A magical winter experience


Sunderland’s favourite festive event held in Keel Square is back in 2021…ready to deliver a magical winter experience for people of all ages.

Set in the iconic Keel Square, we promise to deliver the best year yet at Sunderland Ice Rink with our fantastic new all weather ice rink…say goodbye to the rain and wind in 2021…we now have huge marquee covering us from the elements!

With skating aid
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Sunderland Ice Rink 2019

Opening Times & Prices

We are open daily from 27th November to 3rd January (closed only on Christmas & New Years Day)

12:00 – 21:00 weekdays (last skate 20:00)
10:00 – 21:00 weekends (last skate 20:00)

Skating sessions last up to 45 minutes. Your ticket price includes skate hire and excludes the online booking fee.

We recommend that you arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your session to get ready to take to the ice!

Please note that the last skating session is 20:00-21:00

*Bookings required for Christmas Eve & New Years Eve

Purchase your tickets online now




Suitable for ages 18 years and over



Children/ Teen*

Suitable for children aged between 5 – 17 *Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied on the ice by an adult *Children aged 10-12 must be supervised by an adult rink side



Small Child*

Suitable for ages 4 and under

*Children aged 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst on the ice rink. 



Family Ticket

1 Adult + 3 Children or 2 Adults + 2 Children



Skating Aid

There are a limited number of skating aids available per session and they are available on a first come, first serve basis!

Book your tickets now...

Exclusive use of the ice rink is available: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 12:00 noon* (up until Friday 17th December). We accept bookings from schools & private groups

Contact us to make a booking



These little handy tips will help make your experience with us just that little bit better…


Remember to bring your e-ticket which would have been emailed over to you upon booking. If it's on your phone we can also scan it

Be on time

Your booking lasts for 45 minutes on the ice, so we advise arriving 10-15 minutes early to get checked in and get those skates on ready


For safety reasons, phones and cameras are not allowed whilst on the ice. Ask a friend or family member whose not on the ice to capture that moment on ice

Our Skates

Skates are included in the ticket price and available from a child size 4 (double bladed skate) up to an adult size 15

your skates

You are welcome to bring your own ice skates with you (subject to a suitability check and please also note that speed skates are not allowed)

Keep warm

Remember it's winter people so please wear suitable clothing for skating on ice and wrap up warm....we want you to have an amazing time with us

get a little extra support

Skating Aids

Is this your child’s first time on ice? Or does your little one struggle staying on their feet?

Make sure you arrive early to get a ‘little helper’ for your children from only £4. Our skating aids are 140cm high and are suitable for children of all ages

We only have a small number available per session and they are available on a first come first serve basis.

*Sadly, we do not have any skate aids suitable to support adults or taller children.

have Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions

We are delighted to say that we reopen on Saturday 27th November!

Our skating sessions run on the hour and are 45 minutes long. The 15-minute interval between sessions is used to monitor the ice and resurface if required.

If you have pre-booked your skating tickets online, you can take them straight to skate exchange. We advise arriving at the skate exchange to get your skates at least 30 minutes before your session during busy times.

To ensure you receive your full 45 minutes on the ice, you need to allow plenty of time to collect your skates and to ensure they are fitted correctly. If you need any assistance fitting your skates, please speak to a member of staff.

No problem. Firstly, please check your “Junk Folder” in your email account which you used for your booking. If you still can’t find it please click here and confirm; your name, date of booking and your email address and we will get your tickets sent over to you.

There is no fees for spectators, you enjoy the wonderful offerings at Keel Square square as well as our fabulous Christmas market

Skate hire is included in the ticket price.

Our skates go from a child size 4 (double bladed skate) up to an adult size 15. If your child is child size 9 or below, please ensure they have a good pair of shoes with them for the double-bladed skate to clip over.

Yes. Skate hire is included in your ticket price but you are welcome to wear your own hockey or figure skates. Your shoes can be stored at the skate exchange or in the lockers at the venue.

Yes, the ice rink is real ice which is created using our rapid freeze technology. The ice rink is a municipal temporary rink, and as such is not intended for professional use. The ice surface is checked between each session for quality and safety, and if necessary resurfaced. The ice can either be dry or wet and both types are perfectly suitable for skating. During busy sessions, the ice surface can become rutted due to the action of skating. Please ensure that you are skating in a suitable manner, always keeping a lookout for ice conditions and other skaters.

The ice rink is wheelchair friendly. Manual wheelchairs are permitted on the ice with a competent person pushing, the person assisting on the ice Gains entry for free. Electric Wheelchairs are not permitted on the ice due to control issues.

*We recommend any wheelchair users use the ice rink during quieter periods in the week so that they can enjoy the ice rink much more without lots of people on the ice.

Find us

Keel Square is at the heart of Sunderland city centre
If you have any questions which have not been answered, please contact us via the link below

What our others skaters have said

I bring my family every year (well with the exception of Covid times) and we always have an amazing time, so much so we come a few times over xmas. Can't wait to come this year!
Well done Sunderland on putting this on again. It really gives the community a great chance top feel festive and put the past couple of years behind it. A place we can all enjoy!
With skating aid

How to find us

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