Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival returns with Covid-19 safety measures

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival returns with Covid-19 safety measures

by Culture Liverpool

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival is back with a bang this winter, with a host of exciting attractions as well as Gold Standard health and safety measures to ensure a fabulous COVID-19 safe day out for all the family.

The festive event again takes place at Pier Head, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland with family-friendly attractions including a covered outdoor ice rink, ice slide, ice-themed rides, funfair, food stalls and a Christmas market.

This year’s ice rink will be the biggest-ever, but no increase in capacity means there’ll be even more space for skaters to enjoy themselves, as well as ensure greater social distancing. Other safety measures include increased hygiene, robust sanitization systems, and staggered start times so fewer people will be on the ice at any one time. All comply with the Gold Standard for COVIDsecure temporary ice rink attractions, which has been created by a consortium of industry experts and incorporates measures that are in line with, or exceed, government guidelines.

Those measures will also apply to other exciting attractions including the UK’s longest ice slide, which offers fabulous views of the Three Graces as you speed down its three-lane 30-metre course that starts six metres above the festival site.

Special events and offers will take place throughout the season, including 15 per cent discount for students during November off-peak skating sessions.

Away from the ice activities, families can also enjoy a thrilling Ice Jet ride complete with light and sound show, funfair with games and rides for adults and children, and a Christmas market featuring an array of pop-up food and drink stalls offering festive treats such as sizzling German bratwurst, crepes, mulled wine and hot chocolate.

Rob Derry, Managing Director of Events at Arena, the Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival attraction operator said:

“We’re really excited to welcome the Liverpool Ice Festival back at the Pier Head this winter, with a fantastic festive event that will make for a wonderful family treat at the end of what has been a really traumatic year.

“The safety of our guests is always paramount, so we’ve taken a host of measures to make the festival COVID-19 secure, and the increased rink size and staggered start times mean skaters will have a better experience than ever.

“Our family packages make for a great value day out, but the strict capacity and limited numbers of our children’s Penguin skate aids means we’re expecting to be really popular so I’d advise anyone planning to visit to get their skates on and book now!”

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival opens daily from 13 November 2020 to 3 January 2021. Closed Christmas Day. For more information and to book tickets, visit

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