Glasgow’s much-loved winter festival, Elfingrove, has returned for 2022 on November 24, and it’s a big one. Itison brought the country’s largest outdoor ice rink to the city for the festive season.
Described as “an ice-skating experience to rival the great cities of the world” such as New York’s Rockefeller Centre and Vienna’s Ice World, visitors can skate on a huge ice rink against the stunning setting of Elfingrove taking place just outside Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Here you can enjoy a starry night and stunning snowy light show set against the fully illuminated museum whilst gliding across the ice.
The Elfingrove ice rink is fully covered with a see-through roof to marvel at the stunningly lit museum as well as an unbelievable light display during the festive period. Plus, during your 60-minute experience, visitors can take a pit stop and cosy up with hot chocolate and mallows at Elfingrove’s Candyland and do multiple laps of the bespoke ice rink track.
And that’s not all. There is also festive food and drink such as pigs in blankets, fondue, mulled wine and candy cane cocktails in an epic covered bar area, The Après Skate Bar. Plus, this year’s Elfingrove marks the return of the legendary Silent Snow Disco, where you can sing, dance and get into the Christmas spirit as snow falls around you. Another brand new addition is the Snow Wheel, where visitors can take a spin for some majestic views of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, as well as of Glasgow University.
Creator of Elfingrove and itison CEO, Oli Norman, said: “It takes a team of over 150 people to make Elfingrove happen. In a year of doom and gloom our mission is to light up our home city and bring joy, and we are so excited to do that with Elfingrove.
We are also bringing back our E.L.Fund which will distribute 4,000 free tickets to local groups and charities who may otherwise not have been able to attend.”
Running from November 24 until January 8, with time slots every hour between 10am and 9pm, Elfingrove has transformed the banks of the River Kelvin and the magnificent building of Kelvingrove into an immersive experience suitable for all ages. Ice Experience tickets are now on sale and can be bought exclusively on the Elfingrove website here.