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Manchester to get its biggest ever outdoor ice rink for Halloween and Christmas 2022

Manchester's Cathedral Gardens will once again play host to a huge ice rink this year.

Skate Manchester will be bringing its largest ever outdoor rink to the city for Halloween and the festive season.

It opens with Scare Skate next month, which will take place as part of the annual Halloween in the City event.

As ghoulish monsters take over Manchester, one of the iconic MCR monsters will take centre stage at the 813 sqm rink, where there'll be Halloween-themed music and lighting for added effects.

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The rink will open with the Scare Skate event for Halloween (Skate Manchester)

The event runs from October 21 to 31 and promises to 'bring frightfully good fun to half term festivities'.

Following the Halloween event, Cathedral Gardens will then transform into a 'winter wonderland' - with a 'dazzling' seven-metre tall Christmas tree replacing the monster and taking centre stage in the middle of a custom made ice path, which will hold an additional 30 skaters.

Rob Derry, managing director, ice and special events at Arena, which coordinates the event, says: “Halloween is always a spectacular time in Manchester, and we’re thrilled to be part of the iconic Monsters in the City trail for another year. In the beautiful setting of Cathedral Gardens, Scare Skate offers an exciting and unique activity that will bring all of the family together.”

Little ones can get skating aids to help them stay up on the ice (Skate Manchester)

Tickets for Scare Skate are available now, with prices starting at £14.50 for adults and £12.50 for children, with discounted family, group bookings and season tickets also available. Students and key workers will also benefit with a dedicated discount.

Skate Manchester will be open daily from November 2 to January 2, except for Christmas Day. Visit the website here to book.

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