Skate admission free at Bryant Park's Bank of America Winter Village, which reopens its rink—and more attractions—Friday, October 29, 2021. Photo by author
Skate admission free at Bryant Park's Bank of America Winter Village, which reopens its rink—and more attractions—Friday, October 29, 2021. Photo by author

Bryant Park's Winter Village Returns October 29

Sharpen your skates and start searching through your winter gear for a matching pair of mittens: New York City's only FREE ice skating rink has set its opening day, and it's only weeks away. The Winter Village at Bryant Park reopens to the public on Friday, October 29, and we've got all the details on what's in store this season.

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The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village

Good news: If you have your own skates, The Rink maintains its status as New York City's only FREE ice skating rink.

Skating sessions again must be booked online in advance to limit the number of visitors on the ice at any given time. Reservations are released on a rolling basis throughout the season, which runs through Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Masks are encouraged on the ice, and enhanced cleaning procedures will be employed again this season. To ensure the maximum number of visitors have a chance to skate, sessions are limited to 55-minutes apiece, so arrive on time! In addition to limiting attendance and encouraging masks, The Rink is instituting increased cleaning of high-contact surfaces throughout the day.

All skate rentals include a “shoe bag,” a small drawstring-style backpack, to wear while you skate, so travel lightly. You can purchase one if you're bringing your own skates for $5 or bring one from home. A bag check is provided for larger items or anything that won't fit inside your shoe bag but comes at a cost, ranging from $5-$15.

Holiday Shops at Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park
Stroll through 170 holiday shops from October through January 2, 2022. Photo by Angelito Jusay/courtesy of Bank of America Village at Bryant Park

Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

The open-air market returns to Bryant Park bringing with it 170 merchants spread throughout the park. Specific retailers will be announced in the coming days. The Small Business Spotlight returns to the lineup, offering rent-free booths to local retailers with annual revenue of less than $1 million.

Hot cocoa at The Lodge Deck at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Grab a cup of hot cocoa—or something stronger—to enjoy on the Lodge Deck. Photo by Angelito Jusay/courtesy of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

The Lodge Deck

This covered, open-air, rinkside eatery offers plenty of eats and treats for visitors of all ages to enjoy an apres skate treat, or just pause to watch the skaters from afar.

Bryant Park's Bank of America Winter Village runs from Friday, October 29, through Sunday, March 6, 2022. The Holiday Shops close on Sunday, January 2, 2022. Hours vary by attraction.

Originally published in October 2020.

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