Omni Barton Creek Guarantees There Will Be Ice in Austin This Holiday Season

Ring in the Holidays at the Hill Country Resort’s Annual Gingerbread
Competition and Holiday Lights & Ice Event

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It seems like the holidays arrive earlier and earlier each year, but
before holiday shoppers get swept away in the hustle and bustle, Omni
Barton Creek Resort & Spa
invites merrymakers to start the
holiday season with festive fun the whole family can enjoy. With the
resort’s Eighth Annual Gingerbread
and Sixth Annual Holiday
Lights & Ice
, families will be creating memories that will last
throughout the holidays and years to come – both benefiting Make-A-Wish®
Central & South Texas.

Eighth Annual Gingerbread Competition

This year’s gingerbread competition features a classic “Winter
Wonderland” theme. From spun sugar snowflakes, candy icicles or powdered
snow-covered trees, every gingerbread house will be adorned with ornate,
wintery decorations. Gingerbread enthusiasts interested in cooking up
their best creations are encouraged to submit an entry form to win grand
prizes, including:

  • Adult Category: $750 prize check to winner + one-night stay at Omni
    Barton Creek and breakfast for two at Hill Country Dining Room
  • Professional/Corporate Category: $750 prize check to winner(s) +
    one-night stay at Omni Barton Creek and breakfast for two at Hill
    Country Dining Room + $500 donation in their company’s name to
    Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas
  • Teen Category: $250 prize check to winner + complimentary ice skating
    passes for winner and four friends (good for one skating session
    during the 2015 Holiday Lights & Ice event)
  • Youth Category: Private skating session for winner and 10 friends
    (good for one skating session based on availability during the 2015
    Holiday Lights & Ice event. Must contact the Resort for reservations)
  • Social Media People’s Choice Award: Dinner for two at 8212 Wine Bar &
    Grill (alcohol excluded) OR a round of golf for two on one of four
    championship courses (winner announced Monday, December 7)
  • Honorable mention prizes will also be awarded

Noteworthy judges include:

  • Kathrin Brewer, Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas, President & CEO
  • Kristy Owen, Owner & Co-founder of 265 Things to Do in Austin Blog
  • Jordan Steele and Taylor Ellison, KEYE’s “We Are Austin” hosts
  • Chef Aimee Olson, Director of Education at Le Cordon Bleu Austin
  • Jennie Shields, Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Austin

Entry forms must be completed and submitted by Sunday, Nov. 29, and
gingerbread creations must be dropped off at the Pavilion at Omni Barton
Creek between noon and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. An awards ceremony
will follow, complete with the holiday tree lighting ceremony and a
dessert reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visit
to learn more on rules, procedures and how to enter.

Twirl under the Twinkling Lights for a Good

With a portion of proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish Central & South
Texas, the Holiday Lights & Ice event features a 4,000 square foot ice
rink and a special “Winter Wonderland on Ice” kick-off production on
Dec. 18 by Ice Couture, starring international dancers, show skaters and
Austin’s very own Chaparral Ice Skaters. Local Austinites, resort guests
and Barton Creek Country Club members are invited to skate on the
resort’s indoor ice rink overlooking scenic hill country views and a
display of twinkling lights. Holiday-inspired treats and hot beverages
will be served along with ornament and gingerbread cookie decorating in
Santa’s Workshop. The grand opening performance begins Dec. 18 at 6:30
p.m. at The Pavilion, and the first public skating session with Santa
Claus follows at 7:00 p.m.

Ice Rink Session Times

December 19 – January 6

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Skate with Santa Claus during the following session times:

December 18

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

December 19

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

December 20

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

December 23

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The ice rink is open to the public and tickets are available for
purchase in the Holiday Shop located in the Canyons Room. A portion of
proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas.

  • Skating Tickets: $25 Adult, $20 Child
  • Season Pass: $150

For more information on the Gingerbread Competition, Holiday Lights &
Ice, packages or special offers, guests may visit
or call 1-800-336-6158. Travelers or media also can follow Omni Barton
Creek at

About Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Austin’s leading golf destination, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa treats
active, discerning travelers to a welcoming and invigorating luxury
experience set against a breathtaking Hill Country environment. Heralded
as the No. 1 golf resort in Texas, Omni Barton Creek boasts four
nationally acclaimed championship courses. The resort features 309
spacious and beautifully appointed guest rooms, a full-service Three
Springs Spa, superior dining experiences in its Hill Country Dining Room
and 8212 Wine Bar & Grill, and the industry’s finest meeting and wedding
facilities. For more information on Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, call
1-800-336-6158 or visit


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