As the year progresses into its darker months, anticipation builds for the enchanting winter attractions and activities that lie ahead during the festive season.

From the mesmerising sparkle of lights to the warmth of cosy gatherings, organisers and event planners are preparing to craft experiences that embrace the spirit of this magical time.

The Queen’s House Greenwich magical open-air ice rink returns on November 23, 2023.

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The launch of the rink is extra special this year because on the opening Saturday (November 25, 2023), the Queen’s House will host a day of festive fun to kick off another successful skating season.

The rink is open every day (apart from Christmas) from November 23 to January 7.

The first skate session starts at 11am and the last skate session starts at 8pm.

From December 22 onwards, skate sessions start at 10am.

Child tickets are £10-£12, adult tickets are £17-£19 (depending on peak and off-peak sessions) and students from £11.90.

Activities will include face painting, crafts, character actors and a live choir performance.

Most activities will be provided free of charge, but visitors are encouraged to check the website for further information regarding timings and prices (where applicable) ahead of their visit.

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The Queen's House ice rink offers a unique experience with stunning surroundings.

It is located amidst iconic architecture, offering views of both Greenwich Park and the sparkling lights of Canary Wharf.

This combination provides visitors with some of the most beautiful views in London.

The Queen's House ice rink is located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, adding to the picturesque ambiance of the skating experience.

Visitors can enjoy the lively atmosphere while their family and friends skate.

They have the option to indulge in winter treats like delicious hot chocolate and can either watch from the side of the rink or relax in the festive café area of the skate exchange.

The Queen's House, a part of Royal Museums Greenwich, provides an opportunity to have a full day of activities.

Visitors can explore other attractions such as the renowned Cutty Sark and experience the Prime Meridian.

They can also enjoy Christmas shopping at the museum shops or Greenwich Market.

Greenwich is easily accessible through convenient transport links, including an 8-minute journey from London Bridge or a boat ride along the River Thames.

Additionally, parking facilities are available at the site.