Winter Village In NYC’s Bryant Park Opens October 30, Despite Health Concerns
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Winter Village In NYC’s Bryant Park Opens October 30, Despite Health Concerns

NYC , United States
Leah Freeman-Haskin
Leah Freeman-Haskin Oct 27, 2020

There are a dozen reasons why New York City is one of the most magical winter destinations during the holidays. From ice skating at Rockefeller Center to shopping along 5th Avenue, the city of New York comes alive with the comfort of holiday cheer this time of year.

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One of the most memorable holiday experiences is the annual Winter Village in Bryant Park, which despite the global crisis that has taken over our lives these past seven months, is opening on October 30th.  Described as “Manhattan’s Winter Wonderland”, the Village is home to New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink, holiday shops, and rink side eats and drinks at The Lodge Deck by Urbanspace.

Photo via bryantpark.org

“Our European inspired open-air market hosts artisans from New York City and around the world. Located along Bryant Park’s allées, plazas, and terraces, the Holiday Shops are housed in custom-designed kiosks,” reads a statement on the website.

After a morning of shopping and skating, you can relax and grab a drink at the Winter Village’s rinkside outdoor lodge deck where visitors can cozy up with a festive cocktail, enjoy delicious food, and watch the ice skaters or admire the Christmas Tree.

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Things will look a bit differently this year, with new health and safety guidelines in place. New this year, the ice skating at Winter Village is now a fully outdoor experience, and the holiday shops have a reconfigured layout with fewer shops to allow for more spacious walkways. There will also be enhanced cleaning protocols, contactless payment, timed skate sessions, and masks are required while at the rink and shopping in the Village. Handwashing stations will also be available throughout the park.

The holiday shops and skating rink will be open through January 3rd.