It’s that time of year when the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rinks begin to appear in town centres throughout 🏔 le Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . a lovely way to spend some time en famille, or to let the youngsters play with their friends.
Sometimes, next to the ice-skating rink, you might find yourself rewarded with a mulled wine stand or a small🎄Christmas market!
As well as the ⛸ ice-skating rinks au Pays du Mont-Blanc, there are plenty in 🇫🇷 neighbouring France and in 🇨🇭 Switzerland . . .
And don’t forget that the ⛸ year-round indoor rinks in Chamonix, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Megève offer festive fun during the school holidays:
⛸ Chamonix – « Nocturnes à la Patinoire » – 🗓 Thursday evening opening of the indoor ice-skating rink during the school holidays;
⛸ Saint-Gervais les Bains – « Jardin des Glaces » with Charlotte la Marmotte / (normally) on 🗓 Tuesdays from 10h to 12h during school holidays / children from 3-12 years (two accompanying adults max);
⛸ Megève – Jardin de la Glisse for under 10s (🗓 certain Sundays), 🏒 ice-hockey matches, figure-skating shows, 🥌 curling, 🎉 some THEMED PARTY EVENTS . . .
>>> see ⛸ MBFF article Ice Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc for more details (addresses, opening hours) about the indoor rinks;
Colour code for listings:
Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches & Servoz) and Vallorcine
Passy & environs
Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet, Saint-Nicolas de Vérone & environs
Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs
Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs
🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷
🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭
What to WEAR . . .
- ✅ it is a good idea to dress very small skaters in their WINTER SKI SUITS, in order to keep them warm and water-proofed (in case or when they fall!);
- ✅ GLOVES – very important to avoid a skate injuring the hand, and to keep hands warm and dry!
- ✅ HELMET for little ones;
AU PAYS du MONT-BLANC
Located in the heart of Les Houches village, this is an outdoor ice-skating rink with a stunning view! It measures 26m x 56m / 🗓 FRIDAYS during the holidays: « Nocturne Givrée » – FREE ice skating from 20h to 22h;
Special New Year’s Nocturne Givrée on Friday 3rd January from 20h . . . dress code WHITE!
🗓 opening dates: from late December until March;
price: adults & children: 2€ / skate hire: 3€ / FREE entrance and skate rental for holders of Pass’Sport / FREE skate with Mont-Blanc Unlimited 3 to 21 day pass (skate rental: 3€);
🗺 address: 25 avenue des Alpages, 74310, Les Houches;
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Located 🚡 opposite the bubble lifts in Vallorcine, in the complex of the Résidence & Spa Vallorcine Mont-Blanc, this small ice-skating rink is open to the public during the winter months;
🚙 parking: FREE parking at bubble lifts;
🗓 opening dates: Vallorcine’s outdoor rink is open from mid-December until March;
price: 5€ (including skate rental) / weekly deal: 39€ for the week for up to 5 people;
🗺 address: Residence Vallorcine Mont-Blanc, Chef Lieu, 74660, Vallorcine / tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 75 20;
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⛸ Sallanches ⛸
Sallanches’ ⛸ winter ice-skating rink (200m2) is open as part of the 🎄Festivités de Noël, calendar from early December until early January. It is a festive little ice-skating rink located inside La Grenette (the old grain market), next to the cute little 🥨 Marché de Noël. This is an added bonus for adults, as they can have a mulled wine and a 🥨 pretzel (savoury or sweet), while the little ones skate (if not skating with them, of course!). Or, little ones can warm up after their skating session with a hot chocolate and pretzel!
There are some 🎵 themed soirées and live music here: La Boum des Enfants & Dancing on Ice and Les Démo’ et Initiations de Patinage Artistique . . .
🚙 parking: you can park in the underground car park Pré de Foire or in the adjacent streets (some FREE parking nearby in the Lévaud and La Frasse car parks);
🗓 opening hours: from 7th December 2019 until 5th January 2020 / Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 16h30 to 19h / Wednesdays and weekends: 10h to 20h / school holidays: every day from 10h to 20h / Christmas Day and New Year’s Day: from 15h to 19h;
price (including skate rental): adults and children: 3€ per hour (including skate hire) / children under 4 years: 2€ per hour;
🗺 address: Place de la Grenette, 74700, Sallanches;
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⛸ Megève ⛸
We experienced ⛸ Megève’s outdoor ice-skating rink for the first time just before Christmas a couple of years ago. Our then 6-year old son had a great time; he could have kept going for hours and we eventually had to drag him away to pick up his younger brother from crèche! The ice-skating rink is located right next to the 🥘 Puck restaurant and café, which has a sunny terrace – the perfect spot for parents or accompanying adults to have a drink while watching the little ones skate!
During the Christmas holidays, the 🎄Village de Noël sets up right next to the rink.
🗓 opening hours: from 21st December 2019 until 10th March 2020, from 13h30 to 19h30;
price (skate-hire included!): adults: 9€ / children (5 to 14 years): 7,70€, FREE for under 5s!
Formule Kid’s Circuit de Quads: right next to the ice-skating rink, you will find a circuit de quads, run by Formule Kid; Happy Hour takes place on Sundays . . .
