Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas is kicking off its third annual Holiday Lights & Ice event on Wednesday, November 21 and will run through January 6, 2013.  It will include Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink (new location next to the tennis courts), family fun time at “Frosty’s Family Fun Room” and 200,000 twinkling lights placed throughout the resort.  A portion of the proceeds at the event will be donated to Make-A-WishCentral & South Texas.  

“Holidays are truly a magical time at Barton Creek Resort, and we are honored to partner again with Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas,” said Barton Creek Resort & Spa General Manager James Walsh. “With our largest ice rink ever, new holiday activities in Frosty’s Family Fun Room and festive cheer throughout the resort, we hope to bring joy to kids and to those who are still kids at heart.”

Every year, thousands of children submit their wishes to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas (, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. With the help of Barton Creek Resort and event-goers this year, the non-profit will grant wishes to these deserving children.

“Make-A-Wish is able to grant more wishes year after year thanks to the generosity of philanthropic partners like Barton Creek Resort,” said Glenn West, President & CEO at Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. “We are grateful for the warmth, compassion and support of Barton Creek Resort and those who give back through Holiday Lights & Ice.”

Guests can enjoy the skating rink with all-day skating passes, which start at $25 for children and $35 for adults. Individual skate sessions are also available starting at $17 for children and $23 for adults. 

Additionally, in support of the holiday, the resort is offering the “Winter Wishes” package with rates from $99 per person, per night or a family of four starting from $222/night.  The package includes:

  • Cozy accommodations
  • One skating session per person, per night of stay
  • A festive breakfast buffet in the resort’s AAA Four Diamond-rated Hill Country Dining Room
  • $25 voucher to be redeemed in the resort’s Holiday Gift Shop
  • A warm treat for the kids

Families will also have complimentary access to Frosty’s Family Fun Room, open daily in December from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with special activities available Friday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Frosty’s Family Fun Room activity and games include Christmas cookie decorating, “Dress your Snowman,” Snowflake Making, Holiday Face Painting, Pin the Nose on Frosty, Frosty Snowball Toss, and Snowflake Balloon Catch.

Skating-inclusive overnight packages will be available at the resort, and the rink will be available for private events, field trips and more. For more information on Holiday Lights & Ice, please call 1-512-329-4043 or visit


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