Celebrate the holidays in downtown Tampa at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Posted at 8:07 AM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 07:32:08-05

The City of Tampa is celebrating the holidays with ice skating, an outdoor café and pop-up market.

For the seventh year in a row there will be an outdoor ice skating rink set up at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park thanks to support from the Tampa Downtown Partnership. The year the rink moves closer to Tampa's Riverwalk and the Hillsborough River to become part of the city's new Winter Village.

Besides ice skating, visitors to the Winter Village can enjoy seasonal beverages and snacks while checking out the 20 boutique shops setting up shop in the Pop-up Market.

The Winter Village will be open daily from November 18 to December 25.

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Ice skating tickets are $12 per person for 90 minutes of skating. You can purchase tickets at the ice rink entrance. The price includes skate rental for children and adults.

Rink operating hours:
Monday to Thursday: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fridays: 4:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
Sundays: 12:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
School Holidays: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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There are three places to get drinks or snacks at the Winter Village

The Sono Café features sandwiches, wraps, soup, cheese, charcuterie, dips and festive sweets.

The Snack Bar located near the ice rink will feature classic snacks including roasted chestnuts, snowflake lollipops, chocolate bark and candied nuts.

There is also a full bar with themed drinks, wine, craft beer and specialty coffees.
Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fridays: 4:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
Sundays: 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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The Pop-up Market will feature gifts from over 20 local boutiques. Between three and six different shops will be set up daily in PODS containers in a market-style layout.

The shops will feature decorative goods, apparel, handmade toys, jewelry, dog accessories, and more.

The Pop-up Market will be open daily through December 24th (except for Thanksgiving Day and December 10th).

Hours of operation:
Thursdays and Fridays: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A complete list of participating stores by day can be found here: