From skating and ice sculpting to shopping and spa treatments, Canary Wharf unwraps its festive programme of events

Canary Wharf today announced a winter programme of festive fun, complete with a spectacular Ice Rink, Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Shopping Extravaganza.

Whether it is a glass of mulled wine with a breathtaking backdrop or an action-packed day of Christmas shopping, skating and carol singing, Canary Wharf has something for everyone.

From Saturday 13 November 2010 to Sunday 20 February 2011, Canary Wharf Ice Rink, sponsored by Thomson Reuters and Saxo Bank, invites visitors to glide into the seasonal spirit beneath the iconic Canary Wharf towers. Open seven days a week, skaters can use some of the best facilities in London, hone their skills with a lesson from a qualified instructor and skate beneath the stars late into the night.

Those preferring to wrap-up warm and soak up the ambience can visit The Park Pavilion, with bars and restaurants Canteen, ROKA, Plateau, the parlour and Wahaca all overlooking the Rink.

For little ones and the young at heart, Santa will be arriving at Canary Wharf on 4 December, with a spectacular performance from Santa and friends in the magical East Wintergarden.

Led by giant reindeer and brimming with glittering gifts, children are invited into Santa’s Grotto in Jubilee Place, to meet the big man every weekend throughout December and the five days leading into Christmas. In receiving a gift they will also be giving, with the gold coin entry for Santa’s Grotto donated to Richard House Children’s Hospice.

As well as the Grotto, Children can enjoy a host of free activities from art and craft workshops to festive face painting.

One of the highlights of the festive season will be Canary Wharf’s Christmas Shopping Extravaganza on Thursday 2 December – a day of festive entertainment, exclusive promotions and giveaways.

For even the most problematic of presents, the Canary Wharf Gift Card is launching in November and can be redeemed in all shops and restaurants, ensuring that there is something for everyone under the tree this Christmas.

Beneath the Ice Rink and around Canary Wharf are hundreds of stores offering wonderful gifts to spoil your loved ones this Christmas. Late-night shopping evenings showcase the wealth of luxury brands from some of the most illustrious names including Myla, Hugo Boss, Hackett, Aquascutum and Tiffany & Co. Weary feet can be revived at O Spa while hungry tummies can be satisfied by the many cafes and restaurants on offer, from the delicious ROKA to Rocket Bar and Restaurant or Jamie’s Italian.

Looking ahead to the New Year, Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park plays host to the spectacular London Ice Sculpting Festival (13 – 15 January 2011). Alongside over 60 works of modern art already installed in the area, international artists will be sculpting magical creations and running free classes in the retail malls for those looking to carve their own niche.

Camille Waxer, Vice President of Retail at Canary Wharf Group plc said: “Winter is a special season at Canary Wharf. The festive lights come on, the ice rink opens, the bars, restaurants and shops fill up and there is a real buzz in the air. Adding to the excitement this year are a number of brand new stores, bars and restaurants including Tiffany & Co., the world’s premier diamond jeweller.”