At the Hôtel de Ville, both ice skating fanatics and those who have never before seen a pair of skates can have the time of their lives from December 21, 2013 until March 2, 2014. Every year, this historic French monument installs a large ice skating rink that suits skaters of all ages.
In an event called 'Paris on Ice,' the Hôtel de Ville reveals a 1365 square meter rink for confident skaters and a smaller 208 square meter rink for smaller skaters and beginners. As a result, both pros and starters can feel just as comfortable for a day of winter fun. Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens are in the perfect spot to take advantage of this holiday tradition along with numerous Parisians.
Access to the skating rink is absolutely free and only the rental of ice skates requires payment. It costs 5 euros to rent a pair of skates. In addition to a freely accessible rink, visitors can also benefit from skating professionals who ensure the safety of skaters as well as providing guidance for beginning skaters. These professionals are also present to demonstrate their advanced skating techniques and their hockey-playing skills.
The Hôtel de Ville is one of the most popular monuments in Paris, and getting to participate in some winter fun right in front of the beautiful building is an opportunity that does not come along often. The jovial atmosphere is enhanced even further by lively music played from a stereo system next to the two rinks. This gives skaters the motivation to twirl away under the sun, and even the stars, in the City of Light.