A huge winter wonderland and ice rink in Glasgow which “rivals the likes of the Rockefeller Centre in New York” has been cancelled this year due to “skyrocketing prices”.
Elfingrove, the winter attraction which is billed as the “UK’s largest ice rink”, has welcomed thousands of visitors since 2019, but organisers said that the plans have been “put on ice” this year.
In a statement, organisers from Itison said: “Lots of you have been in touch over the past few weeks, asking about our plans for Elfingrove.
“Today, we’re sharing the news that for this Christmas coming, we’re putting Elfingrove on ice.
“Last year, hundreds and thousands of you amazing people joined us on the UK’s biggest ice rink at Elfingrove, set against the spectacular backdrop of Kelvingrove Art Galleries.
“Since 2019, we’ve made huge infrastructure investments, developed our event and seen so many of you come and spend the most magical time of the year with us. It’s amazing to see our vision come to life, and set the bar for a Glasgow Christmas experience that rivals the likes of Rockefeller Centre in New York.
“However, large-scale temporary events like Elfingrove, by their nature, require huge levels of investment. Like so many other businesses, we have been hit by inflation and skyrocketing prices across the supply chain. When planning the feasibility of this year’s event, these price hikes would have required substantial ticket price increases and we weren’t comfortable passing these increases on to our customers.
“So, as a result, we have decided to put this years show on ice while we work on an even more magical new event that will elevate Glasgow Christmas in future.”
Organisers thanked the people who visited Elfingove throughout the years, adding: “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.”
Itison said those who had hoped to visit this year should keep their eyes peeled for a drive-in announcement soon, and GlasGLOW which is set to return to the city’s Botanic Gardens in October.
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