Ice skate on the waterfront

PETERSBURG — For the first time, the City of St. Petersburg will have ice skating at the downtown waterfront as part of Holidays in the Sunshine City.

“I am incredibly excited to bring ice skating to our downtown for the first time,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “I hope that everyone has the opportunity to participate in this fun, festive experience. I want to thank our Parks & Recreation team for making this possible.”

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 15, you can ice skate in Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive NE. Sessions are $10 for an hour and include ice skate rental. Bring your own socks, or you can purchase socks at the ice skating rink for two dollars a pair.

“This gives the community an opportunity to experience a winter activity that we don’t normally get the chance to experience in Florida, and the Parks and Recreation Department works hard to bring new experiences at free or affordable rates for the St. Pete community to enjoy,” said Mike Jefferis, Leisure Services Administrator for the City of St. Petersburg.

Session dates and times are as follows and are first come, first served:

  • Sessions on Dec. 15 and 16, Dec. 22 and 23, Dec. 26 through Dec. 30, & Jan. 1 through Jan. 7 are from 1-9:30 p.m. The first session starts at 1 p.m., and the last session begins at 8:30 p.m.
  • Sessions on Dec. 17 through Dec. 21 are from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The first session begins at 6 p.m., and the last session begins at 8:30 p.m.
  • Sessions on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 are from 1 to 7 p.m. The first session begins at 1 p.m., and the last session begins at 6 p.m.

Ice skating is closed on Dec. 25. For a detailed list of sessions for ice skating dates listed above, please visit www.stpeteparksrec.org/holidayevents or contact the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department at (727) 893-7441.

The holiday festivity is sponsored by the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department and the City of St. Petersburg and is part of the Holidays in the Sunshine City event.

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