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Winter Village is Now Open

Cynthia Bord

Keeping up with a New York tradition.

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With complete darkness by 5 PM and the Christmas specials up on the Starbucks menu again, it’s time for Winter Village at Bryant Park to open again. Whether it’s getting a warm, rich hot chocolate or skating around with a hundred strangers on the rink, it will be a memorable time that is a great tradition for New Yorkers and winter tourists alike.

Winter Village is now open Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 8 PM, opens early at 10 AM on weekends, until March 6th.

Prepare for the biting cold with a heavy jacket so you don’t catch a cold tinkering with all the international food booth menus and sitting at the metal tables lining the joints of the park as you have an insightful talk that is cut short by terrible weather.

So what is there to do?

Great question. Bryant Park’s Winter Village is a combination of food booths and specialty accessory shops, a full ice rink, and special events.

Food booths typically include hot drinks like hot chocolate, coffee, and tea. Hot foods like bars, arepas, and Chinese bbq will be at the Holiday Shops with an assortment of hot desserts like crepes, waffles, and doughnuts. 

But don’t forget about all the gifts you can purchase for your friends, family, or yourself this holiday season with glass-blown lamps, winter hats, and decorative chopsticks. Or, if shopping’s just too cold for you the day you decide to go to Bryant Park, bundle up and reserve a time slot to skate for free in the Skating Rink. Bring your skates or rent your own. Don’t forget a lock to store your belongings!

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