Ice Village Manchester features the UK's biggest ever ice attraction and it is well worth a visit during this festive season. The village is situated in the Cathedral Gardens and includes the Ice Cavern, the Artic Bar, Santa's Grotto and an ice rink. These events will be running until the 6th January 2019 and tickets for each event can be purchased online or from the box office outside the village.
The Ice Cavern is a fantastic interactive experience that is fun for all the family. As you enter you make your way on a journey through a polar landscape of explorers, bears and huskies all the way to Santa's frozen workshop. Here you will see all the cogs and pistons working at full capacity, manned by mischievous elves as they get ready for the big day. Don't forget to wrap up warm as it is minus 10 inside the cavern.
The sculptures are huge and so very intricate and they have been made out of 250 tonnes of crystal clear ice. You are encouraged to touch the ice throughout the experience and you can even sit in Santa's frozen armchair at the end of your journey. There are also hidden references to Manchester's history and culture woven throughout this icy odyssey. We loved spotting Emmeline Pankhurst amongst the sculptures!
After you have visited the Ice Cavern there is lots more to explore and venture to, including a very large ice rink and a visit to the Christmas markets. They have a smaller selection of stalls here, which serves all the main attractions, including sausages, pancakes and paella! There is a lot of seating in the ice village and space for children to run round and it wasn't as busy as the main markets in town, so it made for the perfect family day out.