Have an ice time in Paris

So this is the time of the year when you and your family can enjoy some outdoor family fun on ice! Called patinoires in French, the pop-up ice-skating options in the city are pretty extensive, as the French love to skate around Christmas . There are quite a few ice rinks in Paris but MLP presents the best places for you to enjoy the Christmas season and demonstrate your skating flare.

1. The Eiffel Tower

Yes, the highest rink is Paris is back! Not for the faint-hearted or for vertigo sufferers obviously but if you want panoramic views of the city whilst you glide across the ice then this is the perfect choice. It’s not huge and you gotta pay €11 for adults and €4 for children, but what an experience? If you can, try and buy your tickets online to avoid queues! Alternatively, if you go super early like 9.30am or in the evening around 7pm you are less likely to have to queue for long. The skates are free and you can stay as long as you like. Open from December 15 until February 19. The PriceVia the lifts: adults € 11 – 12/24 years younger € 8.50 – children 4/11 years € 4 / via stairs: adults € 7 – 12/24 years young € 5 – children 4/11 years 3 €
Free for children under 4 years.

2. Grand Palais

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The Ice Rink at the Grand Palais is an essential Christmas in Paris moment. the building itself is exquisite with its beautiful glass top roof. The location set by the Seine and opposite the Petite Palais is equally stunning, providing the perfect backdrop for a wonderful Parisian moment.

Extending across the 2700 sqm of floor space, the rink is humongous! It is the largest temporary rink in France and promises to provide a memorable moment for you and your family. In the evenings  it is scheduled to be open until the early hours of the morning providing ‘light’ entertainment and beverages too. From December 14 until January 2

Word of warning, it will be busy, so get your tickets in advance or try and get there super early. Prices last year were €15 inclusive of skate rental.

3. The Christmas Village

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Captured by @frankchaouat

The ice rink next to the Champs Elysées is very popular and adds a nice dimension to a day trip if you are planning to do some Christmas shopping. It’s small, but perfectly formed! The experience will set you back around €10* for adults and €8* for children under 12. It opens on December 15 and runs until January 3rd. *2015/16 prices

4. The Skateway Charlety Stadium

If ice-skating is not enough for you and the appeal of winter snow sports is what you’re after as well, then you might want to head to the 13th. At this venue which comes with full on snow and offers sledging, toboggan runs, a snow playground and an ice rink! From December 21 until December 31. 1 avenue Pierre de Coubertin, 75013 .

5. The Trocadero

The Trocadero on ice returns this year. Free if you have skates but if you don’t you can rent them on site for a small fee. This location here is great, just opposite the Eiffel Tower, next to the Aquarium and some fabulous museums just up the road! From December 15 to January 3, Price: C’est Gratuit! FREE!


6. Jardin d’Acclimatation

Fabulous place offering guaranteed to fun for the family. Alongside all the other stupendous things going on here like the rides, theatre shows and animals, there is now an ice-rink! Designed for the little people in mind. You probably want to check this outBois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris, France



7. Hotel de Ville – sadly not happening this year!

Replaced with a Lego extravaganza! See top Christmas picks for kids for more information.

Probably the most popular ice rink in Paris. Outside the City Hall. Having enjoyed this experience with the kids a few times I can vouch for the fun factor here. It is awesome! The backdrop of the Hotel de Ville is stunning too. But! The date for the patinoire this year has not yet been officially confirmed. MLP checked in with the team there and they told us that maybe it will be up around December 11 but at this point they are unable to confirm! However online sources say it will be open from December 18 until March 1, 2016! It’s free too.

8. The Rink at the Zoo

There’s a temporary ice rink at the zoo this year. So as well as exploring this fabulous animal zone by Bois du Vincennes, you can check out the Christmas agenda they have planned too. It’s great for families and pretty good value when you consider the zoo experience too. From 10am – 8pm. Prices €22, €16.50 €14 for adults, young people and kids respectively. December 2 until January 4.

Embrace winter and these excellent ice rinks in Paris with your family.

Bon Noel.

Love MLP

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