The Parisians really take their winter ice skating seriously and throughout Paris there are great rinks. The most popular being the 1300m rink at the front of Hotel de Ville. If you are in Paris and enjoy ice skating then the following rinks should be among your must do list!
ICE SKATING AT PLACE DE L’HOTEL DE VILLE – From December 21st 2012 to March 17th 2013 – The most popular seasonal ice skating venue in town (and with the queues to prove it), this huge open-air rink in front of the city hall has become a symbol of Christmas in Paris. It’s especially grand after sundown, when the handsome 19th-century building is lit up against the chilly sky. New to the ice? Fear not: the 1,365-square-metre rink includes a smaller area for children and beginners. Trained instructors will also be available to help with your skating technique.
LE GRAND PALAIS DES GLACES – From December 13th 2012 to January 6th 2013 – For the first time in its history, the Grand Palais is hosting an ice skating rink in its spectacular glass-roofed central hall. At 1,800 square metres in size, it’s the largest rink ever created in France. There’ll be activities plenty to fill the space, including Nocturne events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, when the rink will be open from 8pm to 2am, with DJs and a light display. Need a breather? Dedicated spaces around the rink allow for a comfortable après-ski – vin chaud optional.
ICE SKATING ON THE CHAMPS-ELYSÉES – From November 16th 2012 to January 6th 2013 – Surrounded by the marvel and over-the-top revelry of the Champs-Elysées’s annual Christmas village, this skating rink takes the world’s five continents as its theme, with some 300 animated pandas, deer, wolves, polar bears and assorted other animals populating an ice garden. A 60-metre-long ice path winds through the rink, which also includes areas for speed skating and games, and an artificial ice surface for small children.
TROCADÉRO ON ICE – From December 8th 2012 to January 2nd 2013 – With its magical location in front of the Eiffel tower, Le village de Noël Trocadéro on Ice connects the holiday tradition of all the European countries on this 330 m2 skating rink and a 200m2 snowshoe path
CHARLETY ON THE SNOW – From December 24th 2012 to December 31st 2012 – A stadium transformed into an area for leisure activities and winter sports, for 3 to 16-year-olds : 4 zip-lines, Snow garden (300 sqm), games, walks in snow shoes, sledging, ice-skating on synthetic ice, trampolines, merry-go-rounds…