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Get your skates on this Christmas!

Set in The Parade, families can relish in the magic of Christmas, as Watford Borough Council’s Big Skate (24 November to 13 January) - which last year saw more than 10,000 take to the ice - returns for its fifth year.

There's no better way to get into the festive spirit, as the ice rink takes centre stage for any budding Torvill and Deans and happy amateurs alike. Plus, penguin skate aids are available to hire for those looking for some extra help.

To mark the opening day, the Birmingham Ice Freestylers will be wowing crowds with their ice acrobatics and dancing throughout the day, with breakdancing, stunts and fire-breathing all part of the planned performance.

The rink isn’t just for skaters. If you’re coming along to watch you’ll be well looked after with a great range of local food and drink on offer. You can warm yourself up with hot drinks at the ski lodge bar at the rink or from one of the stalls or restaurants in the town centre.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Watford’s outdoor ice rink has become a real Christmas feature for the town. It means that people from Watford and nearby can experience this lovely winter time treat right on their doorstep. I’m really proud that we can put on these events.”

There’s plenty of parking nearby at the town centre car parks but we encourage people to use public transport during busy periods. Interlink also has a bus stop on Rickmansworth Road, which is also just a few seconds walk away.

You can turn up on the day and skate if the rink hasn’t yet reached full capacity, or book a ticket in advance at watfordbigevents.co.uk, where you can also find costs and the full festive opening hours. Normal hours are 11am – 9pm at the weekends, and 12noon to 9pm during the week.