Celebrate Christmas in the capital

There’s no better time than Christmas for seeing how well Paris measures up to her reputation as ‘the most beautiful city in the world.’ Among the many attractions that the capital provides for visitors at this special time of year are gorgeous festive illuminations and outdoor ice skating rinks. So come along, see the spectacle, and strap on your skates for some icy fun.

Discover Paris during Christmas

To make the most of your Christmas break in the City of Light, you need welcoming, comfortable and convenient accommodation, so the Hotel Sophie Germain is a wise choice. This establishment, which has a setting that is both modern and elegant, offers a strategic location close to the Left Bank and the emblematic Latin Quarter, and is thus the ideal base from which to discover the wonders and magic of a Parisian Christmas.

Paris illuminated: the grandest of spectacles

The Christmas season sprinkles fairy dust across the face of the French capital, imbuing her with magic and a sense of wonder. Among the attractions not to be missed are the sparkling illuminations and charming decorations that lift the hearts of young and old alike. Garlands of multi-hued bulbs, luminous arches and glittering light projections turn the city into a place of enchantment that will take your breath away. Paris is clad in her festive gown and she has never looked lovelier.

The most beautiful rinks in Paris

While enjoying the comforts and exceptional services of the Hotel Sophie Germain, you will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful outdoor ice skating rinks set up in the  heart of the city. Whether you have the finesse of Torvill and Dean or you more closely resemble a human snow plough, it doesn’t matter! All levels of skill are welcome, and it’s the taking part and having fun that counts! It’s all part of the Christmas spirit in Paris. 

Among the rinks that simply must be seen and tried out during the holiday season is the one in front of the magnificent City Hall. This most traditional of rinks is a standing invitation for you to put on your skates and glide on the ice from December 18th to March 1st. It’s great for the kids, too. Another rink that deserves your attention is the Trocadero, which offers stunning views across the Seine to the Eiffel Tower. What better way to enjoy Christmas in Paris than to glide across the ice while admiring the monument that best symbolises the city?

Finally, don’t miss the chance to show what you can do on the ice at the Champs-Elysées Christmas village. The most beautiful avenue in the world certainly provides a glamourous backdrop, and the rink is located in the heart of the famous Christmas market, which is one of the most popular holiday activities both for its warm atmosphere and for the large and varied selection of stalls. Skate, buy gifts, enjoy a drink and a snack and, above all, enjoy yourself!


More information :
Place de l'Hôtel de Ville (City hall), Paris 4th
Metro lignes 1, 11, stations Hôtel de Ville et Châtelet
Jardins du Trocadéro, Paris 16th
Metro lignes 6, 9 station Trocadéro

Avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris 8th
Metro lignes 1, 13, station Champs Elysées-Clémenceau


Hotel Sophie Germain, a charming 3* hotel on the left bank of Paris

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