Countdown to Giving: Day 10

Holidays are Happier on the Ice in The Woodlands!

 The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center has become a staple during the holiday season for residents and guests in The Woodlands. We may be in Texas, but a visit to the The Ice Rink followed by a cup of hot cocoa after your spin on the ice, will definitely get you in the holiday mood! The Ice Rink will be open daily through Monday, January 18, 2021.

Tips for First Time Skaters

If you are new to The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center or just haven’t spent much time on the ice, check out the below tips to ensure your visit is as enjoyable as possible:

Make sure your skates are the right size.

Generally, skates are two sizes smaller than shoe sizes for shoe size six and larger. The skate should fit nice and snug, almost uncomfortable but not so tight it hurts. Next, the skate should be laced up, crisscross style, all the way to the top and tied tight for stability.

Pick the right type of skate.

There are two types of skates – Figure skate and hockey skates. Figure skates are sized for ladies and hockey skates are sized for men, but you can select which type you prefer.

Start slow and be cautious.

Skating is not like walking. You will need to push from side to side and glide across the ice. The Ice Rink features a small separate rink designed for children that provides a less intimidating area to be introduced to ice skating. Be mindful of others skating around you. Helmet and walkers are available for rental.

Bundle up!

The Ice Rink is kept at 55 degrees and below. Dress based on your comfort level as it is colder in the building once on the ice.

Book your skate session

Due to COVID-19, a touchless payment option has been implemented for guests. Booking your skate session online is highly encouraged to ensure capacity is not met for your desired time. Ice Rink face masks are available for purchase onsite, and also make great stocking stuffers!

Consider group or private ice skating lessons.

Still need more help getting acclimated to the ice? The Ice Rink offers private and group ice skating lessons! “Introduction to Skating” group lessons are available for all ages and will take place Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m. A maximum of 15 people will be accepted per instructor. Group lessons are $20 per person and do not include admission and skate rental fees. Private skating lessons are also offered in 30 or 45-minute sessions. The cost for a 30-minute lesson is $30 and $45 for a 45-minute lesson (admission and skate rental fees not included).

Admission for ice skating ranges from $12.50 to $17.50 and varies by day. Children 5 and under are $6. Helmet and walker rentals are also available for an additional cost. Observer only fees range from free to $2.

The Ice Rink will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with special hours for school holidays (based on the CISD school calendar).

The Woodlands Township invites residents and visitors alike to enjoy The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center this holiday season.

Book your wintry adventure online today!

Produced by The Woodlands Township and sponsored by Market Street, The Howard Hughes Corporation®, The Strong Firm and Wright’s Printing.


Located at the northwest side of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at the corner of Lake Robbins and Six Pines Drive, The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center is now open daily for the holiday season! Free parking is available in the Town Center Parking Garage (2005 Lake Robbins Drive). The 21,000 square-foot multipurpose facility features ice skating, private and group ice skating lessons, tables for parties and concessions. The Ice Rink is also available for private rental for corporate or private events.

Please note – Ice Rink operations have been modified to accommodate more stringent cleaning procedures, provide social distancing for guests in accordance with CDC guidelines and comply with local orders regarding building capacity. All visitors will be screened prior to entry and temperature checked. Please wear a face covering when inside the building.

Ice Rink guests should practice social distancing, refrain from gathering in large groups and continue following all guidelines established by the CDC when in public spaces and around others outside of your household. Please note all Township events and programs are subject to cancellation pending local, state and federal Orders or Declarations.  

Non-Traditional Holiday Celebrations

Courtesy of The Woodlands Hotel Management Co.

Whether you have family in town visiting or are just looking to start a new tradition this holiday season, here are some fun non-traditional ways to celebrate in The Woodlands during the holiday season. Consider escaping your home and getting away to a local hotel for your next family gathering where you can enjoy time with loved ones and make memories without all of the stress and distractions of hosting.

Holiday Traditions and Elf Tuck-ins at 
The Woodlands Resort
Celebrate the holidays at The Woodlands® Resort beginning with our annual Grand Illumination Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 29th. Enjoy an evening of family-friendly holiday cheer with live music and kids’ activities including a visit from Santa. Take your family photo in one of our holiday photo booths, and marvel at the lighting of the Resort’s exquisitely decorated 20-foot tree. Other community events include Breakfast with Santa and holiday brunches in The Woodlands Dining Room and Robard’s Steakhouse. Make it a holiday staycation, and weekend guests will be delighted with holiday movies, ornament decorating, letter-writing to Santa, and roasting s’mores. Treat the little ones to a special Elf visit to tuck them in at bedtime complete with storytelling, and milk and cookies. Visit to discover more.

Spectacular Rooftop Event Space on The Waterway
The new rooftop terrace on the pool deck of Como Social Club is one of the most chic and unique venues in The Woodlands. Overlooking the stunning Waterway, the stylish setting captures the ambiance and allure of Lake Como, Italy, and is the perfect backdrop for your next special event. Choose from an array of handcrafted cocktails, a selection of wines from our award-winning sommelier, and exceptional cuisine created by our acclaimed chef. From dream weddings and intimate family gatherings to holiday parties and corporate receptions, the skilled team at Como Social Club can help coordinate an event to remember. Call 281.419.4300 to book your site visit today.

Making Memories that Make a Difference

What comes to mind when you think of having the kids home all summer? Swimming, movie nights and sleep-overs are top of mind at our house, with a fair bit of sibling arguments included in the mix. Well, we have some suggestions for you to put that youthful, unbridled energy to good use. The next time the children utter the much-dreaded bored word, why not consider an activity that will put not only a smile on their face but a warm feel-good satisfaction in their heart?

We have combed the offerings in our area to highlight some opportunities for your children to make a difference in the community.


The first activity is geared toward teaching our children to be good stewards of the environment. The Woodlands Township has a new program called Look out for Litter! The program encourages kids to enjoy the outdoors while keeping our community clean and green. Children pledge to pick up three pieces of litter per day for three weeks and to complete a daily litter log. All children and teens who submit a completed log, signed by a parent, by August 21 will receive a t-shirt and coupon for a free ice cream cone (while supplies last). More details are available at So get your little one out there, grab a few friends and help beautify our neighborhoods!

It is never too early to start teaching our children to help others and instill a love for service. Including a few summer service projects into your schedule is a great way to begin. Everyone can do a litter bit to help regardless of their age or size.

“There could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others.”–George H. W. Bush