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Paris ice skating rinks

Grab your warmest gear and get on the ice this Christmas in Paris

© Tanya Codispodi

What’s more Christmassy than strapping on a pair of ice skates and doing figure-8s under the stars? Tumbling onto the ice with flailing arms in Paris while 80s rock blares from the loudspeakers, of course. Many seasonal ice rinks are conveniently placed next to Christmas markets, so you can sip a restorative vin chaud after skating your heart out. Happy gliding!

Christmas ice skating in Paris

The Eiffel Tower Ice Rink

The Eiffel Tower Ice Rink

Where? Tour Eiffel 75007 (closest metro: Bir-Hakeim)
When? December 15 2016-February 19 2017
How much? Free with access to the tower between €3-11

Built 57 metres above ground on the first level of the Eiffel Tower, this unique rink offers an incredible view over the capital. There's also starter ice hockey sessions and winter food stalls selling soup, sandwiches, waffles, mulled wine and steaming hot chocolate to warm you up post-skate. 

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Patinoire Pailleron

Where? 32, rue Edouard Pailleron, 75019
When? Open daily throughout the year
How much? €3.50

Reopened in 2006, this 800m2 rink is part of a renovated art deco sports complex. Skaters will enjoy a spin on the ice at this friendly and festive rink. If you want to perfect your skill or try something different, sign up for hockey and dance lessons. 

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North-east Paris

Patinoire Sonja Henie

Where? 222 Quai de Bercy, 75012
When? Sat-Sun 3-6pm, Fri-Sat 9.30pm-1.30am, Sun 10am-midday
How much? €3-6 (extra for skate hire)

Paris’ ice-rink is named after pre-war Norwegian ice-skating champion Sonja Heinie, credited with the invention of certain performance styles in figure skating. On Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends, don your leotards and leg-warmers and show Paris just how graceful you can be. During the weekend night sessions (which run until 12.30am), the music cranks up a notch and coloured lights ripple over the ice in psychedelic splashes...

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13th arrondissement
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Now warm up with a drink by the fireside

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