There is so much to look forward to this winter across West Yorkshire, from hours of Christmas shopping, planning an evening stroll at a festive lights trail or visiting as many Christmas markets as you can.

For those looking to do something a little bit different this year, why not try ice skating?

Whether you’re a pro on the skates or you’ve never whizzed around the ice before, wrap up warm and head to your nearest ice rink with family and friends for hours of fun.

You certainly won’t be alone if you find yourself holding on to the sides for most of the time or find yourself grabbing a little plastic penguin to push around for some support – we’ve all been there.

Some of the best places to go ice skating in West Yorkshire

Bradford Ice Arena

Location: 19 Little Horton Lane, Bradford, BD5 0AD

Dates: Various throughout the week

On the Bradford Ice Arena website, it says: “In January 1966 Mecca Leisure Limited opened the ice rink in Bradford under the name of the Silver Blades Ice Rink, it was reputed to be “The finest rink in the world”, with coloured lighting in the barriers, sparkling chandeliers over the ice, and a plush bar and restaurant.”

During the week, there are general public ice skating sessions. On Thursdays, Fridays and over the weekends, there are also family, daytime disco and disco sessions – you can see the full weekly schedule, peak and off-peak ticket prices, and time slots here.

Planet Ice, Leeds

Location: Elland Road, Beeston, Leeds, LS11 0EY

Dates: Various dates throughout the week

From birthday parties to skating lessons and public ice skating sessions there are lots of different activities to book at Planet Ice in Leeds – see full timetable and ticket prices here.

Please note, children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

If you’re looking for even more entertainment, Wizard of Oz on Ice will also be coming to Leeds on Thursday, December 14 for both a matinee and evening performance.

The Planet Ice website says: “This season, Planet Ice present a fun filled version of the Wizard of Oz adapted by the Show & Skate class of amateur skaters and supported by their Professional on Tour cast.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

“This is an ultimate Classic for the entire family to enjoy. You will journey with Dorothy, Toto, and much-loved characters through a story of how you can transform yourself and others, for the better through generosity, kindness, and compassion."

Prices cost £13.50 per adult and £10.50 per child – other ticket prices are available on the Planet Ice website.

Ice Cube in Millennium Square, Leeds

Location: Millennium Square, Victoria Gardens and Cookridge Street, Leeds

Dates: November 24 – December 31

As well as an ice rink there will also be market stalls, a funfair, a ski bar and Thor’s Tipi for all to enjoy over the festive period.

There are different sessions available to book here where you can see the full timetable too.

For ice skating, general admission costs £12 per person and a children’s ticket costs £9.50.

The Ice Cube website adds: “Children under 9 years must be accompanied on the ice by an adult at all times.

When should you put up and take down your Christmas tree?

“Children between the ages of 9 and 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times, however, the adult does not need to skate.”

Ice Rink at Tingley Garden Centre

Location: Thorpe Lane, Tingley, Leeds, WF3 1SL

Dates: Open until January 7

The Tingley Garden Centre website says: “This festive season, Tingley Garden Centre is thrilled to introduce a brand new, enchanting addition to our winter wonderland – an ice rink!

“Get ready to bring your whole family together for an unforgettable experience that will fill your hearts with Christmas cheer.

“Christmas is all about spending quality time with your loved ones, and our ice rink is the perfect place to do just that. Gather your family and friends and make cherished memories on the ice!”

All adult, children and family peak and off-peak tickets can be found here.

Ice Rink at White Rose Shopping Centre

Location: Dewsbury Road, Leeds, LS11 8LU

Dates: November 21 – January 7

The White Rose Shopping Centre website says: “Made with real ice, our rink is fully covered to ensure festive fun whatever the weather.

“We want to make sure it's accessible for all – which is why, in addition to regular sessions, there will be dedicated Parent & Toddler and Quiet sessions, so nobody has to miss out.

“Ice skates will be available to hire, and penguin and seal skating aids are on hand for the little ones (or those needing extra help with their balance).

“Fancy some extra-festive flair on the ice? Every Friday is Disco Night, for those who have the moves and aren't afraid to use them!”

See all time slots and ticket prices on the website.