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Children can play in the snow at the Westin La Cantera Dec. 13-24.

Forst is the Westin's 1,200-square-foot skating rink

Visitors to the Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, during the holidays won’t have to look far for entertainment. Just outside the spacious resort, you can find an ice-skating rink, snow and snacks beneath a host of trees decked out in twinkling lights.

Crispy Creme Bread Pudding is one of the treats cooked up for the crowds.

All of it is part of the annual Hill Country Holidays that the resort hosts.

The following are some of the activities planned:

  • Frost — A 1,200-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink has been set up at the back of the resort. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the rink is available to all for $10 per 45-minute skating period. The cost includes skate rental.
  • Legendary Holidays — Bandera storyteller Makin’ Dust offers some holiday tales and leads the sing-alongs next to the fire pit. The event ends with a snowfall. This popular event runs 5-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 13-24.
  • Celebrando Navidad — Storybook readings in English and Spanish will be offered to children in the hotel’s Esparza Library at 3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekends Dec. 1-31.  Snacks will be served.
  • “The Nutcracker” — Not the ballet but a family comedy performed by the Magik Theater. Shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and 27 as well as Dec. 4, 11, and 18. Admission is $5 a person.

David Robinson greets Frosty the Snowman and Santa.

There will also be crafts in the North Pole area and at Santa’s Workshop, where kids can make a holiday toy with the elves. There’s also a box for the Marine Toys for Tots drive for anyone who wants to contribute.

All this can be had while enjoying a seasonal menu created by the resort’s staff under the direction of executive chef John W. Armstrong. The savory treats include a chicken pot pie, roasted turkey legs and a chorizo bisque in a bread bowl, while the sweets include crispy crème bread pudding, peppermint cookies with a chocolate dipping sauce, and churros as well as a dense, rich hot chocolate.

If you’re in the mood for something more adult, the bar has whipped up a series of holiday cocktails to make the season even brighter.

A portion of the proceeds from the skating and the show will benefit the Carver Academy, says Tony Cherone, general manager of the resort.

It’s a welcome Christmas present for David Robinson, former Spurs player and founder of the school. “This really is a joy for me,” he says. “Everyone knows this is my heart and soul.”

For more information, call 210-558-6500 or click here.

Photos by John Griffin and courtesy the Westin.

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