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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:

1. Tower of London Ice Rink, London

Tower of London Ice Rink; November 16, 2016 to January 3, 2017

2. Banff Lake Louise, Banff, Canada

Banff Lake Louise; mid-December to mid-April (weather permitting)

3. Eiffel Tower Ice Rink, Paris

Eiffel Tower Ice Rink; December 15, 2016 to February, 2017

4. Evergreen Lake, Colorado

Evergreen Lake; December 17, 2016 to March 5, 2017 (weather permitting)

5. Red Square Rink, Moscow

Red Square Rink; November 30, 2016 to March 15, 2017

6. Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa

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

7. Rockefeller Center, New York

The Rink at Rockefeller Center; October 8, 2016 to March 19, 2017

8. Shichahai Lake, Beijing

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

9. Somerset House, London

Skate at Somerset House; November 17, 2016 to January 15, 2017

10. Vienna Ice Dream, Vienna, Austria

Wiener Eistraum; December 27, 2016 to March 12, 2017


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Originally published December 2013, updated December 2016.