RECOMMENDED: Christmas for kids in New York
Every winter, families look foward to the opening of the Bryant Park Winter Village—an NYC winter staple. The ongoing festival brings tons of family-friendly activities to the space, including a holiday market with prime shopping and an awesome rink for some of the best ice-skating in NYC. One of our favorite ways to celebrate the season is grabbing a cup of the best hot chocolate from a local vendor, gazing up at the gorgeous tree and paying a visit to Santa in the village.
What is the Bryant Park Winter Village?
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is an annual series of events combining holiday shopping, ice-skating and visits with Santa during the winter and holiday season. Much of the park is transformed into a pop-up market, filled with local vendors selling gift items alongside the iconic ice-skating rink. A decorated holiday tree stands in the village, just near the seasonal restaurant, Celcius, and Santa stops by once in a while to visit with the children.
When is the Bryant Park Winter Village?
The skating rink at Bryant Park Winter Village operates from October 30 through March 6, open Monday through Sunday 8am–10pm, weather permitting. The holiday shops are open Monday through Friday 11am–8pm, Saturdays 10am–9pm and Sundays 10am–6pm.
Where is the Bryant Park Winter Village?
The Bryant Park Winter Village takes place behind the New York Public Library in midtown, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Bryant Park Winter Village attractions
During the winter months, Bryant Park opens a no-charge 17,000-square-foot skating rink. Don’t get too excited: The admission may be free, but you gotta pay $14 to rent skates (or BYO). On the upside: The complex holds 500 people, holiday shops, an indoor pavilion and the Canadian-themed lounge Celsius, which conveniently offers a full children's menu and plenty of hot chocolate.
Free curling lessons, ice golf, a summer-themed skating party and a kid-friendly silent disco will bring any wintertime whining to a halt