Bolton Christmas Festival


Covered Ice Rink

Our fabulous covered ice rink is back and its bigger than ever before!  This crowning glory will light up Victoria Square once again and turn Bolton town centre into a magical Winter wonderland.  Come and join us with the whole family – whether you’re a newbie or an expert twirler our ice rink is suitable for everybody.  If you don’t fancy giving the ice ago, don’t worry, we’ve got an indoor and outdoor skate exchange/viewing area where you can watch your friends and family practicing their pirouettes (or just generally having fun!)!

“Have fun on the ice”

The ice rink will be taking centre stage on Victoria Square from 8th December to 6th January 2018

All abilities are welcome and there are sessions to suit everyone with the numbers of skaters on the ice managed to ensure that everyone can enjoy themselves in a safe environment. For general public skating the ice rink can hold up to 180 people per session but the Penguin Club (parent and child sessions) are limited to 120 people with a maximum of 2 children per adult. We also offer special school sessions, where just 40 skaters plus a maximum of five school teachers can have a fun time.

Opening times

Saturday, 8th December to Sunday 6th January daily from 9am to 8.30pm (times vary so please do check when booking)
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Some sessions are reserved for block bookings so please check availability in advance.
To avoid disappointment we suggest you pre-book your skating tickets.

Tickets can be purchased
online via the links or at;

  • Winter Festival box office
    Bolton Town Centre, Victoria Square, Bolton BL1 1SA
Booking office: 0843 208 1854
Please note there will be school only sessions each week day between 10th and 18th December (ask at your school for details)

Private Events

Rink block group booking £500
Please contact us if you are interested in booking the whole rink for your group – there are limited slots available.

Penguin Club

Join us at our super fun Penguin Club sessions especially for parents and children!
Aimed at parents and guardians of children aged 8 years and under, Penguin Club offers a safe and fun environment for you and your little ones to enjoy an ‘ice’ time together! Its great value too at just £3.50 per person and only £2 to hire a skating aid, we also keep numbers a little lower at these sessions so that children aren’t overwhelmed.
9-10am Saturday and Sundays, plus daily from 20th December to 6th January (excludes Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)

Public Skate

Grab your friends and family and join the festive fun on the ice. With each session lasting one hour – which includes 15 minutes to get on / off the rink and 45 minutes to show us your moves on the ice, these slots offer a perfect, fun activity for everyone.
And with super low prices; £7.50 for adults, £4 for children, £5 for concessions/students and £21 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) what’s not to love!
*please note that children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult onto the ice

Christmas Cracker

Get your money’s worth on our select, extended afternoon sessions. From Monday 10th to Friday 14th December and Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th December we’re offering extra long skating sessions of an hour and a half for even less dosh – only £5 per person!

Happy Hour and a Half

Forget happy hour, we’re introducing a happy hour and a half session this year! This super long session is aimed at all you budding Torvill and Deans’! On selected evenings throughout the Winter Festival this extra-long slot offers an additional half hour of time on the ice – for FREE…for the same low price as a regular session – £7.50 per adult and £4 per child. Gather your friends and come along!

Midday Madness

Make your way down to Bolton town centre and join us on the ice for a weekday winter treat! From Monday 10th – Friday 14th December and Monday 17th – Friday 21st December, enjoy a full hour on the ice (plus 15 minutes to get on / off), from 12noon till 1.15pm. And all for the super value price – £5 per person.

Tickets can be purchased online via the links or at:

  • Winter Festival box office – Bolton Town Centre, Victoria Square, Bolton BL1 1SA

  • Booking office: 0843 208 1854