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What's New At The Galleria Ice Rink?

Brooke Lewis
Posted on August 31
A tall Christmas tree with multi-colored lights at the center of a shiny ice rink.

There's something magical about the Galleria ice rink at Christmas. (Brooke Lewis/City Cast Houston)

The Galleria is one of the most iconic destinations in Houston. The ice-skating rink inside is also beloved by many Houstonians. Nearly 700,000 people visit the rink annually. Earlier this month, the rink re-opened after undergoing a $1 million dollar renovation. Let’s learn more.

The First Ever Indoor Rink

When The Galleria opened in 1970, Houstonians were able to skate on the first ever indoor rink inside a U.S. mall. It quickly became a popular destination for birthday parties and other celebrations. Growing up, I used the ice rink as my spot to meet-up with friends or family because it’s located right in the center of the mall. The ice rink is also known for its popular tree lighting ceremony held every Christmas, where a 55-foot Christmas tree is filled with thousands of lights.

The Renovation

The ice rink just had its first ever major renovation since it opened to the public. After decades of use, the rink’s surface became uneven. A new system was installed to create a thinner, better-quality sheet of ice. As part of the renovation, the rink will also get a new ice resurfacing machine, new flooring outside the rink, and upgraded restrooms and changing areas.

The Hours

Now it’s time for you to take a spin on the new ice! The rink is open Monday - Sunday, at varied hours. I recommend going on a weeknight or when it first opens up on the weekends, because it can get packed. Right now, they’re offering skating lessons for ten weeks for only $200 as part of their reopening special.

Do you like to skate at the Galleria? Do you have a memory to share? Email me.

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