Whether you're skimming like a bird or stumbling like a sleepy bear, a trip to the ice rink might just be one of your best holiday experiences. Nothing compares to that feeling of gradually-increasing confidence, as you work up from shuffling round on the bar to skating bravely round the rink. As for you experts out there, we wish you a happy session of loops, flips and high-speed c-cuts! For loved-up travellers, ice skating's an incredibly romantic sport: your heart (unlike the smooth icy surface) will melt as you and a special someone float hand-in-hand round an outdoor rink, wrapped up warm against the winter weather with fairy-lights twinkling overhead. And for a truly unforgettable experience, head north in winter to skate on natural ice: Mirror Lake in New York City regularly freezes over, while in Ottawa -15oC January temperatures transform the Rideau Canal into the world's largest ice rink!