Ice skating in Texas? Sure, at these 3 Austin locations

Most Texans are spectators rather than participants when it comes to ice skating. But here are three Austin-area locations where families can experience this exciting winter sport.
Austin’s largest seasonal ice rink at Barton Creek Resort and Spa

Skaters at Barton Creek Resort ice rink

For the second year, Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s 3,800 square foot ice rink in the Resort Pavilion is open for public skating.  Through Monday, January 2 Austin area folks and visitors can enjoy the Holiday Lights & Ice exhibition–ice skating accompanied by a display of 200,000 twinkling lights on the resort grounds. Local residents, club members and resort guests are invited to lace up their skates and share festive holiday cheer with friends and family. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & South Texas.
Eager guests can purchase all-day skating passes, which start at $25 for children and $35 for adults. Individual skate sessions are also available starting at $16 for children and $21 for adults. Seasonal treats including hot chocolate and s’mores are available as are skating-inclusive overnight packages at the resort, and the rink is available for private events and field trips. For more information, call 1-800-336-6158 or visit www.bartoncreek.com. 8212 Barton Club Boulevard

Holiday lights brighten Barton Creek and other skating venues.

Whole Foods annual skating on the plaza
Located on the rooftop plaza of grocery giant Whole Foods’ flagship store, downtown at Sixth and Lamar, is Austin’s first and only outdoor ice skating rink. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy balmy days and nights, which are common in central Texas even during the holiday season.
Skating hours are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (last session starts at 9:00 p.m.). Sessions begin each hour and run for 50 minutes with 10-minute maintenance time between. Purchase tickets for same day skating sessions at the downtown store for $10 per person, which includes skate rentals.
For many families rooftop skating has become a tradition with views of downtown lights rivaling the fun of an outdoor skating adventure. The rink is fairly small with a maximum of 40 skaters on ice during any session, so keep it’s best to limit your group to close friends and family. Open till January 15. 525 N. Lamar. 512-542-2340. www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Oasis on Lake Travis expands with Holiday on Ice
Once considered the premier restaurant to view sunsets over Lake Travis, the Oasis has become a dining and shopping destination for both tourists and locals. In addition to its superb location on cliffs overlooking the lake, the Oasis village includes gift shop, several high end retailers, two more restaurants, covered parking—and now a 1700-foot skating rink open to the public.
Bring the family to see 17 sparkling Christmas trees, skate awhile, and then hop over to a lakeside deck for dinner. Regular skating hours are Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special hours are scheduled for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Cost is $10 plus skate rental with certain special discounts. 6550 Comanche Trail. 512-761-5302. www.oasis-austin.com

Photos courtesy of Barton Creek Resort and Spa
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