3 Great Places to Take the Family Ice Skating in Paris

Trocadero image courtesy of Parijsmagazine Trocadero image courtesy of Parijsmagazine

Paris by night is enchanting whatever the season, but it’s downright magical around Christmas. The lights and decorations magnify the splendor of the city. Why not indulge in a quintessentially winter activity by gliding across the ice at some of Paris’ most beautiful holiday venues.

Rink at Village de Noël des Champs-Elysées
Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8e, M: Concorde, Charles de Gaulle Etoile, Franklin D. Roosevelt

This ice rink is a popular feature at Paris’ largest Christmas market and is located near one of the city’s most famous and beautiful avenues. The ice rink measures 3,760 m². A toboggan run is also available.

From November 15, 2013 to January 5, 2014
– From Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 to 00:00
– On Friday and the Saturday from 11:00 to 01:00

Admission prices:
– Adults: 10 €
– Children 12 and under: 8 €

Rink at the Hôtel de Ville
Parvis de l’Hôtel de ville, Paris 4e, M: Hôtel de Ville

Two ice rinks can be found in the square in front of the handsome Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), a celebrated example of 16th-century French Renaissance architecture. Children under 6 have a little rink reserved just for them. An ID card is required to rent skates and everyone must wear gloves while on the ice.

From December 21, 2013 to March 2, 2014
– From Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 22:00
– Saturday, Sunday from 09:00 to 22:00
– Free lessons on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00

Admission prices:
– Entrance: Free
– Skate Rental: 5 €

Rink at Trocadéro
Jardins du Trocadéro, Paris 16e, M: Trocadéro

The Trocadéro is known for its picture perfect view of the Eiffel Tower and hosts another of Paris’ festive Christmas markets. You’ll also find a snow park complete with sledding and cross-country skiing.

From December 12, 2013 to January 5, 2014
– Daily from 11:00 to 21:00

Admission prices:
– Entrance: Free
– Skate Rental: 5 €

* photo courtesy of parijsmagazine