🗺 address: place de la Résistance, 74120, Megève;
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⛸ Les Contamines-Montjoie ⛸
Located in the centre of Les Contamines, in Les Loyers, and 🗓 open from December until late March, you can skate at this semi-natural outdoor ice-skating rink (1400m2) with views of 🏔 les Dômes de Miage! NEW since 2017 – a new espace ludique for children, next to the ice-skating rink, with a circuit de quads from Nash Mountain Games!
⛸ Jardin des Glaces for young skaters – 🗓 on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, 10h to midday, with music and accessories for children / see website;
🗓 opening hours: open from 19th December 2019 until 23rd March 2020, 9h30 to 13h and 16h30 to 20h (opening times and dates may vary, depending on the outdoor temperature) / FREE Friday evenings from 19h (except skate hire);
price: adults: 4€ / children: 3€; FREE for under 5s! / skate hire: 3€ / discounts for those with a carte d’hôte!
🗺 address: route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, Les Contamines-Montjoie / tel: +33 (0)4 50 47 06 23/04 50 47 01 58;
🇫🇷 FURTHER FRANCE 🇫🇷
⛸ Cluses ⛸
The ⛸ outdoor ice-skating rink in Cluses is the first seasonal rink to open for the winter season near the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc! (2019 – it is already open!). Located in the centre of town, its 600m3 of ice hosts plenty of themed events over the season / see website for more details / NB – it is obligatory to wear GLOVES!
🗓 opening hours: open from 26th October 2019 until 8th March 2020 (opening times and dates may vary, depending on the outdoor temperature and weather!);
price: adults: 4,50€ / children (under 12s): 4€ / skate hire: 3€;
☕️ snacks & drinks for sale!
🗺 address: place des Allobroges, 74300, Cluses / tel: (+33) 07 68 11 69 44;
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⛸ Les Carroz ⛸
The ⛸ ice-skating rink in Carroz opens this year on the weekend 14th & 15th December, and on this occasion you can skate for FREE from 14h until 17h!
🗓 opening dates: Wednesday 18th December and then 21st December ⇒ 8th March 2020;
➡️ pdf brochure: here;
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⛸ Annemasse ⛸
During 🎄 Annemasse’s Christmas celebrations « Bonjour L’Hiver », a small ⛸ ice-skating rink is set up in the centre of town;
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⛸ Annecy ⛸
As part of the Christmas market🎄Village des Alpes in Annecy (opposite Centre Commercial Courier), there is an ⛸ ice-skating rink (one small one for very young skaters and their parents, and a much larger one for more experienced skaters . . .
🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND 🇨🇭
⛸ Parc des Bastions (GENEVA) ⛸
There is an ⛸ ice-skating rink set up every year in Geneva in the 🌳Parc des Bastions, now as part of the new Christmas market 🎄Noël aux Bastions (until 31st December) / FREE to use rink, 2CHF for skate hire;
🗺 address: Parc des Bastions, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)79 445 25 64;
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⛸ Carouge ⛸
As part of 🎄« Carouge Magique » , a seasonal ⛸ ice-skating rink sets up (FREE for under 6s!) from mid-November! / ☕️ Ice Bar restauration / 🧤 gloves a must and helmet recommended! / 🎶 discos for children once a month, 18h to 20h / NEW for 2019 – two platforms adapted for wheelchair skating! / more information here;
🗺 address: Place de Sardaigne, Carouge;
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⛸ Château de Coppet (Lac Léman) ⛸
The ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rink at the 🏰 Château de Coppet is open to the public over the weekend (Friday 29th November until Sunday 1st December 2019) of the lovely 🎄Marché du Château de Coppet (the MBFF team tested it out a few years ago!);
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⛸ Patinoire Quartier du Flon (LAUSANNE) ⛸
If you head to Lausanne during the festive Bô Noël and Lausanne Lumières (from 20th November until 31st December 2019), then you might want to indulge in some ⛸ skating action at the Patinoire du Flon . . . It is FREE to skate and you can rent skates on-site for CHF5 (many Swiss folk have their own skates!) / special events like silent skating ! / opening hours: 9th November 2019 until 23rd February 2020, 11h until 22h (shut Christmas Day and 2nd January) / website;
address: Esplanade du Flon, CH-1003, Lausanne;
🇨🇭 🇫🇷 FURTHER AFIELD SWITZERLAND and FRANCE 🇫🇷 🇨🇭
None of the 💦 LAKES au Pays du Mont-Blanc freeze over solidly enough to allow for ⛸ ice-skating fun au nature during the winter months . . . however, if ice-skating on a natural lake is something you would like to try out, then website Loisir.ch has a detailed list of some of the offerings of 🇨🇭 lake skating in Switzerland (among other artificial ice-skating rinks) / see «Top 20 des patinoires de Suisse romande» for more details: Lac de Joux (VD); Lac des Taillères (NE); Lac Noir, Schwarzsee (FR);
At nearby 🇨🇭 Lac de Champex (Champex-Lac, VS), the lake ❄️ freezes for ice skating (weather dependent) and there is an artificial rink too!
In the 🇫🇷 French Jura, at the ⛷ ski station Les Rousses, the lake ❄️ freezes over for skating!