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.
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 !
For more info see www.grandpalais.fr
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