Places to see snow and ice skate without leaving Tampa Bay


Even if it’s not snowing in Tampa, there are still some cool places to have fun in the winter during the holiday season! Play in the “snow” – without the accompanying freezing temperatures – or take a spin and skate together. Here are some places to see snow around town.

Winter Beach at St. Pete’s Pier

November 20, 2021 – January 17, 2022

St. Pete’s Pier is decorated and dazzling for the holidays and of course there is the Bending Arc which lights up all year round! Ice skate, play in the snow and meet Santa at the inaugural St. Pete Pier Christmas event. Did you not have the chance to meet Santa Claus in person? Write him a letter and place it in the Winter Beach North Pole mailbox.

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. The park sparkles with lights and festive decorations. Guests can skate along the only outdoor rink in downtown Tampa while taking in views of the Tampa Riverwalk. The Winter Village Shops will feature five local market shops, and the Winter Village Icicle Craft Kitchen will serve up seasonal holiday treats.

Ice skating at Curtis Hixon Park Winter Village
Image Credit: Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

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Snow Festival at Straub Park

December 18, 2021

Snow is coming to St. Pete! There will be slides for adults and children, inflatables, arts and crafts tents, food trucks, and more. The $ 5 bracelet includes all activities and can be purchased online or at a City recreation center from Monday, November 29 to Thursday, December 16, 2021. Bracelets can also be purchased on the day of the event.

Snow days at the Florida Aquarium

December 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Snow is on the menu at the Florida Aquarium! The frigid Snow Days festivities are included with membership or general admission. Take part in an epic battle where you’ll throw snowballs at the pollution monsters plaguing our oceans, dance at the Winter Wonderland dance party, and take part in hands-on interactive experiences while wearing gloves. Visitors can enjoy Snow Days with extended hours at the Aquarium all week from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm

Related: Celebrate the Holidays in Tampa Bay: Christmas Events, Lights & More!

Places to see snow beyond Tampa Bay

Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park – The town of Dade

Selected dates November 14, 2021 – March 27, 2022

If you thought snowtubing in Florida was impossible, think again! Snowcat Ridge has a 60 foot high and 400 foot long snow tube hill. Highlights include snow tubing (single, tandem, and family), evening music, and a light show visible throughout the park. Guests can also enjoy the Artic Igloo playground and outdoor ice skating. The Alpine Village offers a variety of food and drink and, new this year, guests can rent private igloos at the Eskimo Outpost.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms -Orlando

November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Explore the festive decor throughout the resort, including 2 million twinkling lights and the 60-foot Christmas tree, which comes alive during the night light show. Other festivities include the Circus: Spirit of Christmas holiday show, a Christmas tree trail and the new Mission: Record the interactive Christmas experience with Elf. But one of our favorite things to do is explore the Snow Factory, where you can play in the snow, buoy on ice side by side, and sip drinks from the Snow Bar. FYI: some activities, including the ice tube, require tickets.

Image Credit: Gaylord Palms

Winter wonderland of Wekiva Island -Orlando

December 3 – 25, 2021

Daily “snow” and a range of festive events such as holiday movies and tours with Santa Claus make this seasonal celebration worth a visit, especially if you like the atmosphere of Old Florida. While “snow” isn’t the real stuff, it’s still fun to pretend. The addition of a 20-foot tree, new this year, enhances the festivities.


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