Ice skating in Style in Paris

Many cities in France open skating rinks (patinoires) over Christmas and New Year, often temporary structures which are dismantled in January. But head to Paris for a spectacular venue for ice skaters in the Grand Palais.

Grand Palais
Grand Palais

The Grand Palais is an imposing  structure usually used as an art gallery and exhibition space – often  used for fashion house Chanel’s annual fashion shows – and it is centrally situated just off the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and next to the River Seine.

The Grand Palace of Ice (Le Grand Palais des glaces) is open 13 December 2019 – 8 January 2020 and at 2,700 m2 it will be the biggest ice rink in France!

NB The Grand Palais closes for renovations from December 2020 to March 2023 !

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In earlier years there was also a traditional open air ice skating rink outside the Paris Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) but thie ceased in 2018

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