Get Your Skates On: Our Guide To Ice Skating Dates

Get Your Skates On: Our Guide To Ice Skating Dates

There’s something inherently romantic about ice skating. It’s the combination of wintery atmosphere, sparkling lights, and potentially grabbing onto someone as you try not to fall is hard to beat. Whether you’re looking for a first date to take your crush on, or you and your partner are looking to share a magical experience together - ice skating could be right up your street.

The good news about ice skating dates is that they’re not too hard to come by. Although definitely easier to do in winter rather than summer (for obvious reasons), pop up ice skating rinks can be found all over the country. With indoor and outdoor rinks, there’s plenty of choice to be had. Some can even be found as part of a winter market, making them even more magical. If you want to keep things nearby, the local indoor ice skating rink is just as good of an option. These aren’t temporary either, so there’ll be many more opportunities to enjoy visiting them throughout the year. 

If you want to learn more about planning the ultimate ice skating date, keep reading. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from what to wear to first date tips. Let’s get into it!

What to wear on an ice skating date

When considering an ice skating date outfit, you’ll want to prioritize comfort and warmth first. Skating rinks with an ice floor will need to remain freezing, so you’ll want to layer up. Even artificial ice rinks are chilly, especially when they’re outside. Here’s our suggestions on what to wear on an ice skating date:

Layer up:

Multiple thin layers are the best way to keep toasty on the ice. Think thermals, turtlenecks and long sleeved shirts. Another benefit to these layers is that, if you warm up on the ice, you can remove them. 

Avoid wearing anything that could get caught up in your skates:

You’ll also want to make sure you don’t wear anything too long and loose, as you don’t want to get any fabric caught up in your skates.

Comfort is key

Likewise, don’t opt for anything too tight. You want to be able to comfortably move as you’re going around the rink.

Opt for warmth:

If you’re wanting to wear a dress or skirt, team it up with a pair of leggings or wooly tights. 

Thick woolen socks are great for keeping your feet warm, as well as preventing blisters from forming.

Highlight your personality:

Show a little personality and personal style through your hat, gloves, scarf, or accessories. Remember, even though you’re on an activity date, you should still dress to feel like ‘you’.

Ice skating first date tips

Ice skating can make for a brilliant first date, and really - excuse the pun - break the ice. Sharing an experience rather than sitting down to a conversation can be a little more relaxed, especially for those who are a little bit nervous. Here are some top tips for an ice skating first date to help it glide smoothly along:

  • First, figure out if ice skating is right for both of you. This activity requires a good level of balance and confidence, and whilst you can have a giggle when someone falls over, no one should feel self conscious or intimidated throughout. After all, it’s supposed to be fun!
  • Tempted by an ice skating date, but a little nervous? Some rinks have skating aids you can use. Sure, they can look a little goofy (hello giant penguin) but who cares? You’re both here to enjoy yourselves.
  • Know if you have to buy tickets ahead of time. You don’t want to both get there and realize that you needed to reserve a spot beforehand!
  • If you’re not a fan of crowds, research off-peak skating sessions. Not only could these be a little cheaper, they’ll be quieter too.
  • Check if you need to bring your own skates, or if you’re able to rent them.
  • You may be tempted to have a little dutch courage before your date, but we recommend not drinking beforehand. This may make you more uncoordinated than usual, and risk getting injured. Save the drinking until afterwards!
  • If either of you are new to ice skating, just keep your head up, stay close to the edge, and alternate moving your weight from one leg to the other. Even if it looks a bit like your waddling.
  • Remember to go at the pace of your date, even if they’re a bit slower than you. You don’t want them to feel uncomfortable or pressured to go at a speed that they’re not ready for.
  • Take the time to talk to each other whilst skating. Remember that this isn’t a class, but an opportunity to get chatting.
  • After your skating session is up, you might be pretty hungry! Check out the local area for a bite to eat, or somewhere to warm up with a cocoa or hot cider.
  • We strongly recommend heading to a rink when planning an ice skating date, rather than a frozen pond or lake. This is for safety reasons.
  • The most important tip of all - have fun! Ice skating is a fantastic opportunity to have a laugh and even get a little bit silly.

The icing on the cake

As we’ve seen, ice skating makes for a playful and romantic date, no matter what stage of a relationship you’re at. From playing games to holding hands as you do laps, this type of date is sure to make memories and build connections. Just remember to plan a little ahead, and dress warmly! Have the best time.