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Cool (and hot) things happening at Panther Island Ice rink

by Faye Reeder | Dec 14, 2015

As if Fort Worth is not cool enough year-round, things got even cooler when Panther Island Ice opened last month for its annual limited engagement of ice-skating fun, which runs through Jan. 18.

“Panther Island Ice aims to create a holiday tradition that brings people of all ages to Fort Worth,” said JD Granger, executive director of the Trinity River Vision Authority. “All proceeds from the ice rink go back to programming and recreational enhancements on Panther Island.”

Besides the thrilling experience of skating on Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice rink, a slew of special events — including a spectacular fireworks show — are on tap during December and January.

Figure-skating performances by local skaters will be held every Sunday in December at 3:15, 5 and 6:30 p.m., proudly sponsored by the Star-Telegram.

Taking the ice today will be Laurel Alexander. On Sunday, see a performance by Mary Beeson, and on Dec. 27 CeCe Weaver will sharpen her skates and demonstrate why figure skating is so enjoyable to watch.

Fire and ice? Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? If you want to experience this, be on the ice Saturday for a ringside seat when Extreme Pyrotechnics shoots a dazzling fireworks display at 7:15 p.m.

“This is the opening weekend for Star Wars so the music during the show will be a mixture of Christmas music and Star Wars tunes,” spokeswoman Shanna Cate said. “You can get a discount for the ice rink by coming in a Star Wars costume.”

Then on Sunday, enjoy Texas Ballet Theatre Nutcracker Night from 4 to 7. “There will be music from The Nutcracker playing, a chance to win tickets to a show, and we’ll have performers on site for autographs and photo opportunities,” Cate said.

A funky good time is planned for Motown Night from 4 to 7 Jan. 9 while Motown music plays and skaters show off their best dance moves on the ice. Be sure to participate in drawings or contests for a chance to win tickets to the upcoming Motown: The Musical at Bass Hall.

Panther Island Ice is in the Coyote Drive-In complex, at 223 NE Fourth St. Regular admission is $11 and includes skate rental. A ticket to the drive-in is not required to get into the ice rink. To learn more, visit or call 817-698-0700.