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When is the Bryant Park Winter Village 2020?
By the time you choose a costume at a Halloween store in NYC, The Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park will already be open for business. The Winter Village is set to open on October 30, 2020 and will be open through March 7, 2021.
What are the hours of operation for the Bryant Park Winter Village?
The Rink and Lodge Deck is open daily, 8am-10pm; and the holiday shops are open Mondays through Fridays, 11am-8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-8pm.
What is there to do at the Winter Village this year?
Not only is there free ice-skating on Bryant Park's 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink (you may bring your own skates or rent them), Urbanspace—the brand that’s responsible for Union Square’s and Columbus Circle’s holiday markets as well as Mad. Sq. Eats—is bringing about 60 holiday shops, including a bunch of new kiosks and eateries for your shopping and eating pleasure. There is also a different rinkside pop-up restaurant this year called The Lodge Deck that'll have festive cocktails and delicious food.
What safety precautions will be in place?
This year, reservations and skate rentals must be made in advance online (rental prices change depending the day and time), and fewer skaters will be on the ice at one time. High-touch surfaces and rental equipment will be sanitized throughout the day.
As for shopping, there will be a reconfigured layout with fewer shops that will give people to walk through spacious walkways to avoid congestion.
Things to do near Bryant Park Winter Village
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Best things to do this fall in NYC
Marvel at this realistic Sistine Chapel exhibit
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel at the Vatican is one of the must-see artworks of a lifetime, and for a limited time, its likeness will be right here in New York City. "Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition" will bring New Yorkers close to a high-res replication of the fresco that draws about 5 million people each year. It's the next best thing.
Get a glow up at Lightscape
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is bringing a gorgeous, new after-dark illuminated spectacular to its grounds in November, where you can walk through the Cathedral of Light tunnel, a Fire Garden on Lily Pool Terrace, a Field of Light and an animated light installation covering Cherry Esplanade (and visible from the Robert W. Wilson Overlook). Colorful light displays highlighting the garden’s trees, landscapes, and architecture with more than 18 distinct works of light art and a series of light-based artworks by local artists will be installed in the Plant Family Collection.
Geek out at New York Comic Con
Comics fans across the city have been waiting with bated breath to see if New York Comic Con would return this year — it is! While it's back in person, it's also online again because that capacity is limited. That being said, it's set to be a great one with can’t-miss panels, celebrities and all the cosplay you could ever fantasize about.
Head to these great spots for leaf-peeping
Going upstate to see fall leaves is great, but it's a trek. Luckily, if you know where to look here in NYC, there are some truly stunning foliage to see in many parks and gardens across the boroughs, including at Fort Tryon Park, the Greenbelt Nature Center, and Sunken Meadow State Park. Happy peeping!
Watch the Tony Awards
The Broadway shutdown in 2020 meant that only about half of the productions that had been scheduled to open in the 2019–20 season actually got to do so. This year’s Tony Awards are a return to form. Experience the show followed by a special Broadway's Back presentation.
Bump and grind with the New York Burlesque Festival
This world-renowned New York Burlesque Festival, now in its 19th year, features artists from around the globe pulling out the stops (and nipple tassels) to showcase the finest the art form has to offer. This year's lineup of festivities, which runs Oct 1–3, includes three decadent nights of artful tease.
Dig into apple cider donuts from NYC’s farmers market
As the fall rolls in, there are probably a few things you crave—no, no, not pumpkin spice lattes—apple cider donuts. NYC’s network of open-air markets have all-things apple, year after year. Snag the sugary confection, and stock up on apple cider while you’re at it, too. You can hop over to grownyc.org to find a market nearest you.
Roam the grounds at the New York Botanical Garden
Head to the garden's Seasonal Walk, where you'll find yellow lace flowers, dahlias and 'Midnight Dancer' daylilies or get lost in the Thain Forest, where you'll hear the trickling of the Bronx River and its waterfall. In the fall, the forest is an incredible setting to see the leaves changing. Also, don't miss the duck families in the Conservatory Courtyard Pools that feed on small plants and insects around the water lilies.
Go apple picking just outside the city
Grab an empty basket and don your best plaid for a fall PYO adventure. At local farms in the tristate area, you'll find a generous offering of apple varieties and fun seasonal activities like petting zoos and corn mazes. We guarantee you're bound to stumble upon some apple cider doughnuts along the way.
Hark, Christmas lovers! The Bank of America Winter Village will be open for the holiday season before you can say “trick or treat.”