Popular TV duo skate onto the Sunderland scene this evening to help open the Frost Village and bring in the Christmas season.
Josh and Ellie, the ice skating duo from hit CBBC documentary series Ice Stars, will be showing off their skills at the new outdoor rink in Keel Square.
The Frost Village is being created by Sunderland Business Improvement District and will include a Christmas market with around 25 stalls, with a traditional funfair also being installed on the former Vaux site.
Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, Ken Dunbar, said: “We’re delighted to announce that Josh and Ellie will be joining our Dancing on Ice Stars for the Gala Ice Extravaganza.”
Josh and Ellie will be joined by Dancing on Ice stars Andrei Lipanov and North East skater Anna Waters.
Other familiar faces include the introduction of magical duo, The Frostlings, who were designed by Sunderland BID to spread ‘seasonal sparkle’ across Sunderland.
The newly named Frostlings, Frostina and Spike, were named by youngsters in the North East, who submitted suggestions for the characters.
Mia McCormick, 10, from Plains Farm, Sunderland, was inspired by a fellow Barnes School student for Frostina, while six year old Rebecca McKitterick, from Newbottle, plumped for Spike thanks to the male character’s spikey hair.
The pair will now each receive a free family pass to the Frost Village, where visitors can enjoy a range of activities, including an outdoor ice rink offering daily skating sessions and classes for everyone from children to adults.
There will also be a full programme of activities, including the chance to learn to skate with the Dancing on Ice Stars on November 29 and December 6, 13 and 20 and the Frosty Inferno – Ice Disco on numerous dates in the run up to Christmas Eve.
The Frost Village will then be open Sundays to Wednesdays from 10am to 8pm and Thursdays to Saturdays from 10am until 10pm, with a Christmas fun fair on the former Vaux site opening daily from noon.
The real open air ice rink at Keel Square will offer a range of activities for all abilities including skating lessons, ice discos and skating with princesses and super heroes.
The Frost Village will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and skating sessions for that date must be booked in advance.
For further information about the Frost Village or group bookings visit www.sunderlandchristmas.co.uk. You can also keep up with Frostina and Spike by searching for The Frostlings on Facebook and Twitter.