If you don’t think it feels like the holidays until you’ve seen ice or snow, check out this list of wintery fun you can find right here in Central Texas!
Snow Fun in Austin and Beyond
Snow Day (Bastrop)
December 3 from 1-7 p.m. | Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St., Bastrop
Join the Parks and Recreation Department at Fisherman’s Park for a winter wonderland you will never forget! Delight in the wonder of winter, hot chocolate, SNOW, and end the day with a holiday-themed film! How The Grinch Stole Christmas (PG – 2000) will start at around 5:30 p.m. FREE!
Christmas Dreams and Snowy Things (Round Rock)
December 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Chasco Family YMCA, 1812 N. Mays Street, Round Rock
This FREE event includes real snow activities, giant slides, train rides, interactive holiday booths, Blue Santa donation station, live music, rides, concessions, and an appearance by Santa Claus!
Downtown Christmas Fair (Hutto)
December 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Downtown Hutto
Head to the Downtown Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop the stores, enjoy a meal at the downtown restaurants, shop vendors featuring: handmade items, unique gifts, home decor, jewelry, toys and delicious fair food and drinks! The YMCA Children’s Area will include crafts, games, inflatables, train rides and… SNOW! Admission to Children’s Area is $5 per child and includes all activities. Buy wristbands at entrance to Children’s Area by Henrietta the Hippo. There will be live entertainment throughout the day with performances from the Hutto Middle School Band, Farley Middle School Choir, Hutto Middle School Choir, and Dance-N-Groove. Parking is free at the Co-Op – 420 US 79 – follow signs.
Ice Skating in Austin and Beyond
Open daily; hours | Northcross Mall, 2525 W Anderson Ln, Austin
Public Skating times are offered at Chaparral Ice every day! Admission is $6 and skate rental is $4 for children and adults. Kids 5 years of age and under skate for only $5 on Saturday and Sunday, including skate rental. Kids 5 and under skate FREE during Monday-Friday afternoon public sessions with paid adult admission (excluding holidays).
Hyatt Lost Pines Ice Skating Adventures (Bastrop)
November 21 – January 4 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Hyatt Lost Pines, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines
Day guests: $25 for adults; $20 for children. (Admission is $5 cheaper for overnight guests.) Tickets available at the front desk. Day guests may not skate December 30 – January 1.
November 25 – January 1 | 126 W Main St, Fredericksburg
$10, includes skates. Eisbahn will be open every day, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, through New Year’s weekend. Open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Open Sundays 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Friday before school is out for Christmas break: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (but always 10 p.m. on Fridays). Monday – Friday after school is out for Christmas break: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ice Skating on the Whole Foods Plaza
November 27 – January 7 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Whole Foods, Plaza Rooftop, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
$10, includes skates. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are always open to the public, but please check the homepage or call Lamar Guest Services at (512) 476-1206 during the week to confirm public skating hours on weekdays. They are hosting several private parties throughout the month of December during which the skating rink will be closed.
Sights & Sounds of Christmas Ice Skating Rink (San Marcos)
November 30 – December 3 from 5-11 p.m. | San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos
The Sights and Sounds of Christmas is bringing even more holiday cheer with a large, simulated ice skating rink. Enjoy skating ’round and ’round with family and friends, surrounded by millions of Christmas lights and holiday music. Make this season the best ever at the 28th annual Sights & Sounds of Christmas. The rink is located across the river at the basketball courts just behind the Town of Bethlehem. Ice skating sessions each run 20 minutes. Cost: $5 per session (5 tokens). This is in addition to nightly admission to Sights and Sounds, which is $5 for adults; free for kids 12 and under.
Annual Holiday Lights & Ice
December 16 – January 1, hours | Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin
$25-30 adult; $20-25 children age 12 and under. Skate into the holiday spirit on our indoor ice rink overlooking the scenic Hill Country and enjoy a display of twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family. With a portion of proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas, the Holiday Lights & Ice event features a 4,000 square foot ice rink and a special “Light the Night” kick-off production on December 16 with a festive holiday laser light show. Local Austinites, resort guests and Barton Creek Country Club members are invited to skate on the resort’s indoor ice rink. Holiday-inspired treats and hot beverages will be served along with ornament and gingerbread cookie decorating in Santa’s Workshop. The grand opening performance begins December 16 at 6:30 p.m. at The Pavilion and the first skating session begins at 7 p.m.