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Unique Things to Do in Tampa – Holidays on the Water

When you live in one of Marina Pointe’s luxury waterfront condos, many of the most unique things to do in Tampa will be just minutes from your front door. Residents can enjoy Tampa Bay’s sunny, mild winters in seasonal style with a variety of special activities in and around town, including the popular Winter Village Tampa, exciting Tampa Bay ice skating and vibrant Tampa Christmas lights.


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Tampa’s Magical Winter Wonderland

Enjoy holiday shopping, dining and more during the city’s annual “Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park” celebration. Situated on the Downtown Tampa Riverwalk in bustling Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the Winter Village is broken out into three sections:

  • The Shops
  • The Rink
  • The Dining

Shopping in Winter Village

This “pop-up” holiday shopping experience features 10 boutiques from local artisans and merchants, showcasing decorative goods, apparel, handmade toys, jewelry and more.

Shoppers are invited to explore this market-style layout and discover something special for everyone on their list!

Outdoor Ice Skating in Tampa

Strap on a pair of skates and ice skate under the palm trees at Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink; a wintry waterfront tradition with sweeping views of the Tampa Riverwalk and Hillsborough River. Skate rentals are available on-site and tickets include 90 minutes of uninterrupted skating.

Dining in Tampa’s Winter Village

Taste the spirit of the holiday season at the exclusive “Icicle Craft Kitchen” or take a break from the Winter Village’s shopping and skating at one of the Riverwalk’s nearby restaurants.

A series of special events also take place at the Winter Village Tampa each year, including themed “Winter Village Express” rides on the TECO Line Streetcar, the City of Tampa Tree Lighting, Friends of the Riverwalk Lighted Boat Parade and charitable “Winter Wonder Ride.” Visit their website for details.


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Tampa Bay’s Enchanted Ice Skating Rink

This holiday season, unwrap new traditions at the brightest new addition to Tampa Bay’s ice skating scene. Just across the bay from Marina Pointe, Enchant Christmasisbringing winter magic to St. Pete’s Tropicana Field with a custom ice skating trail, the world’s largest light maze and a European-style Christmas market.

  • The Trail – Skate along a sparkling river of ice through glowing archways and spectacular, larger-than-life holiday light displays. Ice skate rentals are available on-site.
  • The MazeEnter this luminous “living storybook” of stunning sculptures and wind your way through to the 80-foot pine tree at its heart. This towering evergreenpromises to outshine New York City’s famously festive Rockefeller Center tree.
  • The Market – Browse an impressive array of decorated stalls featuring 40 local and international vendors. Once you’ve found the perfect stocking stuffers, be sure to sample a selection of hand-crafted foods and drinks designed just for St. Pete’s “Enchant” event.

Other Bay-area skating rinks where future residents, families and friends can enjoy this frosty activity include Clearwater Ice Arena and the Ice Sports Forum near Brandon. Visit the websites to see the current public skating schedule.


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Tampa’s Brightest Lights

Beyond Enchant St. Pete and the annual Winter Village, locals and visitors seeking a new view of the Tampa Christmas lights can hop aboard downtown Tampa’s distinctive Pirate Water Taxi for a “River of Lights” holiday cruise.

Glide along the Hillsborough River on this one-of-a-kind tour of illuminated bridges and downtown decorations, accompanied by a whimsical narrator and a troupe of Dickens Carolers.

This waterfront experience is a unique thing to do in Tampa that spreads holiday cheer up and down the river for 45 magical minutes and includes a complimentary hot chocolate and holiday cookie.

Walking in a Waterfront Winter Wonderland

Discover a refreshing new way to spend the winter with a residence at Marina Pointe, luxury waterfront condominiums located in the heart of South Tampa’s walkable Westshore Marina District. This address represents Tampa Bay’s premier waterfront residential opportunity, allowing homeowners to stroll to shops, dine on the water and step right outside to a state-of-the-art marina and boat slips. Call (813) 344-4752 or visit our sales gallery at 4900 Bridge St, Tampa, FL 33611 for best selection, pricing and views. Condos start from the $700,000s.


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