It’s beginning to look a lot like…summer. It basically always looks like summer in the city of Tampa, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do the holidays just like NYC. Eat your heart out, Rockefeller Plaza, because the Winter Village is coming back.
In case you’ve never experienced the month+ long extravaganza, the Winter Village features tons of local vendors, a big ice skating rink, tasty hot cocoa drinks (listen, it gets cool in the shade), and so much more.
The Winter Village returns at the end of November
Winter Village season runs from November 22-January 5. The current map shows space for 10 different vendors, and multiple spaces for food/drink in the Winter Village Cafe.
We know what you’re here for, it’s ice skating. Don’t fret if you don’t own a pair of skates. I don’t think any of us do because, well, Florida. The Winter Village features a skate rental station next to the rink, so we’re all good.
Get ready to rent skates and a perform a perfect figure 8
Here’s the rundown on rates and hours of operation:
Individual Tickets | $15
Group Rates for 20 – 49 | $14
Group Rates for 50 – 99 | $13.50
Group Rates for 100+ | $13
Monday – Thursday | 4pm – 9pm
Friday | 4pm – 10pm
Saturday | 10am – 10pm
Sunday | 12pm – 9pm
During Hillsborough County School Breaks
Monday – Saturday | 10am – 10pm
Sunday | 12pm – 9pm
Thanksgiving | CLOSED
Christmas Eve | 10am – 6pm
Christmas Day | 4pm – 10pm
All of this information is also available on the Winter Village website. I encourage you to follow it closer to opening day as special announcements will be posted there, as well as on Winter Village’s Facebook page.
All aboard the Winter Village Express
The TECO Line Streetcar has partnered with Tampa’s Downtown Partnership to create an immersive themed ride experience. Punch “Believe” in your ticket and hop aboard the Winter Village Express.
Riders can board the Express at Whiting Station or Centro Ybor on select Sundays to enjoy treats, music, and activities during the non-stop ride. The Winter Village Express will run from November 22-December 24, with rides starting 3:25pm from the Whiting Staion. The Streetcar leaves the station every hour.
Curtis Hixon Park is located at 600 North Ashley Drive.
Need more Holiday Cheer? The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Grinch will both screen for FREE in Curtis Hixon Park this month. Full story here.