From ice rink to Christmas market

From ice rink to Christmas market

Publish on Friday, 16 December 2016

Everyone is sure to agree that Christmas is even better with an ice rink and a market made of small wooden chalets to visit. Be happy, and you’re smiling right now, for you’ll find both wonders just a short distance from the Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris.


Under the nave - the ice

One of the city’s major attractions makes its return from December 14th this year. Beneath the nave of the Grand Palais, renamed the Grand Palais des Glaces for the occasion, you’ll discover the largest indoor ice rink in the world; 2,700 m2 dedicated to skating! It’s a fairy tale experience whether you visit during the day when sunlight filters through the nave’s glass and iron structure or whether you skate under the twinkling stars of the Parisian night sky. Between turns, coffee and toasted sandwiches await and from 9 pm, it’s the place to dance! 

Wooden chalets on the Champs-Elysees

There are more than a hundred of them, decorated with colourful garlands, snowflakes and holly branches. They sell pretzels, nougat, maple syrup, smoked salmon, santons, earrings or wooden puppets. The chalets so typical of the Christmas markets are back and this year they have been on the Champs-Elysées since mid-November. Go as a couple, with your children, your parents or your friends and wander among them; attracted by the spicy scent of mulled wine here or the sweet fragrance of the waffles over there. You are impervious to the glistening glance of the cold. That’s because the magic of Christmas still works; adult hearts are warmed by childhood memories while children are creating their very own special memories. But that’s of no consequence right now as the nursery rhyme melody of the merry-go-round calls to you and the white glitter of the skating rink hypnotises you. Enjoy it, and merry Christmas to all!

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