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Ice skating in Madrid

Get your skates on, grab the family or friends, and go ice skating in Madrid!

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Time Out Madrid
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Most of us just stumble round and round on ice skates like a herd of clumsy sheep, as we hold on to anything we can to try not to fall. Yet we still go mad for the ice. If you're looking to scrape around in your own ice show in Madrid, look no further. We've compiled a list of ice rinks in the city where you can perfect your figures of eight or just see who can remain upright for the longest.

Azca

Azca

At the foot of the imposing Picasso Tower, right in the financial district of Azca, they've installed for the first time the Javier Fernández ice-skating rink, sponsored by the Madrid-born isce skating champ who's given his name to the space and is also giving all proceeds to the Cris Contra el Cáncer foundation, to help fight childhood cancer. Head over there during this holiday season, because not only is it more than affordable (at just one euro in), it's also contributing to a good cause. 

Daily noon-9pm. Until Jan 6, 2019.

Villa de Vallecas

Vallecas is back for the holiday season with its big 104m2 ice-skating rink where you can skate every day for free! Some 30,000 fun-seekers are expected to take to the ice on Paseo de Federico García Lorca before the season is finished. And if you've got kids who aren't into sliding around on skates, you'll also find a play area, ice skating shows to watch, and more.

Daily 10am-10pm. Until Jan 6, 2019.

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Galería de Cristal del Palacio de Cibeles

One of the loveliest ice rinks in Madrid is back at the Palacio de Cibeles. Under their impressive glass dome, you can skate around from December 21 to January 7, 2019. You will pay for all that beauty, however, as it's also one of the most expensive: 30 minutes of skating and your rentals will set you back €6 per person. But there's also a huge Christmas tree, classes for the little ones, and a food area for anyone who wants to relax instead of sliding around on the ice.

Daily 11am to 9pm. From Dec 21, 2018 to Jan 7, 2019.
(Dec 21, 4pm-9pm; Dec 24 & 31, 11am-6pm; Dec 25 & Jan 1 5pm-9pm; Jan 5, 11am until closing for the Kings' Day parade).

Vicálvaro

Vicálvaro

Located at the Vicálvaro fairgrounds (Paseo del Polideportivo, 146), the ice-skating rink of the same name joins in the fun with this open-air option that won't cost you a cent to get in, perfect to take the kids (wrapped up warm and in gloves) during the holiday season.

Daily from Dec 11, 2018 to Jan 7, 2019.

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Alcalá

Alcalá

There's nothing like a little day trip out of the capital city to skate a bit in a nearby town and explore all there is there. Alcalá de Henares offers a programme of activities that leaves no room for them to envy Madrid. The epicentre of the festivities is between the Recinto Ferial (fairgrounds) and Plaza Cervantes, which are joined together by a tourist train. In the fairgrounds you'll find a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, a tent with activities such as theatre, music and magic, and the biggest ice skating rink in all of Spain.

Until Dec 21, 2018: Mon-Fri, 5pm-10pm; Sat, Sun, holidays, 11am-11pm.
Dec 22, 2018 to Jan 6, 2019: Mon-Fri noon-10pm; Sat, Sun, holidays, 11am-11pm.

La Vaguada

La Vaguada

The ice-skating rink next to the La Vaguada shopping centre opens its doors ever year until January 7, and this year is no different. For €5 you can twirl around the ice from Monday to Friday, and that goes up to €7.50 on Saturday, Sunday, holidays, and the eve of a holiday. Plus this year there's also an ice ramp where you can go down on a sledge (€3 for 15 minutes) from Monday to Thursday, and for the same price (but only for 5 minutes) on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Don't forget your gloves!

Daily 11am-10pm. Until Jan 7, 2019.

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