Get your skates on: don’t be late for the Xmas and New Year’s celebrations!

From 14 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, why not head down to Place Ambroise Courtois for a touch of open-air ice skating?

 Archives | Last updated date : 06/01/2020

The joys of the end-of-year festivities in Lyon: the festive lights down Rue de la République, Place’s Carnot Christmas market, and the Ferris wheel standing proud and tall on Place Bellecour, plus… The famous, and eagerly-awaited, "Patinoire des Lumières" ice skating rink! We’re delighted to confirm that it’s back again this year.

What are you waiting for? Grab your woolly hat, scarf and gloves and get yourself down to the 8th district to hit the ice.  (Re-)discover the joys of skating! Exhilaration or relaxation? You decide!

The "Patinoire des Lumières" is open to adults, children… and even toddlers! On Saturday and Sunday mornings, from 9.30 to noon, the ice rink is only open to under 6s to guarantee a safe first skating experience for all. There’s also a freely-accessible “wheelchair sledge” available free-of-charge for accompanied persons of reduced mobility.

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced skater - and personally, I fall more into the former category - the "Patinoire des Lumières" is an enjoyable experience to share with friends or family as 2019 draws to a close. 


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