In keeping with the festive theme and due to great feedback on the top five Christmas Markets feature, we decided to get our skates on (sorry – had to) and bring you six of the best ice rinks this season from the 11 city guides. May you nail your back-to-back triple jumps before winter is over.

Barcelona – Plaça de Catalunya

Every December the Plaça de Catalunya gives itself over to 1,200 square metres of ice, making it the biggest covered skating rink in Europe. With room for a comfortable 400 skaters at once it’s surprisingly chilled and, although the Spanish pop is loud and the snack bar tacky, it is an exhilarating way to spend a couple of hours, especially with children. From the end of November to mid-January.

London – Skate at Somerset House

Arguably the most fashionable of London’s winter ice rinks, with a gorgeous neoclassical backdrop and sophisticated snacks courtesy of ‘the Queen’s grocers’, Fortnum & Mason, including Welsh rarebit and tipsy hot chocolate. On Tuesdays, you’ll be met by carol singers and late-night shopping action. Later in the week you can skate until late at Club Nights, with guest DJs from Ninja Tune, Ibiza Rocks and Lovebox. From 11 November to 11 January.

Moscow – GUM ice skating rink

Ice skating right on Red Square, opposite Lenin’s Mausoleum, in front of Soviet Russia’s once notorious Generalniy Universalny Magazin – does Christmas get more surreal? Here it does, with late-night sessions for the romantically minded, who naturally warm up afterwards at nearby hostelries Propaganda or The Most. Skate hire is available – take about £30 for a deposit. From 1 December to 10 March.

New York – The Rink at Rockefeller Center

It’s a total tourist cliché, but sometimes you have to give in to these things. Gliding across the ice beneath the golden statue of Prometheus in the lower plaza of The Rock is one of those glorious, only-in-New-York experiences. Just 150 skaters are allowed on the rink, so the £28 First Skate advance booking package, avoiding major queues, is worth considering.

Paris – Grand Palais des Glaces

Christmas sees the grandiose nave of the Grand Palais transformed into a colossal indoor ice rink. The iron and glass structure put up for the 1900 World Fair is impressive at any time, all the more so when gliding underneath it on skates.  It’s open in the day but particularly spectacular at night when brought to life by DJs and colourful light shows. From 14 December to 4 January.

Shanghai – Magical Waitanyuan Outdoor Ice Rink

Move over Rockefeller Center and Amsterdam’s canals – you can now ice skate in a winter wonderland beside Shanghai’s Bund. Until 5 January, Magical Waitanyuan transforms an historic avenue of stone-fronted mansions near the riverfront into a fairy tale setting of Christmas lights, festive music and gourmet dining experiences. The highlight is a public ice skating rink outside the Peninsula Shanghai with a 14-metre-high Christmas tree at its centre.