TAMPA — What has become a holiday custom in Tampa — ice skating near the waterfront — starts another season with an official opening Thursday.
Tampa's Downtown On Ice holds the ceremony at 5:30 Thursday at the rink at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be joined by representatives from the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first official skate. The opening festivities include free skating for everyone until 7:30 p.m.
The rink will be open daily, except Thanksgiving, until Jan. 5. Skating is $10 for 90 minutes and includes skates.
Hours are: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 9 p.m. For group rates and private party rentals, see www.tampasdowntownonice.com.