Skate the Day Away

Growing up in Texas, my visions of what Christmas should look like were always thwarted. In the movies and the songs there was all this talk of snow, but we were lucky if there was a nip in the air. Perhaps that's why the idea of an outdoor ice rink is so appealing to me. Of course, since the Anatole moved its rink indoors this year, you'll have to drive to Fort Worth's Panther Island Ice to hear the swish of a metal blade against the slightly melting ice. Sure, you may not need to bundle up, but at least you can leave with sore ankles and rosy cheeks. Panther Island Ice (223 NE 4th Street, Fort Worth) is open daily from 3-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 3-11 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Regular admission is $11. More information at
First Friday of every month, 3-11 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 3-10 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Starts: Nov. 7. Continues through Jan. 19, 2014