A skating rink is one of the attractions at Enchant Christmas, a holiday festival of lights at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

A skating rink is one of the attractions at Enchant Christmas, a holiday festival of lights at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with dates and details for the 2018 season.

North Texas winters don't exactly allow for frozen ponds, but that doesn't mean we can't take a spin on the ice -- real or not -- during the holidays. Here's a list of picture-perfect places to tie on the blades, glide 'round and have an icy good time.

Galleria Dallas 

Skate around what's billed as the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the country. For extra pizazz, catch Olympic champions Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Patrick Chan, Meryl Davis and Charlie White perform during free shows at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. 


Daily through Dec. 23 at Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Check here for daily skating hours. $12 admission, $3 skate rental. galleriaiceskatingcenter.com.

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Skating Under the Stars

Visit a StarCenter location in Euless, Farmers Branch, Frisco, McKinney, Plano or Richardson for open skating with holiday music and cheery decorations. The StarCenter in Frisco offers special Winter Wonderland-themed skating from Dec. 18 through Dec. 27; photo ops with Santa at Dr Pepper Arena from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 18; and Skate With Santa on Dec. 20-22 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Check dates and times at each location $9 admission, $8 for ages 4-17, free for ages 3 and younger. $4 skate rental. nhl.com/stars/starcenters/public-skating

Allen Community Ice Rink

Open skating is available most days on a full-size ice surface. There will also be a special Drop & Shop Holiday Skate on Dec. 22 featuring games, activities and photos with Santa. 

Daily except for Christmas Day at 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen. See daily schedule here. $5 admission, $3 skate rental.  

Skate the Square

Go for a spin on Frisco Square's real-ice rink, one of the fun  attractions during Christmas in the Square. The rink is is open daily through Jan. 7 (except Christmas Day). 

Through Jan. 7 at the corner of Main and Coleman streets in Frisco. Check out daily hours here. $12 admission; includes skate rental. friscosquare.com/ice-rink.

Emily Burleson stays balanced on the ice at Panther Island Ice.

Emily Burleson stays balanced on the ice at Panther Island Ice.

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Panther Island Ice

Located at the Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth, Panther Island Ice offers skating seven days a week through Jan. 8, including holidays. Snacks and drinks are available to purchase from the Coyote Canteen. In addition to discounts for military members and students, the rink offers half-price admission on Tuesdays and a $2 discount on Wednesdays with your donation of two canned goods to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Daily through Jan. 8 at Panther Island Ice, 223 NE Fourth St., Fort Worth. Check here  for hours. $12 admission; includes skate rental. pantherislandice.com.

Glacier Glide Ice Skating

Skate day or night at the Gaylord Texan's 6,000-square-foot rink outside the resort's convention center. Through Jan. 1. Price bundles are available for additional attractions, such as the Ice! sculpture extravaganza, snow tubing and more. 

Through Jan. 1, including holidays, at the Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. See daily schedules here. $17.99 admission; includes skate rental. gaylordtexantickets.com.

Skating Pond at Enchant Christmas

Besides all the pretty lights at Enchant Christmas, visitors can take a spin along an ice trail that meanders through larger-than-life holiday displays. Admission to Enchant is required, and then it's an additional $10 for skate rentals.

Daily from 5 to 11 p.m. through Dec. 31 (except Christmas Eve) at Globe Life Park, Lot F, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. $10 for skate rentals, in addition to Enchant tickets, which range from $19-$64, depending on date, age and group or VIP options; free for children 3 and under. enchantchristmas.com.

Forney on Ice

Outdoor rink at Forney Community Park is open daily through Jan. 6.

Daily, except for Dec. 25, at Forney Community Park, 241 S. FM 548, Forney. Find daily hours here. $10 on weekdays or $12 on weekends. Admission includes skate rental. 

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Squarebody Saloon

This quirky bar near Fair Park has installed a synthetic ice-skating rink in its parking lot. GuideLive's Tiney Ricciardi tried it out and reported that it's "essentially wax-covered plastic," and added, "if you fall, no worries -- because there's no ice, the rink isn't cold." Squarebody expects to keep the rink open for public skating and private parties through a TBA date in Jan.

Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 11 p.m., Fridays through Sundays from noon to midnight, through a TBA date in Jan. at Squarebody Saloon, 723 S. Haskell Ave., Dallas. $12, $10 for ages 12 and younger; includes skate rental. dallasiceskating.com.

Christmas in the Branch


Farmers Branch brings to North Texas a chance to ice skate under the stars at an outdoor rink. "Our traditional tour of lights drive thru display has been re-imagined to include this exciting interactive Christmas experience where you can now get out and play," organizers say. 

Dec. 1- Jan. 6, excluding holidays, at Farmers Branch StarCenter, 1200 N. Stemmons Freeway, Farmers Branch. Check out times here. $9 for adults; $8 for under 18; $4 skate rental. No time limit per visit. discoverfarmersbranch.com.

Find more ways to have fun during the holidays at GuideLive's Holidays in D-FW hub

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