SEASONAL ICE-SKATING au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

It’s that time of year when the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rinks begin to appear in town centres throughout 🏔 le Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . 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 🇨🇭 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 the Marmotte / on Tuesdays from 10h to 12h during school holidays / children from 3-12 years (two accompanying adults max);

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

⛸ Megève Jardin de la Glisse for under 10s (certain Sundays), ice-hockey matches, figure-skating shows, curling, some THEMED PARTY EVENTS . . . 

© Megève Tourisme
Jardin de la Glisse @ Le Palais Megève

. . . see ⛸ MBFF post Ice Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc for more details about the indoor rinks;

Colour code for listings:

Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz & Vallorcine)

Passy & environs

Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet & 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 SUITS, in order to keep them warm and water-proofed (in case / when they fall!);
  • ✅ GLOVES – very important to avoid a skate injuring the hand, and to keep hands warm and dry!
  • ✅ HELMET for little ones;


Les Houches

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 « Nocturne Givrée » – FREE ice-skating during school holidays from 20h to 22h.

Patinoire Les Houches © OT Les Houches
© OT Les Houches
🗺 address: 25 avenue des Alpages, 74310, Les Houches;

🗓 opening hours: from late December 2017 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€);



Located opposite the bubble lifts in Vallorcine, in the complex of the Résidence Vallorcine Mont-Blanc, this small ice-skating rink is open to the public during the winter months.


🗺 address: Residence Vallorcine Mont-Blanc, Chef Lieu, 74660, Vallorcine / tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 75 20;

🚙 parking: FREE parking at bubble lifts;

🗓 opening hours: 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;



Sallanches’ winter ice-skating rink (200m2) is open as part of the Festivités de Noël, from early December to early January (NOW SHUT). 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 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 . . .

🗺 address: Place de la Grenette, 74700, Sallanches;

🚙 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 8th December 2018 to 6th January 2019 / 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;



NEWS Combloux’s seasonal ice-skating parcours WILL NOT OPEN for the 2018 / 2019 winter season, but there will be other activities in its place;

Combloux's winter ice-skating rink ©
Combloux’s winter ice-skating rink ©



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/café, which has a sunny terrace – the perfect spot for parents/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.

🗺 address: place de la Résistance, 74120, Megève;

🗓 opening hours: from 22nd December 2018 until 11th March 2019, 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 Motos: right next to the ice-skating rink, you will find a circuit de motos, run by Formule Kid; Happy Hour takes place on Sundays . . .

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 with views of les Dômes de Miage! NEW in 2017 – a playground for children, next to the ice-skating rink, with trampolines! (price: 5€ for 20 minutes);

Patinoire les Contamines-Montjoie ©

Jardin des Glaces for young skaters – on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, 10h to midday, with music and accessories for children / see website;

Jardin des Glaces © Les Contamines-Montjoie Tourisme
🗺 address: route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, Les Contamines-Montjoie / tel: +33 (0)4 50 47 06 23/04 50 47 01 58;

🗓 opening hours: open from 20th December 2018 until 24th March 2019, 9h30 to 13h and 16h30 to 20h (opening times/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!



The ⛸ outdoor ice-skating rink in Cluses is the first seasonal rink to open for the winter season near the Pays du Mont-Blanc! Located in the centre of town, it hosts plenty of themed events over the season / see website for more details / NB – it is obligatory to wear GLOVES!

🗺 address: place des Allobroges, 74300, Cluses / tel: (+33) 07 68 11 69 44;

🗓 opening hours: open from 28th October until 25th March 2019 (opening times/dates may vary, depending on the outdoor temperature);

price: adults: 4,50€ / children (under 12s): 4€ / skate hire: 3€;

© Patinoire de Cluses



During 🎄 Annemasse’s Christmas celebrations « Bonjour L’Hiver », a small ⛸ ice-skating rink is set up in the centre of town;

Patinoire « Bonjour l’Hiver » Annemasse © Ville d’Annemasse


Téléphérique du Salève

From mid-December, the ice-skating rink at the top of the 🚡 Téléphérique de Salève is usually open on weekends and on certain Wednesdays (please check).

🗺 address: Téléphérique du Salève, route du Téléphérique, 74100, Etrembières / tel: +33 (0)4 50 39 86 86;

🗓 opening hours: open mid-December until end of March, weekends Friday to Sunday and some Wednesdays;

price: users of téléphérique: 3€ (for the hour) and non-users: 9€;

© Téléphérique du Salève 2017 / 2018 season



As part of the Christmas market🎄Village des Alpes🎄in Annecy, there is an ⛸ ice-skating rink . . . 



As part of🎄Le Marché de Noël de Lyon🎄, a ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rink sets up on Place Carnot!


Parc des Bastions (Geneva)

There is an ⛸ ice-skating rink set up every year in Geneva in the Parc des Bastions, this year 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;
Parc des Bastions ©
© Noël aux Bastions



As part of 🎄 Noël à Carouge, a seasonal ⛸ ice-skating rink sets up (FREE for under 6s!) / Ice Bar restauration / gloves a must and helmet recommended! / discos for children once a month, 18h to 20h / more information here;

🗺 address: Place de Sardaigne, Carouge;
© Noël à Carouge


Château de Coppet (Lac Léman)

The ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rink at the Château de Coppet is open to the public over the weekend (Friday 30th November until Sunday 2nd December) of the lovely 🎄 Marché de Château de Coppet (the MBFF team tested it out a few years ago!);


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 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); Lac de Champex (VS);

In the 🇫🇷 French Jura, at the ski station Les Rousses, the lake ❄️ freezes over for skating!

Lac des Rousses © Montagnes du Jura

⛸ Happy Skating! ⛸

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