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Glide through the holidays at these ice skating rinks around D-FW

Face masks and other virus precautions are part of the 2020 rink rules.

No matter if the temperature is frosty or way too warm, North Texans can count on having fun on the ice at these holiday skating rinks. Destinations this year include a “frozen pond” rink at Globe Life Field, one of the attractions at the new Luminova festival. So grab your mittens and wool cap and don’t forget to check each venue’s COVID-19 rules. Most locations require face masks, advance purchase of timed tickets to help limit capacity, and socks for rented skates.

Christmas in the Branch

Glide on the ice at this Farmers Branch outdoor rink in front of the Children’s Health StarCenter. The attraction is part of Christmas in the Branch, which also includes a holiday marketplace on Saturdays, Dec. 5-19.

Open daily through Jan. 3 (except Christmas and New Year’s Day).

Nov. 27-Dec. 20: Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 9:45 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 9:45 p.m.

Dec. 21-Jan. 3: Hours are daily from noon to 9:45 p.m. (until 4:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve).

At Children’s Health StarCenter, 12700 N. Stemmons Freeway (at Interstate 635), Farmers Branch. $10 for ages 4 and older, free admission for children 3 and younger; $5 skate rental. discoverfarmersbranch.com.discoverfarmersbranch.com.

Galleria Dallas

Circle what is touted as the country’s tallest indoor Christmas tree at the Galleria’s indoor rink. Coordinate your ice time with the daily Illumination Celebration (2, 4 and 6 p.m.) and you will get an up-close look as the tree lights blink to favorite holiday tunes. Skaters who have purchased a ticket can stay on the ice as long as they like during a public session, but there is no in-and-out access. Three-day ice skating classes are offered during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Call the skating school at 972-392-3361 for more information.

Holiday skating continues daily through Jan. 3 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day); times vary (check the website). 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. $12 admission, $5 skate rental.galleriaiceskatingcenter.com.

Lone Star Christmas

Visit the Gaylord Texan for holiday skating day or night on a 6,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink. Skating can be bundled with other holiday attractions at the resort hotel for a discount. Tickets must be purchased online.

Daily through Jan. 3, opening at 10 a.m.; closing times vary (check the website). At the Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. $17.99, free for ages 3 and younger, includes skate rental. christmasatgaylordtexan.marriott.com.

Luminova Holidays

Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, becomes a Yuletide wonderland with over 3 million twinkling lights and fun experiences during the premiere of Luminova Holidays. One of those experiences is a spin around a 10,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating pond. Skating requires an additional fee, and you’ll get priority access if you pre-purchase your skating ticket.

On select days through Jan. 3, opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 10 p.m. on weekdays, 11 p.m. on weekends. At Globe Life Field, 734 Stadium Drive, Arlington. Luminova admission: $24.99-$29.99 for ages 13-64, $14.99-$19.99 for ages 4-12, $19.99-$24.99 for seniors 65 and up; skating is an additional $10, including skate rental. luminovaholidays.com.

Panther Island Ice

Located at the Coyote Drive-In north of downtown Fort Worth, Panther Island Ice offers skating seven days a week through Jan. 18, including holidays. Skate on ice under the pavilion at the outdoor movie drive-in. To limit in-person contact, advance online ticket purchase is required. Snacks and drinks, including beer and wine, are available from the Coyote Canteen.

Open daily through Jan. 18; times vary (check the website). At 223 NE Fourth St., Fort Worth. $13, includes skate rental. pantherislandice.com.

Skate the Square

Go for a spin on Frisco Square’s ice rink, one of the attractions offered during the Christmas in the Square holiday festival. The outdoor rink will be open daily through Jan. 4 for public skating, except for Christmas. To promote social distancing, timed advance reservations are recommended. Walk-ups will be limited to availability. The rink is also available for private parties. Check the website for more details.

Open Nov. 27-Jan. 4 (except Christmas), Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 9:30 p.m., Fridays from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. At Frisco Square, corner of Main Street and Coleman Boulevard, Frisco. $15, with or without skate rental. friscosquare.com/ice-rink.

Winter Wonderland

The NYTEX Sports Centre, home of the Lone Star Brahmas hockey team, will be decked out for holiday fun for two weeks, Dec. 20 through New Year’s Day. Glide on the west rink amid twinkling lights and holiday decorations. Tickets are available online only starting Dec. 1.

Open Dec. 20-Jan. 1 (except Christmas) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 1). At NYTEX Sports Centre, 8851 Ice House Drive, North Richland Hills. $15, includes skate rental. nytexsports.com/winter-wonderland

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