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Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City Launch Ice Skating and 5D Grotto Experience

Start your 2012 Christmas countdown with Westfield London shopping centre and Westfield Stratford City, as London’s most fashionable shopping destinations have officially opened their iconic ice-skating rinks and Christmas grottos.

The festivities don’t stop there! From family entertainment and specialist Christmas shops, through to celebrity appearances and plenty of glamorous fashion, Westfield has Christmas wrapped-up and ready for a season of pure fashion, food and family fun.

Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating | Thursday 22nd November 2012 – 6th January 2013
Take a moment out from gliding through the stores to glide the ice at one of two ice-skating experiences. Skate under the stars at Westfield Stratford City’s outdoor ice rink in Market Square, near the Great Eastern Market and International Station, or revel in the fashionable surroundings of Westfield London’s indoor ice rink, inside The Atrium. Fun penguin stabilisers will keep young skaters looking like professionals and festive tunes will provide the perfect soundtrack for a magical experience.  Look out for our special themed sessions and take advantage of the early bird offer of 20% off any off peak tickets purchased before 11th November.

Santa’s 5D Personalised Grotto Experience | Thursday 22nd November – Monday 24th December, 2012
Get the family ready for a magical, all-digital, 5D personalised Christmas experience with a Pixar film quality animated story that tells the tale of Elbow the Elf, who saves Christmas. Visitors to Santa’s Grotto will be immersed in a stereoscopic 3D visual experience which incorporates a fourth dimension of wind, lights and elf dust! Each child visiting Santa’s Grotto at either Westfield London or Westfield Stratford City will receive a gift and have the opportunity to feature in the film, helping Elbow on his journey to help save Santa’s presents from the good-elf-turned-bad.

Ensure to continue the fun with the Elbow the Elf mobile app available to download after the experience via your smart phone

Bookings for both experiences are available NOW on  The ice rinks at Westfield are proudly presented by Samsung, American Express®, British Gas and HP.

Notes to Editors:

  • The ice rink is suitable for all ages from 4 years although children under the age of 12 will need to be accompanied on the ice by a paying adult

  • Each ice rink session is 1 hour in duration; 45 minutes on the ice

  • Penguin skating aids will be available at each ice rink for £4.00. 10 are available per session

  • Westfield London has a 180 person capacity ice rink. Westfield Stratford City has 155 person capacity ice rink

  • For more information on ice rink ticket prices please visit our website:

  • Santa’s Grotto tickets are £3.00 per person


For further information on Christmas at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City, please contact:
T: 01273 760 956