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Texas Hill Country Ice Skating Options for the Holiday Season

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Just because the Texas Hill Country is hot does not mean that you won’t find places to go ice skating this winter. Thanks to the climate, ice skating in the Hill Country typically involves an indoor rink or an artificially created one. But the ice for both is real, and you’ll get the same cool experience of skating with your family without worrying about thin ice common on natural ice rinks. Check out these Hill Country hot spots for cool times this holiday season.

1. Eisbahn – Fredericksburg

Hill Country Ice Skating at Eisbahn in Fredericksburg

Photo: Facebook/Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

Eisbahn is the only charity ice skating opportunity you’ll have in the Hill Country this holiday season. All proceeds from this rink in Fredericksburg go to charity. For just $15 a day, you get an all-day wristband and skate rental. The rink opens for all-day operation once school lets out for winter break, and until then, the rink is open on weekdays in the afternoons and evenings only. The Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg and Lifeline Foundation (to fund research for cystic fibrosis) both benefit from the profits of this rink. Help out a great cause while having a fun time skating, too.

2. Chaparral Ice – Austin

Hill Country Ice Skating at Chaparral Ice in Austin

Photo: Facebook/Chaparral Ice

Chaparral Ice in Austin offers daily public skating all year long. Admission is $9 with skate rental an additional $5. This indoor rink also caters to hockey teams and figure skaters. This facility also hosts UT hockey games, and if you’d rather watch figure skating than participate, check out the Christmas show and other skating events throughout the year.

3. Ice Skating on the Plaza – Austin

Hill Country Ice Skating at Downtown Whole Foods Market in Austin

Photo: Facebook/Anne Wheeler, Broker Associate at Gottesman Residential Real Estate

For only $10, including skate rental, you can experience one of the most unusual Hill Country ice skating rinks. The roof of Whole Foods Market in downtown Austin annually transforms into an outdoor rink. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through January 15, with a few exceptions, this rink sees an average of 16,000 skaters each year. Make it a part of your holiday tradition.

4. Northwoods Ice and Golf – San Antonio

Hill Country Ice Skating at Northwoods in San Antonio

Photo: Facebook/Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods

In San Antonio, you can visit Northwoods Ice and Golf for ice skating and mini golf here in the Hill Country. Public skate times cost $9 per person plus $3 for skate rental. This indoor ice rink also has classes throughout the year to teach you to ice skate or to play hockey.