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Christmas at Riverside

Get into the festive spirit with our family Christmas ice skating sessions at Riverside Leisure Centre.

Christmas ice skating at Riverside

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Get into the festive spirit with our family Christmas ice skating sessions, running from 1 to 24 December.

Session run weekends throughout December, plus the 20, 23 and 24 December (Christmas Eve).

  1. Skate in the snow in our beautifully decorated rink
  2. Sing along to Christmas songs
  3. Meet Pops the Penguin, our mascot
  4. Enjoy some winter treats at our new mezzanine cafe 

No booking is necessary; please just turn up on the day and enjoy a skate in the snow!


Days, times and prices


  • Saturdays and Sundays through December 
Extra dates during Christmas holiday 
  • 19, 20 and 23 December
  • Christmas Eve (24 December)

Skating times 

  • 10am to 12pm
  • 2.30pm to 5pm 
Christmas Eve skating times
  • 10am to 4pm 


ourChelmsford Lite
  • Standard: £7.50
  • Family: £22.50
ourChelmsford Plus
  • Standard: £6.50
  • Family: £19.50

Prices do not include skate hire.

Skate hire: £1 per person

Things you need to know

Booking and entrance

  • No pre-booking is available for the Christmas sessions, please just come along to reception or a kiosk and purchase your ticket. 
  • If you need to pay for your session you will need to go to reception or a kiosk to pay and activate your ourChelmsford card. Please collect your wristband from reception.
  • If you have forgotten your card you will need to collect a barcode from reception or a kiosk to get through the barriers. 

Lockers and changing rooms

  • If you want to use a locker, you will need a 50p coin to release the key. The 50p is non refundable.
  • Changing rooms are available.
  • A Changing Places facility is available on poolside or by studio 1.

Ice skates

  • You can get skates at skate hire. You will need to give your shoes in. 
  • You can hire skates from childs size 7 to adults size 14.

Lighting and noise

  • Our Christmas sessions will include loud Christmas music, flashing and/or flickering lights and falling snow from our snow machines.


Penguin skating aids

  • You can hire a penguin skating aids from skate hire for 30 minutes at a cost of £3.
  • To use a penguin, to your chin you must be between 0.8m and 1.2m tall.


Please make sure you read the rule board before going on the ice pad.

About ice skating at Christmas

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Centre opening times

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5.30am to 10pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday, 6am to 9.45pm
Sunday, 6am to 9pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables
You can view our Christmas opening hours.

Our facilities, including the ice rink, may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


All prices are correct to 30 March 2020


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

01245 615050

You can also give us your feedback about the new centre.

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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