Downtown Tampa Winter Village: Holiday Date Idea with NEW Fun

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Get ready to buckle up those skates for a unique experience in Downtown Tampa– ice skating is returning at Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park, but that’s not all!

Curling will be making its debut in 2022! That’s right…the ice sport curling and we can’t wait! We love WInter Village as a holiday date idea for couples.

This year’s event will be ready to welcome you just in time for Thanksgiving, beginning Friday, November 18, 2022 at 5pm and running through January 4, 2023.

Winter Village Tampa is one of our favorite places to catch holiday lights in Tampa Bay, so let’s dish out the details so you know what to expect.

What’s NEW at Winter Village in 2022: Curling!

Details are just emerging, but here’s what we know so far. We know that curling will be happening and will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.

You will get 45 minutes to play and they will have equipment available to rent. There will even be a Curling League beginning November 30 which will run through December 28, 2022. Oh what fun this will be for those competitive couples.

Games will be every Wednesday from 6pm-10pm. The registration fee is $200- you can register for the Curling League here.

What are the hours for Winter Village?

Winter Village will be open Monday through Friday from 4pm until 11pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 11pm through January 4. Hours do vary a bit around the holidays, so check the ice skating and shops calendars on the website to confirm.

Returning Favorites at Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

Downtown Ice Skating 

When we say there’s nothing quite like ice-skating on real ice outside in the middle of downtown…in FLORIDA…there’s truly nothing like it.

What a fun way to connect together. Are you both from Florida and have never experienced ice skating? Maybe one of you is more experienced than the other? Either way, you’re sure to have some stories to tell following this experience.

You must pre-book your ice-skating time online at WinterVillageTampa.com to secure your spot on the ice. You will get 75 minutes to skate. Tickets are $17 which includes your skate rental.

Winter Village Express

The Winter Village Express is back in 2022! It takes you on a unique, festive ride on the TECO Streetcar on select evenings.  Along the way, you’ll enjoy cookies and milk, holiday sing-a-longs and more festive surprises. The Winter Village Express takes you from Whiting Station Downtown to Ybor City and back.

The Winter Village Express will run on November 20 and 27 and December 4, 11, and 18.

Tickets are $10 – book here before they sell out!

The Shops at Winter Village

Check off the holiday wish list and shop local at the Shops at Winter Village. You’ll find local businesses nestled inside PODS along the sidewalk next to the skating rink.

  • Don Me Now
  • The Modern Paws
  • Apartment No. 3
  • Plant La Vie
  • The Main Ingredient
  • Visit Tampa Bay
  • Nairi Handmade Jewelry
  • Dark Door Spirits

MORE GIFT IDEAS: Experiences Around Tampa Bay Holiday Gift Guide 

The Cafe 

While you’re at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park, be sure to stop by The Cafe at Winter Village for a snack and sips! There has been a pretty good selection in years past and of course, there are specialty holiday-themed cocktails (Campfire Old Fashioned, anyone?).

  • Icicles Craft Cocktails
  • Icicles Craft Kitchen
  • Kahwa Coffee
  • Whatever Pops

Holiday Classics with Tampa Theatre

More fun additions include outdoor holiday movie screenings on the lawn in partnership with the Tampa Theatre. On schedule so far:

  • Saturday, November 19 at 7 pm: Arthur Christmas
  • Saturday, December 16 at 7 pm: A Christmas Carol (2009)

Bringing the Kids to Winter Village

Date night is always best without kids along, but sometimes you gotta go what you gotta do. Some if the kiddos need to come along, there is plenty of fun at the Curtis Hixon Park Winter Village for the whole family.

Curtis Hixon Choo Choo 

The Curtis Hixon Choo Choo presented by TGH Children’s Hospital is a trackless open air train that will take you and the kids on a 10-minute ride around Curtis Hixon Park to enjoy all of the holiday lights. It’s really cute and free – but first come, first served. The Choo Choo will run Fridays – Sundays from 5 pm – 10 pm.

Santa at Winter Village

Santa is slated to make a few pop-up appearances at Winter Village. He’s on schedule to pop in for a visit on: December 2, 9, and 16.

He’s also going to make an appearance during Santa Fest in Tampa!

Winter Village is not to miss!

It is free to go to Winter Village, however you will need to pay to go ice-skating. You can truly make an afternoon/evening out of your visit to Winter Village. There are plenty of areas to snap cute photos, so keep that camera handy!

 


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