10 of the world's most beautiful ice skating rinks

Story highlights

  • 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 Kremlin
  • 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.
    Tower of London Ice Rink, London
    Tower of London Ice Rink; November 16, 2016 to January 3, 2017
    Banff Lake Louise, Banff, Canada
    Banff Lake Louise; mid-December to mid-April (weather permitting)
    Eiffel Tower Ice Rink, Paris
    Eiffel Tower Ice Rink; December 15, 2016 to February, 2017
    Evergreen Lake, Colorado
    Evergreen Lake; December 17, 2016 to March 5, 2017 (weather permitting)
    Red Square Rink, Moscow
    Red Square Rink; November 30, 2016 to March 15, 2017
    Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa
    Rideau Canal Skateway; January to early March (weather permitting)
    Rockefeller Center, New York
    The Rink at Rockefeller Center; October 8, 2016 to March 19, 2017
    Shichahai Lake, Beijing
    Shichahai Lake, opposite Beihai Park's North Gate, Di'anmen West Street, Xicheng District; opens late winter
    Somerset House, London
    Skate at Somerset House; November 17, 2016 to January 15, 2017
    Vienna Ice Dream, Vienna, Austria
    Wiener Eistraum; December 27, 2016 to March 12, 2017