Santa visits Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park


Tampa, FL – He’s making a list and checking it twice before making a few surprise Santa Sightings at the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park.


Santa and Mrs. Claus will be appearing every half hour between 5pm and 7:30pm on Saturday, December 12th and 19th and again on Wednesday, December 23rd, on a raised stage at Winter Village. The Santa Sightings are a great way for kids of all ages to see Santa in a socially distanced setting while getting a selfie with the jolly old elf.


The Partnership’s annual Winter Village features a riverfront ice skating rink and a nightly light show set to holiday music. New this year to the Tampa holiday tradition, is the Curtis Hixon Choo-Choo, a 12-seat, three-car, trackless train making 10-minute loops around the park during the light show. Train cars will be limited to one family at a time and will be sanitized between rides. It runs from 6 to 9pm.


Tickets for the 5,000 square-foot ice skating rink must be bought online in advance to eliminate ticket lines. All skaters must wear masks.


Tickets for the skating rink are available now at:


Reminder you don’t need a ticket to experience Winter Village. In addition to free rides on the Curtis Hixon Choo-Choo, there are the Shops at the Winter Village and festive food and drinks for sale. After dark, the light show is a sight and sound extravaganza, operating from 6 to 10pm.


Winter Village runs through January 3rd, 2021.