Here in Central Texas, we might not always get that cold, snowy weather, but that won’t stop us from enjoying some seasonal winter activities! Below you’ll find a roundup of places to go ice skating with the family in the Austin area.

Ice Rink at the Whole Foods Plaza Rooftop
November 23 – January 21, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The Whole Foods Market Downtown offers ice skating right on their rooftop! The rink is always open to the public on Friday evenings and all day & evening on Saturdays and Sundays. The rink will occasionally be closed for private parties, so it’s best to  it’s best to check the website to confirm public skating hours before you go. Admission is $10 per person, which includes skates.

Chaparral Ice Center
Open daily; special holiday event noted below
This indoor rink is open year-round for public skating. Admission is $10 and skate rental is $5 for children and adults. Kids 5 years old & under skate for only $5 on Saturdays & Sundays. Kids 5 & under skate for free during Monday-Friday afternoon public sessions. Click here for the public skating hours. They are also hosting This is Christmas on Dec. 15 & 16, a special show featuring their own spin on the classic tale, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” (Tickets coming soon on their website.)

Winter Wonderland at the Circuit
Nov. 23 – Dec. 30, 6-10 p.m. Sunday- Thursday; 6-11 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Winter Wonderland is back at Circuit of the America’s, and new this year, you’ll find the “largest outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Texas”. Additionally, you can check out the Chinese Lantern Festival, the Tunnel of Lights, Carnival Rides, Camel Rides, Singing Trees, a Petting Zoo, Santa’s Workshop, a Live Music Stage and more family fun. Tickets are $16, free for ages 5 and under. Get more details & purchase tickets online here.

A day trip to Fredericksburg’s Eisbahn offers up some winter fun. Photo from the Eisbahn Facebook page.

Eisbahn (Fredericksburg, TX)
November 23 – January 6, 2019, times vary
Eisbahn (“ice rink” in German) returns to Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg is an annual seasonal ice skating in the Texas Hill Country that raises funds for the Heritage School and Cystic Fibrosis. All day pass includes skate rental. $15 per person for a come-and-go day pass. Click here for more info.

Sights and Sounds of Christmas (San Marcos, TX)
November 28 – Dec. 1 & Dec. 5 – 8,
The Sights and Sounds of Christmas includes a large, simulated ice skating rink. Enjoy skating round and round with family and friends surrounded by millions of Christmas lights and holiday music. Ice skating sessions each run 20 minutes. Admission to this holiday experience is $5, and the fee for skating is $5 per session. Click here for more info.

Pond Hockey Club
While this is not a destination to drop in for a casual skate, the Pond Hockey Club is a great place for the kids to get involved in ice hockey (or also if you want to play, yourself). The Pond Hockey Club teaches kids how to skate and play hockey. They offer classes, leagues, tournaments and more! Click here for more info.

Know of any other places to lace up those skates and hit the ice? Let us know in the comments below!