Discover The 6 Largest Ice Skating Rinks in Texas This Winter

Written by Jennifer Geer
Published: December 2, 2023
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Ice skating is a fun way to celebrate the holidays. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s nothing quite like taking a turn around an ice skating rink to get you in the holiday spirit. Even though Texas winters aren’t always snow-filled and chilly, depending on what part of the state you are in, you can always find an ice skating rink for some holiday cheer. Read on for our list of some of Texas’s largest ice skating rinks this winter.

Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex — Houston

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Children can take hockey or figure skating lessons at Houston’s Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex.

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The Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex in Houston, opened in 1995, is a 42,900-square-foot facility with a regulation-sized ice skating rink for public skating. In addition to public skating, the Aerodrome offers figure skating and hockey classes. The Aerodrome also offers special events, such as the Nutcracker on Ice, performed this year on December 15th and 16th.

The Aerodrome is prepared for large crowds, with 1,000 ice skates available for rental. The facility also has a history of being the practice arena for Houston’s former professional ice hockey team, the Houston Aeros. The Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex is at 8220 Willow Place Drive North in Houston.

Chaparral Ice — Austin

Young couple preparing to a skating. Close-up photo of their hands tying shoelaces of ice hockey skates in the locker room

The largest ice rink in Austin is Chaparral Ice, with 29,000 square feet of ice.

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For over 25 years, Chaparral Ice in Austin has offered public skating, figure skating lessons, and hockey lessons for kids and adults. The family-owned facility provides 29,000 square feet of ice and is open year-round. The facility hosts birthday parties, children’s camps, and adult skate nights. Although ice skating is popular during the holiday season, Austin residents often enjoy beating the heat in the summer by cooling off with a turn around the ice skating rink. Chaparral Ice is located at 2525 West Anderson Lane #400 in Austin.

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center — The Woodlands

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About 30 minutes north of Houston in The Woodlands is a 21,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility with an ice skating rink every winter.

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The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center is open seasonally in the 21,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility. The Woodlands Town Center is about 30 minutes north of Houston and offers 1,000 acres of shopping, dining, and entertainment. The ice skating rink opens every holiday season with lighting, a sound system, and tables for parties and concessions. The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center is at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands.

Ice at the Galleria — Houston

Skating rink, Houston Galleria

The large skating rink inside the Houston Galleria is in the biggest shopping mall in Texas.

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Another mammoth-sized year-round ice skating rink in Texas can be found in Houston. The Ice at the Galleria offers a 20,000-square-foot facility inside a mall. When the mall opened in 1970, it was the first ever to house an indoor ice skating rink, and it’s still one of the only ones today. The rink is located in the lower-level atrium and features wide skylights above. Recently renovated, the ice skating rink offers lessons and public skating sessions. The Ice at the Galleria is located inside the Galleria in Houston at 5015 Westheimer Road #1260.

Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods — San Antonio

Low angle view of ice hockey player with stick on ice rink controlling puck and copy space.

The Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods offers everything from advanced figure skating lessons to beginner lessons on skating.

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The Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods, located in San Antonio, offers a regulated ice skating rink with 17,000 square feet of ice. The 77,000-square-foot building also offers hockey, soccer, and mini-golf. In addition to public skating sessions, the arena provides ice skating lessons, including freestyle, beginner, advanced, and hockey lessons. The Ice and Golf Center is at 17530 Henderson Pass in San Antonio.

Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green — Houston

Kinder Lake in Discovery Green Park (Houston, Texas)

Kayak around Kinder Lake in the summer, and enjoy a winter wonderland when it transforms into an ice skating rink in the winter.

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The Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green is Houston’s only outdoor skating rink. Skaters can enjoy 7,716 square feet of ice as they skate beneath the sparkling holiday lights of downtown Houston. The water comes from the park’s Kinder Lake. Activities at the rink include outdoor movies, music, and occasionally a visit from Santa. The Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green is at 1500 McKinney Street in Houston. 

Summary of the 6 Largest Ice Skating Rinks In Texas This Winter

RinkLocation
Aerodrome Ice Skating ComplexHouston
Chaparral IceAustin
The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town CenterThe Woodlands
Ice at the GalleriaHouston
Ice and Golf Center at NorthwoodsSan Antonio
Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery GreenHouston

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Jennifer Geer is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on animals, news topics, travel, and weather. Jennifer holds a Master's Degree from the University of Tulsa, and she has been researching and writing about news topics and animals for over four years. A resident of Illinois, Jennifer enjoys hiking, gardening, and caring for her three pugs.

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