TAMPA, Fla. — Editors' note: The video above is from December 2021.
The winter holiday season is quickly approaching and those in the Tampa Bay area can now get excited about the return of downtown Tampa's Winter Village.
As noted in a news release, guests will be able to enjoy a real ice rink, curling, shops, festive food and drinks and nightly holiday light shows during the event's sixth season.
The village is set to kick off at Curtis Hixon Park at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, and will remain open until Jan. 4. Below are the days and times the village will be open:
- 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Friday
- 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- During holiday breaks, the village will open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
This year, for the first time, guests will be able to experience Tampa's version of curling, according to a news release. The activity will be available daily for free on a special non-frozen court and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
A team-based curling league will begin on Nov. 30 and run until Dec. 28 and will meet weekly on Wednesdays. More information about the league can be found here.
The village will also offer Santa Sightings on Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make stops at three different locations throughout the village, where they will pose for photos.
Click here for more information about the village's activities.