YORK'S Christmas ice rink has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland have announced they will be delaying the event’s return to McArthurGlen’s York Designer Outlet, and are aiming to open in February next year.

“With the elevation of restrictions to tier 2 in York, and the general uncertainty across our region regarding the progression of Covid-19, we have regrettably decided that postponing the event until early next year seems the most sensible course of action,” said event manager Georgina Wood.

“While we’re disappointed that Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland won’t be part of Christmas in York this year, we are excited to be planning a new experience for our visitors and intend to open on 12 February 2021 – in time for Valentine’s weekend.

"As our name implies, we are a winter event, and the weather will be perfect for skating on the north of England’s largest and best-loved outdoor ice rink – The Ice Factor – at that time of year."

The four-time award-winning Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland has been a fixture at York Designer Outlet each Christmas since 2010, having made its debut on the Eye of York in the city centre in 2004.