Bound for Paris this holiday season? Then get your skates on. Following its successful debut last year, the ice-skating rink at the Eiffel Tower is back—and it's not just a pretty divertissement for the tourists. Last year's rink was widely praised for giving Parisians a reason to revisit a monument normally swarming with foreign holidaymakers, so expect to find plenty of locals gliding on the ice beside you.
Located on the tower's first-floor platform, 57-m above the city, this year's rink is slightly larger than last year's and offers the same gorgeous views of the Champs du Mars and surrounding skyline. When you're done, make for the Altitude 95 bar—on the same floor—for mulled wine and cakes. The rink is open daily until Feb. 1, 2006, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Best of all, in the spirit of festive giving, rink admission and the loan of a pair of skates are included in the price of your Eiffel Tower ticket.