For us the season officially kicks off with a visit to the Carouge patinoire (ice-skating rink) for a session of family skating. We love this rink, which opens on the 16th November 2019 for the season, because it’s not too big and impersonal and it’s good for all levels (including beginners like me). It has a real community vibe and becomes a hub for the city’s festive activities. It’s a fun and safe place for children and tweens and teens love the discos.
Afterwards, warm up with a hot chocolate or vin chaud and enjoy a plate of charcuterie or a famous fondue at the popular adjacent Ice Bar.
This year, we’re looking forward to testing their new after work music events – enjoying a bit of exercise in the fresh air with music, followed by a drink and meal with colleagues and friends.
If you’re into Swiss traditions – check out the accordion soirée where you can also try Carouge’s version of the famous longeole sausage. A Michael Jackson night is also planned, if you’re that way inclined.
The first after work evening will be on November 20th. For more info about other events at the patinoire, click here.
NOTE – this year the rink is also accessible for disabled users with two wheelchair platforms.
Image of Ice Bar: photo credit: Loris von Siebenthal