The air is colder and so is the ground. That means ice skating rinks are fully back in swing, and we've found our top 5 around the world for the upcoming winter season. Whether you're enjoying a European holiday or spending time in marvelously decorated New York City, here's' your guide for the best ice skating rinks in some of our favorite cities.
New York - The Rink at Rockefeller Center
One of the city's most celebrated winter events, ice skating on The Rink at Rockefeller Center is a classic tradition that has been around since Christmas 1936. Appearing in many movies with the enormous lit-up tree in the background, this is the iconic backdrop of every New York holiday for both residents and visitors alike.
London - Natural History Museum Ice Rink
A magical setting for your London adventure, The Natural History Museum Ice Rink at South Kensington is a must this festive season. The rink is ideal for an afternoon spent skating, as it also has its own Alpine-themed Café Bar overlooking the rink. This is a wonderful place to warm up with a hot chocolate or a cup of mulled wine, whether you're skating or not. The Natural History Museum Ice Rink also offers special packages to add some culture to your skating session, such as their Scoff & Banter afternoon tea package.
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Milan - Villagio delle Meraviglie
Returning every year, Villaggio delle Meraviglie, one of Milan's most popular Christmas festivals and markets, is held in the beautiful Giardini Indro Montanelli. The festival hosts its own ice skating rink, attracting visitors of young and old, and the festival includes shopping, warm mulled wine, many activities for children, and maybe even a visit from Santa himself.
Munich - Münchner Eiszauber
For the best ice skating in Munich, the Münchner Eiszauber at Karlsplatz Stachus is the ideal place to go. The largest open-air ice rink in Munich, the Eiszauber is full of fun activities, as it is surrounded by Christmas-themed stalls serving mulled wine and warm treats. The atmosphere here is cheerful and festive, and visitiors return every year for this beloved tradition.
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Zürich - Dolder Kunsteisbahn
Built in 1930, Dolder Kunsteisbahn is one of the largest open-air ice skating rinks in Europe. Every year, a glorious Christmas tree illuminates the center of the ice, attracting visitors celebrating the holiday season in this extraordinary Swiss city. On Friday and Saturday evenings during the winter, flaming torches light up the ice, transforming the rink into an even more magical place.
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