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It’s December and we know what’s on your mind. Starting now until the 25th, you’ll be thinking about what to gift your loved ones, how to stay positive if the season brings bittersweet memories, and where to find the best holiday eats and drinks. Here in Texas’ Capitol city, there are more than a million ways to make the holidays special — but these 15 activities are Christmas in Austin’s best and brightest do’s:

15.) Show off your ice skating moves at Whole Foods Downtown

Whole Foods’ ice skating rink in 2013. Video: YouTube user Adrian Moseley.

You might not get to do much “real” outdoor ice skating in Austin, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have any opportunities to lace up your skates and harness your inner Michelle Kwan. Chapparal Ice, for one, is a great year-round ice skating destination, and the temporary holiday setup at Omni Barton Creek Resort is quite impressive, to say the least — but without a doubt, the most “Austin” ice skating opportunity is found at Whole Foods’ flagship store on Lamar. Grab hot food or drinks on the lower level and then head on up to the rooftop plaza to enjoy holiday music and some good old-fashioned wintry fun with neighbors.

525 N Lamar Blvd. 512-542-2209. Tickets $10, skates included. Open daily through January 9, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Website.



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