2016 Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park: What to Know Before You Go

2016 Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park: What to Know Before You Go

TAMPA, FL – While you may not be able to build a snowman on the Tampa Riverwalk, the Downtown Tampa Partnership is hoping people will still go walking through its winter wonderland.

From ice skating to boutique shopping, the 2016 Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park will provide the sights and sounds of the holiday season for children and adults alike.

Here’s what area residents need to know before you go to the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park:

Dates and Times

The schedule for the Curtis Hixon Park Winter Village is:

Winter Village Ice Rink, open daily through Sunday, Dec. 25

School Holidays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Monday through Thursday: 4 to 9 p.m.Fridays: 4 to 10 p.m.Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Sundays, noon to 9 p.m.

Sono Café at Winter Village

Monday through Thursday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.Fridays: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Sundays: noon to 9 p.m.

Winter Village Shops, open Thursdays through Sundays through Saturday, Dec. 24

Thursdays and Fridays: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day)Saturdays and Sundays: noon to 7 p.m. (closed Saturday, Dec. 10)
Location and Parking

Curtis Hixon Park is located in downtown Tampa at 600 N. Ashley Drive. Parking is available at the William F. Poe Parking Garage at 800 N. Ashley Drive. On-street parking is free of charge north of Kennedy Boulevard after 6 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Admission

Admission to the 2016 Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park is free.

Winter Village Ice Rink

The Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park Ice Rink is downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink. The rink is open to novice and expert skaters alike. With extended hours during school holidays, the ice rink provides excellent entertainment for families during vacation. Ice skate rentals are available on-site at the ice rink entrance.

Ice skating tickets are $12 per person for 90 minutes of skating. Tickets and group skating packages are available at the ice rink. Contact Rachel Radawec at rradawec@tampasdowntown.com or call (813) 221-3686.

Sono Café at Winter Village

Sono Café, which overlooks Curtis Hixon Park in the Tampa Museum of Art, will set up shop in the Winter Village as well. Mise en Place’s hospitality and culinary experts will provide seasonal fare throughout the event.

The snack bar, located near the Winter Village Ice Rink, will feature classic snacks, such as roasted chestnuts, snowflake lollipops, chocolate bark and candied nuts. The café itself will feature sandwiches, wraps, soup, cheese, charcuterie, dips and holiday sweets. Sono Café will also feature a full bar with themed drinks, wine, craft beer and specialty coffees.

Winter Village Shops

The Winter Village Shops will feature more than 20 boutiques from local artisans and stores offering gift ideas for holiday shopping – everything from decorative goods, handmade toys, dog accessories, jewelry, apparel and more.

The "pop-up" shopping boutiques come courtesy of PODS Moving & Storage. Each "store" in the village will be set up in a PODS unit provided by the Clearwater-based company.

Four companies – Dark Cycle Clothing, Curated Home Décor & Clothing, Carnage Leather and LuLaRoe – will have shops open during the entire event. Other vendors will rotate in and out of the village’s other two spots.

Click here for a full list and schedule of participating boutiques.

OnBikes Winter Wonder Ride

For the sixth straight year, the OnBikes Winter Wonder Ride will conclude its charity bike ride at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park for its post-ride celebration. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. starting at Curtis Hixon Park. Proceeds from the bike ride, which winds through downtown Tampa, will go toward OnBikes’ mission of providing bicycles to children in need.

The Winter Village Shops will be closed on Dec. 10 during the post-ride celebration.

For more information on how to participate in the Winter Wonder Ride, visit https://www.onbikes.org/tickets/.

Sponsors

The Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park is presented by USAmeriBank, and is supported by contributions from the City of Tampa, TECO Energy, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa Bay Lightning, Strategic Property Partners, Tampa Bay Rays, PODS Moving & Storage, Sykes, Atlantic American Advisors, Moss Construction, Power Design Inc., Courtyard Marriott, De-Simone and Tampa Bay Times. The Bucs Care Foundation donated the tent structure.

For more information on the 2016 Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park, visit http://www.wintervillagetampa.com/.

Image via Gordon Tarpley, Flickr, used under Creative Commons

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