When in Paris, you’re never out of ideas to spend memorable times and enjoy your vacation. Yet, visiting Paris at this special time of the year makes of your Paris vacation a way more exciting, as Christmas stands for an exceptional event in Paris, a time when the city invites its inhabitants and visitors to immerse in the magical spirit of the holidays.
As part of the numerous activities you can practice in Paris to celebrate Christmas, ice skating is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant. Whether looking for an activity to try with your partner or with your family and friends, nothing can be more fun than ice skating.
Here’s our selection of the best ice rinks to make it easy for you decide where to practice ice skating in Paris this Christmas.
Ice Rink at the Hôtel de Ville
One of the oldest and most renowned in Paris, the Patinoire de l’hôtel de ville is a must in Paris during Christmas holidays. From December 18th, 2015 to March 1st, 2016, come enjoy the pleasures of ice skating outdoors on the steps of Hôtel de Ville. The Patinoire de l’Hôtel de Ville stands in fact for a popular Parisian Christmas tradition as it’s installing each year on the occasion, and appeals to adults and kids who come practice ice skating over a huge open-air rink, in a friendly and festive atmosphere.
With a total area of 1365 m2, this Christmas ice rink offers a large and a smaller area for skating, more adequate for children and beginners. Qualified instructors will be there to initiate the beginners.
Ice rink of the Christmas village at the Champs-Elysees
This year again, the Cristmas Village at the Champs-Elysees is installing its open-air ice rink to welcome visitors in search for exciting activities in Paris during the holidays. This annual gathering is in fact running from November, 13th 2015 until January, 3rd, 2016 and is constantly attracting Parisians and tourists who come from the four corners of the globe to live the holidays festivities in Paris, the city of lights.
The ice rink at the Christmas Village of the Champs-Elysees will delight winter sports enthusiasts and entertainment lovers with breathtaking demonstrations and a fabulous settings to spend some crazy moments during the holidays.
The ice rink at the Eiffel Tower
A must in Paris during the Holidays, the ice rink at the Eiffel Tower. Besides offering an ice rink of 190 square meters where you can glide and have fun, this unique ice rink set on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower offers an amazing view over the whole city, making thus of your experience a way more exciting. The Patinoire de la Tour Eiffel welcomes you until January, 31st, 2016, an experience not to be missed!
Christmas ice skating is in fact a rooted Parisian tradition that goes back to the early 19th century when the only ice rink in Paris was that of the Bois de Boulogne, to turn into a crucial part of the Christmas festivities in Paris.