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Christmas at Riverside ice skating

Come and ice skate in our magical winter wonderland at Riverside ice rink this Christmas!

Christmas skating

Two illustrated ice skaters ice skating on a snowy winter rink in the forest, surrounded by trees and coloured Christmas lights

This December, get into the Christmas spirit and come ice skating at our magical winter wonderland at Riverside ice rink.

Skate in the snow under our beautiful decorations and Christmas lights, soak up the festive atmosphere and sing along to your favourite Christmas songs. Then warm up afterwards by enjoying some tasty treats at our mezzanine café. 

You might even be able to catch a glimpse of a special guest visiting from the South Pole; our very merry mascot Pops the penguin!

You can enjoy skating in our winter wonderland from 4 December right through to New Years Eve.

Penguin aids will be available for hire for children to enjoy safe, fun skating.

Dates, times and prices

Dates of sessions

  • 4 and 5 December
  • 11 and 12 December
  • 18 and 19 December
  • 20 to 23 December
  • Christmas Eve
  • 27 to 30 December
  • New Year's Eve 


  • Weekends: 10am to 12pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Weekdays: 10am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 4pm


Prices include skate hire.

ourChelmsford Lite card
  • Standard: £8.20
  • Family*: £24.60
ourChelmsford Plus card
  • Standard: £7.20
  • Family*: £21.60

*A family ticket is one adult and three children or two adults and two children.


We recommend that you book our popular Christmas ice skating sessions in advance. 

Sessions start from 4 December. 

  • ourChelmsford monthly members can book 10 days in advance of a session, from 24 November.
  • ourChelmsford Plus card holders can book 7 days in advance of a session, from 27 November.
  • ourChelmsford Lite card holders can book 2 days in advance of a session, from 2 December.

How to book

Essential information

Ice skates

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


  • You should wear clothing that is easy to move in but not too loose.
  • No scarves or hats are allowed on the ice pad.
  • We recommend that you wear gloves and long socks for comfort when skating.

Penguin skating aids

  • You can hire a penguin skating aids from skate hire for 30 minutes at a cost of £3.50.
  • To use a penguin, to your chin you must be between 0.8m and 1.2m tall.

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.

Lighting and noise

  • These sessions may include loud music, strobe, flashing and/or flickering lights.


  • If you can't attend a session that you have booked, you must cancel at least two hours before it starts.
  • You can cancel online or via the app
  • We will charge you the full amount for the session if you do not cancel in time, or if you do not attend. This includes monthly members. 


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

Suitable for

For all in circle with arrow
Please bring
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Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables
Christmas opening hours


  • State of the art gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2022.

All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.


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Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

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