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Families enjoy Winter Village along Tampa’s Riverwalk

Ice skating, shopping and other festive activities are open at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
 
Robyn Spotts, in background on left, her daughter Rowan, 6, and friends, Molly Glassman and her son, Isaac Glassman, 5, are all pictured after a few laps on the ice rink at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 in Tampa. The families first visited the Glazer Children’s Museum before hitting the ice rink. “We didn’t last long there and we are not lasting long here,” Robyn Spotts said regarding their limited success on ice skates.
Robyn Spotts, in background on left, her daughter Rowan, 6, and friends, Molly Glassman and her son, Isaac Glassman, 5, are all pictured after a few laps on the ice rink at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 in Tampa. The families first visited the Glazer Children’s Museum before hitting the ice rink. “We didn’t last long there and we are not lasting long here,” Robyn Spotts said regarding their limited success on ice skates. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Nov. 23, 2023|Updated Nov. 27, 2023

The holiday season has begun along Tampa’s Riverwalk as the Winter Village opens for the holidays, located at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. On Tuesday, despite warm temperatures, families were already enjoying time on the ice.

The festivities will go from Nov. 17 to Jan. 1 featuring ice skating, local vendors, holiday lights, music and more. The attraction is free for all ages but ice skating requires a paid admission plus skate rentals.

In addition to The Shops and Cafe of Winter Village, events include silent disco Fridays, Winter Village Express, a 360 Degree Light Show and curling.

Visit the website to learn more.

Yonnis Dixon, 3, checks out the crowd as his grandmother, Cindy Petruzelli, laces up his ice skates before they hit the rink together. “I teach, so we have the week off,” Petruzelli said. "This is his first time ice skating.”
Yonnis Dixon, 3, checks out the crowd as his grandmother, Cindy Petruzelli, laces up his ice skates before they hit the rink together. “I teach, so we have the week off,” Petruzelli said. "This is his first time ice skating.” [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
A skater laces up the before hitting the ice rink.
A skater laces up the before hitting the ice rink. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Skaters on the ice rink at the Winter Village. The cost to skate is $17 per skater for 90 minutes, plus skate rentals.
Skaters on the ice rink at the Winter Village. The cost to skate is $17 per skater for 90 minutes, plus skate rentals. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Molly Glassman, of St. Pete Beach, gasps and laughs while documenting the moment as her son works to stay upright on the ice rink.
Molly Glassman, of St. Pete Beach, gasps and laughs while documenting the moment as her son works to stay upright on the ice rink. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Isaac Glassman, 5, left, goes down and takes his mom, Molly Glassman, with him on the ice rink.
Isaac Glassman, 5, left, goes down and takes his mom, Molly Glassman, with him on the ice rink. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Yonnis Dixon, 3, gets help from his grandmother, Cindy Petruzelli, as they skate on the ice rink.
Yonnis Dixon, 3, gets help from his grandmother, Cindy Petruzelli, as they skate on the ice rink. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Skaters on the ice rink at the Winter Village.
Skaters on the ice rink at the Winter Village. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Guests check out the holiday shops at the Winter Village, which feature boutiques from local makers.
Guests check out the holiday shops at the Winter Village, which feature boutiques from local makers. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Dylan Beltran, 8, plays in the splash pad at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, steps from the Winter Village. “He always plays in the fountain,” his mother, Monica Beltran, said. The family visited the Glazer Children's Museum before coming to the park, which they visit about once a month.
Dylan Beltran, 8, plays in the splash pad at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, steps from the Winter Village. “He always plays in the fountain,” his mother, Monica Beltran, said. The family visited the Glazer Children's Museum before coming to the park, which they visit about once a month. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Christmas trees adorn the park with downtown Tampa in the background, as seen from the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
Christmas trees adorn the park with downtown Tampa in the background, as seen from the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]