Holiday skating rink returns to downtown Tampa

TAMPA (FOX 13) – Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park has once again been transformed into a riverside winter village. There will be a holiday market and a waterfront cafe, plus the city’s only outdoor ice rink has been set up.

The popular skating rink opens Friday. Skates are available to rent, and yes, it’s real ice.

“We have professionals that do these rinks all over the world come down here and build this rink,” explained Shaun Drinkard of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. “We keep it running for about 50 days – November 17 through January 5.”

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New this year, the Winter Village has partnered with the Tampa Theatre to present their Winter Classics series. While the historic theater is being renovated, you’ll be able to watch movies on the park’s lawn – for free – on Fridays and Saturdays.

– Nov. 17: White Christmas
– Nov. 18: Home Alone
– Nov. 24: Miracle on 34th Street
– Nov. 25: A Christmas Story
– Dec. 1: The Polar Express
– Dec. 15: Elf
– Dec. 16: It’s a Wonderful Life

Other holiday events this year include the tree lighting on December 1, the Santa Fest parade on December 2, and a lighted boat parade on December 23.

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