Whether or not you think this is actually the most wonderful time of the year (mixed reviews here at Hg2 Headquarters), last night’s thermometer readings are proof positive that winter is really and truly here. No more hiding our heads in the proverbial sands of summer, folks, winter is here. So instead of hiding in denial, we’ve decided to celebrate this chilly season by taking a look at one of the most festive traditions we can think of: ice rinks!
Even if you don’t skate (who really does?), there is something so intrinsically charming about the flail of mittened hands gliding most ungracefully across a shimmery surface while the rest of us look on smugly over a cup of steaming mulled wine. A tradition we can get on board with.
Here are some of the most unusual and beautiful urban ice rinks we’ve found.
Skating on the canal in Amsterdam.
A classic: Christmas skating in Rockefeller Center, New York.
Iconic skating at Somerset House in London.
Embarcadero skating rink in San Francisco.
Another classic: skating under skyscrapers in New York’s Central Park.
Toronto Ice Rink at Nathan Philips Square.
Know of another beautiful urban ice rink that we missed? Tell us about it in the comments section below and we might add it to the list!