Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but starting Nov 26-Jan 4, you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your skate, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius, or browse the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours.

Venue name: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Address: Sixth Ave
New York
Cross street: between 40th and 42nd Sts
Opening hours: October 21 through March 1. Sun–Thu 8am–10pm; Fri–Sat 8am–midnight.
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 7 to Fifth Ave
Price: Free; skate rental $19.
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Pat M

Skip the long lines at Rockefeller Plaza for the Bryant Park rink a few blocks down in Midtown. The ice is less crowded and it's free if you have your own skates (there's a small fee to rent skates on site). I've always loved this rink in the winter time along with the holiday village that takes over the perimeter of Bryant Park in the winter months. It's open all day and into the night, which came in handy when I used to strap on my skates on my lunch break in the early afternoon. It may not have the most famous Christmas tree in the neighborhood, but it even boasts it's own spruce near the rink.