THERE'S nothing like ice skating to get you into the Christmas spirit.
And there's something particularly magical about the notion of an outdoor rink lit by festive lights.
So I was more than happy to try out the town's brand new ice rink just before its grand opening today.
There was just one tiny problem-I had no idea how to skate!
The last time I set foot on the ice I was aged six, so I was more than a little out of practice.
But like any good journalist I gave it a go, even though I was convinced I would fall flat on my face!
The ice rink makes a stunning addition to The Piazza.
The twinkling lights adorning the surrounding trees look lovely in the dark, and skaters are sure to feel all warm and Christmassy as they try out the ice on chilly nights.
The team putting together the rink have had a particularly tough task on their hands.
Mild weather has meant the ice had trouble setting.
And when I took to the ice, it looked more slushy than sturdy, as more water had just been poured on to it.
But I was assured that it was perfectly safe, so I tied up my skates and took off.
The result was I looked more like Bambi than Jane Torvill, as I clung onto the side for dear life.
One thing's for sure, skating definitely isn't my forte.
But in my quest to get into the Christmas spirit, I'm sure I'll be back to practice!
Also gingerly testing out the ice yesterday were members of Kirklees Cabinet.
Leader of the council, Clr Robert Light said he was impressed with the rink.
He said: "I'm not much of a skater, but I think the ice rink looks great.
"It has had a tremendous response, which we are delighted about as it is the first time it has been done in the town.
"It is part of our re-inventing Christmas policy, and we hope that everyone in Huddersfield has the best Christmas."
* Huddersfield ice rink is open every day until Christmas Eve, from 11am to 8pm.
* Prices for one hour skating are £5 for adults and £3 for children under 12.
* Pre-booking is recommended and tickets are on sale from Huddersfield and Holmfirth Tourist Information Centres.
* The ice rink holds 150 people at a time.
* Skaters are recommended to wear warm layered clothes, gloves, thick socks and a waterproof coat.
* Children under 10 must be accompanied on the ice.
* And this is how it's done: bend your knees, keep your legs slightly apart and lean forward, then push off with one foot and glide with the other.
Keep fingers crossed.