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Christmas Ice Skating Rinks in Paris


  • November 2018

reviewed by elsa lobe from France

Pop up Ice Skating Rinks in Paris 2015-2016


Winter is fun

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Ice skating might not be the most popular sport or activity for local Parisians, mainly because it doesn’t get cold enough to see the river and ponds freeze. But when the cold days of winter hit the French Capital, pop up ice skating rinks appear in the capital’s most iconic spots: on the Eiffel Tower, in front of the City Hall, on the Champs-Elysées or at the foot of the Palais de Chaillot, facing the Eiffel Tower.

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About this place

Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75001 Paris Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris Tour Eiffel, 75007 Paris Place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris

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Pop Up Rinks

Most of the pop up ice skating rinks in Paris tend to appear every year, but sometimes, due to construction works or agenda problems, some of them might skip a year (the Trocadéro ice rink did not open last year)  or might just appear from one year (the Grand Palais indoor ice skating rink). We have made our investigations, and below are the best and most famous pop-up outdoor ice rinks in Paris. Enjoy the glide!

Hotel de Ville

The Hôtel de Ville ice skating rink is 1,365m² (14,693 sqft) of ice in front of Paris’ magnificent 19th century City Hall.  A small portion is even dedicated to children.

  • Address: Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville,
  • When: From December 18, 2015 to March 1, 2016
  • Time: generaly from 10 am to 10 pm (Mondays from noon to 10pm, and closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays).
  • Price: Entrance is free if you bring your skates. Skate rental is 6€.


This popular ice rink is located at the bottom of the Champs-Elysées Avenue, next to the magnificent Place de la Concorde. Surrounded by a Christmas market, it is a favorite for visitors. At night time, the lights and decoration make it a beautiful "typically Parisian" spot especially with the view on the Paris Ferris Wheel and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

  • Address: at the start of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées (Place de la Concorde)
  • When: from November 20, 2015 to January  3, 2016
  • Time: 10:30 am to midnight every day
  • Price: €10 for adults and €8 for children under 12, including skate rental fees.

Tour Eiffel

Located at 57m (187 ft) above the ground, on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, it’s a great way to enjoy skating while admiring the beauty of the view. Perfect for kids as well.

  • Address: On the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower
  • When: from early December to mid-February
  • Time: 10:30am to 10:30pm every day
  • Price: €4 or €8.5, which is the price to go up to the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower using the stairs or the elevator. Skate rental included


Located accross the Sein River from the Eiffel Tower this ice skating rink is the best place to have a wonderful view on the Eiffel Tower, especially at night.

  • Address: at the foot of the Palais de Chaillot (Trocadéro)
  • When: from December 18, 2015 to January 3, 2016
  • Time: From 11 am to 8 pm every day
  • Price:  €6 including skate rental

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Stade Charléty

If you are looking for a truly unique experience, but off the beaten path, then head out to the Charlety Stadium (Stade Charlety) in the South of Paris. It's actually more than just an ice rink, because it's destined to all those that love winter sports but don't necessarily have the time or head out to the mountains. There's skating, sleighing, merry go rounds and much much more to entertain both kids and adults.

  • Address: Stade Charléty, 99 Boulevard Kellermann, 75013 Paris
  • When: from December 18, 2015 to January 3, 2016
  • Time: From 1:30 pm to 5 pm every day
  • Price:  Free


It is believed that the first people that ever skated were from Finland, about 3000 years ago, although they did not actually skate per say (the skates were not nearly what they are today) but rather glide on the ice. Modern ice skates, with steel edges cutting through the ice, were invented in the Netherlands in the 13th century. Although materials used to make ice skates have developed throughout the ages, the concept has pretty much remained the same. Slowly but surely, ice skating made it to all the countries where winter hits freezing temperatures. 

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