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

Winter Wonderland will open in the Old Market Square on Tuesday November 15, 2022, and offers seven weeks of great family festive fun in the city, right up to New Year’s Eve, Nottingham City Council have confirmed.

According to the Mellors Group and Nottingham City Council, construction works in preparations for festive season in the city will start soon in the 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.

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

The organisers say people will 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.

Furthermore, there’ll be live entertainment, too and to be sure of a seat people are encouraged to book tables online in advance.

The Nottingham City Council says there will be an observation wheel in front of the Council House offering views of the twinkling city lights and Nottingham’s Christmas tree.

The City Council implores those willing for a quick service, they will need to book in advance for fast-track priority access.

For those who want to treat themselves, or their loved ones, then Sky Skate VIP could be what you are looking for as they will get a rink side table with food and drink plus on-off access to the ice path.

However, for an all-inclusive offer, Sky Skate AAA includes the Ice Bar experience and a ride on the Observation Wheel and the Winter Wonderland will be open from 15 November to 31 December.

Nottingham City Council are informing the public that reduced price skating tickets are available on Mondays to Thursdays outside the school holidays and that between Christmas and New Year, there is a special all-attractions family ticket offer.

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Planning at Nottingham City Council, said they are proud to offer residents and visitors this exciting centrepiece for Christmas in Nottingham.

Councillor Kotsonis said Winter Wonderland will bring people into the city centre, not only from Nottingham but the wider region adding that that the City Council is 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,” he concludes.

Edward Mellors of the Mellors Group on his part said that it is great to be bringing Winter Wonderland back to Old Market Square for Christmas.

Edward Mellors: “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 that through a 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”.

Mr. Flint explains that they are 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.

According to Mr. Flint, Nottingham Business Improvement District play a vital role in bringing trade into the city centre noting, “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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