When it comes to ice hockey, Scotland appears to be having a moment. In addition to the Ice Hockey World Federation Championships coming to the Dumfries Ice Bowl, fans of this riveting, adrenaline-pumping sport can also look forward to the UK qualifying round of the spectacular Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships in Glasgow on 13 December.
For the first time ever, Scotland will play host to this gripping race in which over 100 competitors tackle an assault course set up in the festive ice rink at Glasgowâ€™s George Square. Hold your breath as amateur and professional skaters whizz around, over and under obstacles in a race against the clock to win a place at one of the International Crashed Ice Finals 2014.
Competitors from all over the UK, as well as Europe, are expected to descend on Glasgow this weekend to find out if theyâ€™ve got what it takes to emerge victorious at this action-packed competition.
While registration is open to everyone, unless youâ€™re a confident, experienced skater or an ice hockey player, youâ€™re probably best sitting this one out and cheering from the sidelines. But if you fancy yourself as a bit of daredevil and are comfortable skating across ice at a rapid pace â€“ go for it!
With fellow qualifying events taking place in the Canadian cities of Montreal, Toronto and Geleen in the Netherlands, itâ€™s not surprising that Glasgow has been picked as a host venue for this exciting, international sporting event.
A buzzing, cosmopolitan city, Glasgow is especially captivating in December when its streets are bathed in the glow of festive lights and thronging with Christmas shoppers, and the Red Bull Crashed Ice Championships is just part of a fantastic programme of family-friendly events and attractions taking place in the city over the festive season.
If you feel like taking a break from Christmas shopping in the cityâ€™s Style Mile, shopping centres and bustling WestÂ End, why not enjoy a leisurely skate at Glasgow on Ice which will remain at George Square until 5 January? Or see if you can catch some fabulous entertainment from the Christmas Marquee such as film screenings, carolling, storytelling by the one and only Santa Claus, and much more.
So if you canâ€™t make it to Dumfries for the Under 20â€™s Men tournament at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships this December, donâ€™t miss out on the chance to witness one of the most breathtaking and entertaining sporting (let alone ice hockey) spectacles youâ€™ll see in Scotland this year.