10 of the world's most beautiful ice skating rinks

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  • Ottawa's Rideau Canal is a natural rink stretching 7.8 kilometers long
  • Skaters at Moscow's Red Square Rink can enjoy the Christmas lights decorating the Kremlim
  • Winter in Sydney sees Bondi Beach become an ice rink in June and July

(CNN)Shorts and flip-flops on the deck.

Drinks chilling in the cooler.
    Ice clinking in your margarita glass.
    Then winter hits.
    Fear not -- there's another use for large blocks of ice, as you can discover for yourself at some of the world's most dramatic water-walking spots.
    Banff Lake Louise, Banff, Canada
    Banff Lake Louise; mid-December to mid-April (weather permitting)

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0 Canada;

    Bondi Ice Rink, Sydney
    Bondi Ice Rink; late June to mid-July (2016 dates to be confirmed)

    Bondi Beach, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Sydney, New South Wales Australia;

    Eiffel Tower Ice Rink, Paris
    Eiffel Tower Ice Rink; December 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016

    Eiffel Tower, 5 avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris France;

    Evergreen Lake, Colorado
    Evergreen Lake; December 19, 2015 to February 28, 2016 (weather permitting)

    Evergreen Lake, Evergreen, CO;

    Red Square Rink, Moscow
    Red Square Rink; November 30, 2015 to March 9, 2016

    Red Square, Krasnaya ploshchad, Moscow Russia;

    Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa
    Rideau Canal Skateway; January to early March (weather permitting)

    Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8 Canada;

    Rockefeller Center, New York
    The Rink at Rockefeller Center; October 10, 2015 to April 2016

    The Rink at Rockefeller Center, 1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, NY 10020;

    Shichahai Lake, Beijing
    Shichahai Lake, opposite Beihai Park's North Gate, Di'anmen West Street, Xicheng District; opens late winter

    Shichahai Scenic Resort, Yangfang Lane, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China;

    Somerset House, London
    Skate at Somerset House; November 18, 2015 to January 10, 2016

    Somerset House Ice Rink, Somerset House, The Strand, London England;

    Vienna Ice Dream, Vienna, Austria
    Wiener Eistraum; January 21 to March 6, 2016

    Wiener Eistraum, Rathausplatz, Vienna 1010 Austria;