LA PATINOIRE DE L’HÔTEL DE VILLE is the outdoor skating rink that appears every year around Christmas outside the Paris City Hall. This year, it opened on 18th December and it will remain open until 3rd March.
Known as Paris sur Glace or, Paris on Ice, there are in fact two skating rinks, a large one for more experienced skaters and a smaller one for children and novices.
Entry is free although there is a €5 charge to rent a pair of skates if you don’t have your own.
This patinoire is very popular and when I went (to watch not to skate!) they were queuing round the block to get in.
Sounds of Le Patinoire de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris:
If you’re in Paris and want to take to the ice in front of the very impressive Hôtel de Ville with the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris in the background, La Patinoire de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris is open until 3rd March 2013 from 12h00 to 22h00 Monday to Friday and from 9h00 to 22h00 on Saturday and Sunday.