Steps outside the expansive front doors of the Park Terrace Hotel is one of New York’s most beloved green spaces. Bryant Park is a year-round attraction filled with exciting summer activities, live performances, artistic workshops and heaps of holiday fun. During this festive time of year, Bryant Park transforms into a winter wonderland for all to enjoy. Every square inch of the park is draped in glistening cheer and celebratory entertainment.

If sparkling snow and winter weather is what you’re in search of this holiday season, December is truly the most wonderful time of year to visit Bryant Park. You’ll delight in endless shopping, free ice skating, quaint rink-side dining and so much more. You won’t find a more jovial experience this season! Plus, you’ll discover incredible savings at the Park Terrace Hotel making for the perfect winter getaway to NYC.

Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan during the holidays.

Bryant Park’s Winter Village

Beginning in early November, Bryant Park transforms into a winter wonderland. An open-air market filled with hundreds of vendors comes to life below a towering tree covered in thousands of twinkling lights and colorful decorations. Did we mention the 17,000-square-foot frozen lake created for adults and children alike to enjoy?

Holiday Shops In Winter Village

From home decor and beauty products to handcrafted artwork and children’s toys, the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park have it all! Revel in the quaint shopping experience of custom, one-of-a-kind treasures. You’re sure to find an extraordinary gift for your special someone, plus an endless supply of tasty treats and festive libations.

If you’re shopping with family, grab a cup of hot apple cider or cocoa to enjoy while strolling through nearly 200 vendors participating in this year’s holiday shopping event. The shops are open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through January 2nd.

Friends and families enjoy Bryant Park's Winter Village ice skating rink.

Ice Skating At Winter Village

Bryant Park features the only free admission ice skating rink in the city. Did you know that skaters can easily reserve a 55-minute session at The Rink up to two weeks in advance? Ice skates are available for rent in a range of children’s and adult’s sizes, plus a variety of additional conveniences are offered such as helmet rentals, storage lockers, skate sharpening and skate-aid rentals.

Beside The Rink, the Skating Pavilion boasts two event spaces for large parties or group events. The Overlook is ideal for cocktail receptions or seated dinner parties. The glass walls and clear ceiling offer guests a 360° view of Bryant Park and the surrounding cityscape. The Polar Lounge accommodates smaller groups and provides an intimate setting with a ground-level view of The Rink. Consider booking a Premium Skate package for a family outing or small group party that includes a skate concierge, snacks and beverages, access to the Polar Lounge, skate rentals, bag check and extended ice time.

The Lodge is another great rink-side overlook in Bryant Park. You’ll enjoy several bars and eateries at this exciting winter hot spot. It’s the perfect place to grab a sweet treat, delectable bite or festive holiday cocktail.

Bryant Park’s ice skating rink is open daily during the holiday season from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekends. After Christmas, The Rink is open until 11:30 p.m. every day, except on New Year’s Eve when Winter Village closes at 4:00 p.m. Winter vacationers to the city can enjoy a skate around The Rink through March 2022.

Jolly Fun In Winter Village

When each name is crossed off your shopping list and your feet are ready for a break from ice skating glee, the Winter Village in Bryant Park has a few more activities for you and your comrades to enjoy.

Rent a Cozy Igloo

Escape the cold weather while savoring the sights and sounds of Winter Village in a cozy igloo. Unlike igloos made of ice, these dome-shaped rentals are heated with clear walls and comfortable seating. Family and adult packages are available for up to eight guests with beverages and bites included. Book your 90-minute session in one of these intimate igloos any day of the week.

Visit the Curling Café & Bar

Another unique activity for families and groups of friends is a visit to the Curling Café & Bar. You and your group will have access to a dedicated curling lane and a private, heated dining dome for 90 minutes. Delight in a meal for up to eight guests with an iceless curling experience that mimics the real sport. Family and adult packages are available Wednesdays through Sundays.

Hotel Near Bryant Park Winter Village

Hotels Near Bryant Park

Just across the street from Bryant Park, the Park Terrace Hotel satisfies guests with modern amenities, luxurious accommodations and panoramic NYC views. Our Midtown Manhattan location is the ultimate hotel for your winter escape to the Big Apple.

Located steps from major subway lines and train stations and easily accessible from the city’s three main airports, Park Terrace is nestled in the perfect location for a New York getaway. Our convenient center-city location will put you right in the heart of New York’s best dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural institutions.

There’s always a great deal available on a stay at the Park Terrace Hotel. Find your winter escape at our luxury address that mixes impeccable, artful design and warm natural light with the iconic style that embodies NYC. Start planning your next NYC adventure today!

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