 Nov 2016 - 2 Jan 2017

Ice skating at The Celtic Manor

Ice Skating at The Celtic Manor

 by The Celtic Manor

The rooftop garden at this upscale golf and country resort near Newport has had a seasonal makeover. This year it is home to a big undercover ice rink. The roof is clear, so you can skate outside without being rained on yet still see the wintery sky. Surrounding the rink is the Ice Kingdom, where you can buy warming drinks and giant sausages from the Bratwurst Hut. Head down after dark for a more grown-up atmosphere.

Swansea Waterfront Wonderland

18 Nov 2016 - 8 Jan 2017

Swansea Waterfront Wonderland

Swansea Waterfront Wonderland

 by The City and County of Swansea

Back for its eleventh year, Waterfront Winterland brings festive frolics to Swansea city centre. The alpine cabins and funfair attractions have moved in to Museum Park by the National Waterfront Museum, not to mention a big all-ages ice rink and a smaller children-only ice rink. Partner your visit to the site with some Christmas shopping in The Quadrant shopping centre or on Oxford Street.

Bargoed ice rink 

14 Dec - 18 Dec 2016

Bargoed Ice Rink

Bargoed Ice Rink

 by Caerphilly County Borough Council

For five days in this December, you can ice skate at Bargoed's pop-up ice rink. Morrisons' underground car park is transformed into a rink, where members of the public can skate for half an hour at a time between 10am and 7pm. For extra festive fun, pop into the free Santaís Grotto on 17-18 December between 11am and 4pm. On the Saturday, you can also meet reindeers, while on the Sunday you can meet donkeys.

Barry ice rink 

26 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Barry Ice Rink

Barry Ice Rink

 by Vale of Glamorgan Council

What did Barry get for Christmas? An ice rink! Central Park, near Barry town hall, will become Ice Central for eight days as part of the area's winter events programme. There will be an undercover ice rink, food and drinks stalls, live music and Christmassy scenes. Take in the town centre's Christmas lights on route for bonus festive feels.

Let's Skate: Christmas at Theatr Clwyd

1 Dec - 2 Jan (Open every day in Dec apart from Christmas Day) From 10am daily (12pm on 26 Dec and 1&2 Jan)

Theatr Clwyd

Skating at Theatr Clwyd

 by Theatr Clwyd

Ice skating comes to Theatr Clwyd, Mold, with a 10m x 20m, outdoor, covered, real ice rink to our to add to the company's festive repertoire of shows and entertainment. Strap on your blades and glide around the ice in a 45 minute session that's perfect for getting in the mood for Christmas. You'll also find a funfair, winter gifts, food cabins and a bistro to whet your appetite.