Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
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Time Out says

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 you’ll have to shell out $15–$19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside foodhall the Lodge. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours. 

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I thought the skates were always 15 dollars. Why 19 dollars?


I personally enjoy the shopping in Union Square more than in the winter village, but there are things unique to both sites that make each of them worth a visit. I'm not a huge fan of ice skating, and this rink can tend to be on the snowier side due to the amount of people always on it, but it's worth a few rounds.


If you want to experience the magic of winter in New York City, but are trying to avoid the overwhelmingly crammed crowds, I recommend giving Bryant Park a shot. Although the park is usually pretty crowded on the weekends, it definitely does not compare to the overly touristy Rockefeller Center. I do, however, highly recommend exploring the park on a weeknight if you can. This normally allows you to get some good skating time in without a long wait, which will give you even more time for exploring the pleasant little pop up shops. And after skating has worked you up an appetite, there are plenty of snacks and treats for you to try! 


New York is just breathtaking during the holiday season, it's a fact. For the quintessential Christmas in New York City experience head on over to Bryant Park's Winter Village. The main attraction is the ice skating rink, but if you are not into skating there is plenty to do and see. They've got a quaint little village of pop up shops set up in the German market style selling everything under the sun. You can sip hot chocolate and nibble on snacks while getting your retail therapy to the sound of ice skates gliding across the ice. If that wasn't enough, Bryant Park has its own beautifully lit Christmas tree in the center of it all. 


If you're looking to avoid the lines at Rockefeller Center head here instead. Even on it's busiest nights, you can move onto the rink with very little wait. Skating is free if you bring your own blades, and you can bring a lock or rent your own to store your belongings. Just remember the lockers are small so pack lightly! Otherwise you'll need to pay to check a storage bag. Also available for rent are skate assistants for kids (aka small figures the kids can lean on while they glide). The cafe within the space isn't too pricey (compared to Rockefeller) but if you don't like the food there, you can easily hop over to one of the many food vendors in the Winter Village. 


Avoid Rockefeller Center at all costs and come here. Sure, Bryant Park also gets a bit touristy with the Winter Village, but that's part of the charm of New York during the holidays.

The rink itself is huge and you can warm up with hot chocolate, waffles or other food from the stands surrounding the rink. I try to go every year and it should be on your winter bucket list. 


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.

Definitely worth checking out! You can get local gifts or treats from pretzels to cookies and wafels. The ice skating rink is adorable and the tree makes for a great backdrop. I love coming here and it's a great place to take out of towners or stop by on a walk through the city for a rest.

Bring your own lock so you don't have to rent one. Bring your own skates if you don't want to rent them - they also have a special line if you don't need to rent the skates. Down side is the attendants are REALLY grumpy. "No Hand Holding." "No skating backwards." "No bags" - Yes they wouldn't let me skate with my purse, and if I remember correctly the year before it was warm and they wouldn't let me skate with my jacket around my waist. Pretty setting, easier than Rockerfeller, but honestly there are just too many rules.