Open to the public, the Winter Village at Bryant Park opened from October 29th, 2016 to January 2nd 2017. This is the perfect winter destination to find an interesting gift or to spend a day with the family. Featuring more than 125 boutiques-shops there are famous grub hubs to local artists featuring their work in this winter wonderland. Beware of the tourist flood, New Yorkers!
The audience admires the ice-skaters at the centerpiece rink of the winter village. Admission is free, in addition with $20 rental skates and $10 for a lock. Events include special morning Excerskating, as well as individual and group lessons can be arranged for all ages and levels.
Maybe don’t go in the evening or weekends, if you don’t like German tourists elbowing you in the gut.
In the boutique-like shops you can find adorable gifts, like the microwavable cuddle buddies Hot Hugs, who will warm you up on the coldest days of the season. Or hand-knit accessories of all sorts. Or soy, vegan, cruelty-free bath and body products at Soy Logic Apothecary and other vendors.
Now that you’ve done all your shopping, sit down for dinner at Public Fare, Bryant Park’s new eatery in collaboration with Crate and Barrel, serving an array of seasonal pastries, sandwiches and snacks with a coffee bar in the morning that will transition to a wine and cocktail bar in the evening.
The Traditional Christmas Tree lighting was held December 2nd, and will continue to bring joy to visitors until the end of the season.