5 Things to do with Children in Paris this Festive Season

The City of Light's historical Grand Palais is hosting, for the 5th year running, Le Grand Palais des Glaces. The ephemeral ice skating rink, under the glass roof of the exhibition hall, is the largest indoor ice rink in the world, and invites you to show off your figure skating skills from the 13th of December through to the 8th of January. In the giant disco ball there is a space reserved for young skaters to glide safely and a chalet where you can personalise your own Coca-Cola glass bottle with proceeds going to Restos du Coeur, a charity that helps feed those in need. And from 9pm every night Le Grand Palais des Glaces becomes the world's largest ice skating club with a DJ spinning tunes to get skaters moving and entertained with a hypnotic light show.

Make a splash at Eléphant Paname, the art and dance centre in the 2nd arrondissement of the capital, which is installing a giant ball pool just for fun. From the 21st of December to the 5th of January dive into the pool complete with inflatable pool floats and have all the fun without getting wet.

Make your way to the glitzy Place Vendôme and treat the kids to yummy hot chocolate. Paris’s iconic hotel, the Ritz, is setting up Le Chalet de Noël in the heart of the famous square where they can soak in the Christmas spirit with spice cake and chocolate under the twinkling lights of the City of Light.

Another skating rink is popping up at the Brasserie Auteuil. Set up on the French brasserie-style restaurant's rooftop until the 8th of February, the kids can skate around before tucking into pizza straight from the oven.

Rounding up the best ice skating rinks in the city is La Patinoire des Jardins du Trocadéro. Opening on the 14th of December, you and your kids can skate around until the 8th of March, showing of your best moves on ice. Set up on the terrace of the Aquarium de Paris, facing the illuminated Eiffel Tower, there is no better way to spend an evening with kids in Paris, watching their faces light up as the Tower twinkles in front of them. The bonus? The parents can enjoy a glass of Champagne!

For every child who has read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory an exceptional experience is waiting to be unveiled this Christmas. Chocolatier Jacques Génin is making every dream of walking through a chocolate factory and sampling the goods come true this Christmas with his Tickets d'Argent. Hidden in his chocolate boxes of 72 pralines, some lucky chocoholics will find the winning ticket that will open up the Jacques Génin factory revealing all the secrets and know-how of making chocolate. Guided by the chocolatier himself, the winners will even partake in an atelier for an unforgettable experience.

Sandra Iskander
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