Hotel de Ville houses the administration of the city of Paris, but it also serves as a festive city square during the holiday season. There’s a beautiful double-decker carousel, a large skating rink (with a big section for adults and a smaller section for kids), twinkling light displays, food and drink vendors, and Top 40 American music pumped out into the square. Unlike most holiday displays, which shut down January 5, this one continues throughout the winter season, so if the chilly Paris winter has you longing for Christmas again, grab a pair of ice skates and a cup of vin chaud and enjoy yourself!
Hotel de Ville is as beautiful inside as it is out, but it’s only available by free guided tours once a week. If this is your first visit to Paris, you may not have time to fit it in, but if you’re a regular to the City of Lights then stop by and visit a side of the city that most never see. You can schedule a tour by phone at 01 42 76 50 49 or at the Hôtel de Ville’s Salon d’Accueil on 29 rue de Rivoli.