Christmas Ice Skating at Manchester Ice Rink in London Road

Winter Gathering London Road Fire StationThe Winter Gathering is the perfect place to soak up the Christmas atmosphere in Manchester City Centre

Manchester Ice Rink is back on 11th November 2016 right up to Boxing Day and better than ever in our new home in London Road Fire Station, just across from Piccadilly Station.  The perfect festive activity where friends, family and loved ones can skate under the stars while enjoying a wide variety of food and attractions in this atmospheric building.

Manchester Ice Rink welcomes all ages and ability of skaters, whether you’re a pro or a first timer, you will be sure to enjoy the experience in this stunning Manchester City Centre location. The 620sqm of real ice rink is one of the largest rinks in the Greater Manchester area and can hold up to 120 skaters. Sessions last for 45 minutes and we advise that skaters arrive 15 to 20 minutes before their session to get their skates on.

You don’t need to be worried if you haven’t skated before as there is a handrail right around all sides of the rink for your safety. The Manchester Ice Rink experienced team of Ice Marshals will only be too pleased to offer assistance and advice on how to enjoy your skating. There is also a great sound system with DJ’s and live music  and we have a super state of the art light show to enhance the experience.

The family focused sessions are the first three sessions of the day when all the skating penguins are on the ice and the staff will also provide hands on assistance. There is no separate kiddies rink due to space restrictions at Manchester Ice Rink, however they do provide skates for all ages and they have got great skating aids.

Food and Drink

The award winning British Street Food are bringing a wide variety of top notch cooks to the Winter Gathering from 3pm each day or 10am on holidays and weekends. All tastes are catered for with So Salad Crew, Steel Smoking, Wing It, Nanny Bills and Bangers and Bacon all in London Road Fire Station. For liquid refreshment there’s everything from  Second City Coffee  to the Champers Van. We have teamed up with the bars to bring you some packages for our evening sessions.


Some of Manchester’s most exciting designer makers to The Winter Gathering, ensuring you find that perfect gift this Christmas while you eat, drink and skate. As well as art, pottery and clothing we also have the ultimate in urban scooters made right here in Manchester! Take a look at the Winter Gathering site for details.


There’s a wide variety of music acts planned to keep the Fire Station buzzing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Generally we start off with a DJ set from 6pm and then live bands from 8pm until 11pm. There’s great variety so check out the Winter Gathering Music Schedule for details.

Venue Parking

Manchester Ice Rink is on in the old Fire Station building on the A6 London Road, opposite Manchester Piccadilly Station. Sat Nav: M1 2PN.  The Piccadilly Place Car Park is directly opposite the North side of the Fire Station and there  are NCP Car Parks in Minshull St, Whitworth St and Chatham St – see

Manshester Ice Rink in London Road is easy to get to by train, tram or bus too, check out our Find Us page for details.

Disability Access

People with disabilities are welcome at Manchester Ice Rink.

The new ice rink arena is accessible to wheelchair users and there is a ramp in place for you to gain access to the ice rink. The Ice Marshalls and staff are available to assist you if needed.

If you do have any special requirements do try to let the team know in advance by calling us on 0161 8209718, or through our contact form and we will do everything in our power to assist you.

Manchester ICe Rink 2016