AUTHOR SANEL HUSKANOVIC / CATEGORY CHRISTMAS IN NYC / PUBLISHED: NOVEMBER-12-2019
We are in November, the month before Christmas, one of the most beautiful of the year and in New York the magical and surreal atmosphere associated with the celebrations begins.
As the Christmas season approaches, the metropolis is transforming and becoming, if at all possible, even more attractive. It's teeming with lights and decorations that invite you to dream. On that note, don't miss the Christmas lights in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. I find them breathtaking and we have dedicated a tour to them that will be an unforgettable experience for you. Click here to find out more.
To confirm that the holidays are getting closer and closer, the Christmas market season, the so-called holiday markets, has officially begun! Winter Village reopened on October 31st in Bryant Park, one of the largest and most famous markets in the Big Apple. I consider it an essential destination for those who want to visit the metropolis during this period and immerse themselves in the atmosphere of New York Christmas.
In addition, these markets are part of the tradition and help make Christmas unique in the "City That Never Sleeps"!
Below I have all the information for you about "Winter Village" in Bryant Park, also known as the Winter Village Bank of America in Bryant Park.
Winter Village in Bryant Park: What to expect
The Winter Village opened a few days ago on Halloween, October 31st and will close on January 5th, 2020.
It has been eighteen years since this holiday market was founded. In reality it is much more than a Christmas market. It's a kind of "winter wonderland" right in the heart of Manhattan, in Bryant Park! Truly spectacular.
Here you will find many Christmas houses where you can buy everything: local food, hot drinks, souvenirs, Christmas decorations, handmade items and much more. More than 170 vendors offer their wares in the Winter Village. You can take a closer look at the detailed map of the stands present on the official website .
In addition to the holiday shops, the winter village is home to The Rink, a wonderful ice skating rink. Entry to the track is free and there is the possibility of renting skates (the price varies depending on the date chosen).
New this year: you can book the day and time of skating directly online and possibly opt for the paid premium skate ticket, which offers additional services (for example bag storage or entry to the Polar Lounge). You can find more information here or watch the video I made for you on this topic.
In addition, they are part of the winter village:
- The Lodge, an indoor/tented space with several restaurants. In the center is The Lodge Bar and a number of restaurants such as Ovenly, The Stackery, Pierogi Boys etc. You'll be spoiled for choice!
- Don't miss the room on the second floor of the rink pavilion. An ideal place to warm up, take a break and watch the rink. You can enter this area for free and try out some games like chess! Access is not always guaranteed, you can check by clicking here .
Every year a number of shows and special events are organized in this magical "winter village". For example, Santa's Corner, the corner with Santa Claus, where you can make wonderful photo memories. This year it will take place on December 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Click here to learn more about all the events and activities planned for the Winter Village's 2019/2020 season.
Winter Village at Bryant Park Opening Hours
As mentioned, the Winter Village will remain open until January 5th, while the ice skating rink (The Rink) will continue to operate after that date.
Opening times of the Christmas houses:
Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
A special feature: The Christmas houses in the Winter Village are also open on public holidays.
The ice rink is open daily (including public holidays) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Winter Village in Bryant Park: How to get there?
The place where Bank of America Winter Village is located is Bryant Park, which is located in the heart of Manhattan, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets.
By subway you can get to the 42 Street-Bryant Park Station (Subway B, D, F, M), the Times Square-42nd Street Station (Subway 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R) or 42nd Street Brynat Park (Subway 7), get off.