The Mellors Group and Nottingham City Council are proud to announce that the city’s Christmas entertainment attraction this year is set to have the wow factor with a Sky Skate ice path and Skate-Through bar for the first time.

Winter Wonderland will open in the Old Market Square on Tuesday 15 November and offers seven weeks of family festive fun in the city, right up to New Year’s Eve. Construction will start this weekend in Old Market Square.

Helping to cement Winter Wonderland’s reputation as one of the top UK Christmas destinations,  a new attraction will be the Sky Skate ice path that will let festive fun seekers skate for 400m around the square high above the crowds. Skaters will be able to stop off along the way at the new for 2022 Skate-Through bar.

If heights aren’t your thing, don’t worry, there will be an ice rink at ground level. You’ll also find the not-to-be-missed Ice Bar, with its minus 10 degrees temperature and ice art. It may be chilly but there’ll be gloves and coats provided. The Ice Bar is super popular, and it’s recommended booking early to avoid disappointment.

The much-loved attractions for younger people return with the toboggan ride, carousels and more.

You’ll be able to enjoy a drink or meal with family and friends at Sur La Piste or Altitude ski chalet bars, with great food from Melt & Grill, the in-house kitchen. There’ll be live entertainment, too. To be sure of a seat you can book tables online in advance. And what would Winter Wonderland be without the Helter Skelter bar.

There will be an observation wheel in front of the Council House offering views of the twinkling city lights and Nottingham’s Christmas tree. You can book in advance for fast-track priority access.

If you want to treat yourself, your loved one, your whole family or all your staff, then Sky Skate VIP could be what you are looking for. You will get a rink side table with food and drink plus on-off access to the ice path. For an all-inclusive offer, Sky Skate AAA includes the Ice Bar experience and a ride on the Observation Wheel.

Corporate and group party bookings are especially welcome. The Mellors Group can tailor their offer to suit individual requirements.

Winter Wonderland will be open from 15 November to 31 December.

Reduced price skating tickets are available on Mondays to Thursdays outside the school holidays. Between Christmas and New Year there is a special all-attractions family ticket offer.

Cllr Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Planning at Nottingham City Council, said: “We are proud to offer residents and visitors this exciting centrepiece for Christmas in Nottingham. Winter Wonderland will bring people into the city centre, not only from Nottingham but the wider region. I’m sure the new skating layout will be a hit with visitors. We’re pleased that by working with the Mellors Group, we are able to stage this fantastic festive attraction at no cost to local taxpayers.”

Edward Mellors of the Mellors Group said: “It’s great to be bringing Winter Wonderland back to Old Market Square for Christmas. We’re truly excited that this year, alongside our already popular bars and attractions, we are introducing the Sky Skate ice path that will provide a truly unique ice-skating experience. After a tough couple of years for everyone I think Nottingham needs to be both optimistic and ambitious this Christmas. It’s time to come together again, to celebrate, and to have fun.”

Alex Flint, CEO of Nottingham Business Improvement District said: “Through our shared vision and collaboration with partners across the city, Nottingham city centre has lots to offer visitors and residents all year round, but this is especially true as we look forward to the Christmas season.

“We’re excited to see the transformation of Nottingham’s Old Market Square’s into Winter Wonderland again this year, and anticipate it being a significant attraction, bringing additional festive shopping and socialising opportunities to the heart of the city.

“Nottingham Business Improvement District play a vital role in bringing trade into the city centre and our members can expect us to be working hard to bring our own Christmas campaign to the city, which will complement this centrepiece of Nottingham’s festive offer and show our collective ambition and passion for the city.”

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