Bryant Park Winter Village | New York Events

The Bryant Park Winter Village is an NYC Event that draws visitors from the city and around the world.

Bryant Park is a 9.603-acre privately managed public park located in the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan.

About Bryant Park Winter Village:
Even though its official opening is in October, Bryant Park Winter Village is a hallmark of the entire holiday season in New York and one of the most popular and anticipated New York Events. This green space is the iconic New York Public Library’s backyard, placed in the center of Midtown and is close to nearly everything you’ll want to take in during your visit to the city.

This New York Event is designed in the spirit of the winter marketplaces of Europe with a 17,000 square-foot ice skating rink as its centerpiece. You’ll find more than 125 merchant stalls that include wares from artisans that come from all over the world and local food vendors that cater to all ages and appetites. 

The shopping alone at this NYC Event will keep everyone busy for days and with the diverse mix of goods there is literally something for everyone in the family.

Tasting Tuesday: This is a special event where you can sample free food and drinks from select vendors.

Broomball: These are ‘broom inspired’ Ice Hockey games played with pickup leagues that play during January and February 2019.

Bryant Park Tree Lighting Skate-tacular: Tree Lighting Skate-tacular returns on Tuesday, December 4 (time yet to be determined) with anticipated host Alan Cumming and performances by Olympic skaters Johnny Weir, Kaetlyn Osmond, Megan Duhameland Eric Radford, and Jeremy Abbott.

Exerskate: These ice-skating-based exercise classes are offered on Thursday mornings, conducted by trained figure skaters and hockey players.  A great workout on the ice.  

Meet Santa: Santa will be making an appearance to meet with the public, take photos and hear what you want for Christmas.  Have you been naughty or nice?

From abroad, Little Village Crafts offers jewelry from exotic locales including Tibet, Peru, and India. All Across Africa imports decorative items for the home from the Dark Continent. 

Little girl at a Christmas craft market
You'll find lots of sweet treats at the Bryant Park Winter Village. 

For animal enthusiasts, Pink Cloud Gallery has an assortment of animal-themed artwork including clocks, coasters, business card holders and watches. 

There are a variety of vendors offering products including toys for kids, men’s and women’s fashion, beauty products, tasty food items and much more. If you’re a shopper and looking for some of the best things to do in New York, the Bryant Park Winter Village is the event that is not to be missed.

Last, but not least, the heart of Bryant Park Winter Village is, of course, the skating rink. Visitors to the city and New Yorkers alike all converge on the park to take a turn around the ice. 

The weather in New York City during the holiday can be chilly, so you’ll want to make sure everyone is dressed properly as there is much to see and do at this NYC Event. Layering your clothing will ensure everyone stays warm and you can remove layers as needed. Not to mention that endless other attractions and sights are all within walking distance, so you may not find yourself back at your hotel for hours, and you will undoubtedly be going inside and outside a lot, which is why layering is the way to go.

Admission is free and on top of open skating there are skating performances featuring world-class ice skaters. Bring your own skates or you can rent them at the rink. 

They even offer skating lessons so new skaters aren’t sidelined. On site skate sharpening, skate aids for the little ones and lockers and bag check is available so you don’t have to worry about your stuff while you’re showing off on the ice. If you’re in the city for the holidays don’t miss this New York Event.

Bryant Park is 9.6 acres of privately managed public park located entirely over an underground structure that houses the library's stack’s which were built in the 1980s when the park was closed to the public and excavated; the new library facilities were built below ground level while the park was restored above it.

This New York Event takes place very close to Hotel Mela at Bryant Park, within 5th Ave. and 6th Ave., and 40th Street and 42nd Street, and is approximately .2 miles away and a short 4-minute walk from our hotel.

Dates & Times: October 27, 2018 to January 2, 2019. Monday to Friday: 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Location: Bryant Park, within 5th Ave. and 6th Ave., and 40th Street and 42nd Street, New York 10018
Distance from Hotel: .2 miles/4-minute walk

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