Southport Christmas Ice Rink and Winter Wonderland

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
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Southport Christmas Ice Rink at Town Hall Gardens, Southport 7 December 2018 — 5 January 2019 Tickets from £4.50 — Book now

Southport’s the place to head for seaside festive antics.

Zoom, glide (or, in our case skuffle, hanging onto the sides) around an open air ice rink in the Town Hall Gardens and admire one of the largest LED Christmas Trees in the UK.

A work of art in its own right, sequenced light shows programmed with over twenty thousand lights are set to provide gorgeous fodder for lasting memories and lovely pics. You can even walk inside the 60 foot stunner for a whole other twinkly perspective, as well as skating past it to the sound of Christmas music.

Festive chalets surrounding the ice rink will be selling family-friendly seasonal food and drink to warm your cockles. Street entertainment across the weekends of the 8th and 15th of December will also add to the warm glow.

Southport Christmas Tree

It’s always a good time of year to head to Southport in our book. December is still often mild across this stretch of the North West coast, which has it’s own micro-climate.

In addition to this special festive outdoors experience, there are over 400, 000 Christmas lights spread across the town.

We recommend hitting The Atkinson early doors and checking ahead to also book into a show. Cruise the beautiful Victorian shopping arcades for some alternative Christmas shopping and, if you have enough time, we always love the chance to BFG our way around the Southport Model Railway Village too.

Right, we are off to get our skates on.

Southport Christmas Ice Rink at Town Hall Gardens, Southport 7 December 2018 — 5 January 2019 Tickets from £4.50 Book now

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The Atkinson
The Atkinson

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Southport Pier

Southport Pier opened in 1860, making it the oldest iron pier in Great Britiain. It is also the second-longest in the country.

Southport Seafront
Southport Seafront

As well as being home to the Southport Air Show, there are many nostalgic seaside delights on Southport’s seafront, including the iconic pier.

Victoria Park

In Southport’s town centre is Victoria Park, home to the famous Southport Flower Show, Southport Food and Drink Festival and the British Musical Fireworks Championship

Formby Beach

A beautiful National Trust beach which emerges from glorious coastal pinewoods. The ideal spot for walking the dog and spying red squirrels.

Moor Hall

Fine dining in a renovated grade II listed manor house. Offering some of the country’s most innovative dishes in beautiful surroundings.

Number One South Beach
Number One South Beach

Set just south of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, guests will find Number One South Beach has stunning sea views, a stylish restaurant and its own golf simulator, complete with waiter service.

White Tower Restaurant

The White Tower is renowned for its spectacular views of the sea and the famous Blackpool promenade, and its outstanding service.

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Home to over 125 rides and attractions, including the world famous Big One and Infusion, the world’s only suspended looping coaster completely over water. Pleasure Beach Arena is also home to the Hot Ice show, the longest running ice show in the world.

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