Local outdoor Christmas activities

A Christmas tree filled with ornaments.

Marcio Vaz-Fotografia

A Christmas tree filled with ornaments.

Julia Carvalho, Writer

If you are feeling adventurous and are planning on attending any outdoor festivities this holiday season be sure to check out the events listed below.

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park is open from Nov 20- Jan 3, and is fun for people of all ages. It features an ice skating rink along with many festive lights and decorations. It is located in Downtown Tampa, along the Riverwalk. To ensure the safety of their guests, they have implemented new Covid-19 measures such as, wearing a face covering at all times even when skating, and limiting the amount of visitors allowed inside at a time. Make sure to reserve and purchase tickets ahead of time on their website to guarantee a spot.

Tampa seems like the place to be as Busch Gardens is also hosting their annual Christmas Town. Enjoy a beautiful winter wonderland filled with millions of colorful lights and decorations along the whole park, every day from Nov 20- Jan 3. You will be able to enjoy new fireworks this year, along with an outdoor production of their famous Christmas on Ice show and have nighttime access to their exciting rollercoasters. Safety is their top priority during this time, so to protect all guests, Busch Gardens will be implementing new protocols upon entry into the park. They are requiring all guests and employees to temperature screen, all guests are required to make a reservation in advance, and face coverings are mandatory for all guests above the age of 2-years-old.

Winter in Florida is not as extreme as our northern friends, but if you want to experience snow, be sure to visit Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park. There is a 60 foot-tall slope, an artic igloo play area that is great for little kids, and it also features a fun little village where guests can enjoy food, drinks, and shopping.