Monday, November 14, 2016

Winter Village at Bryant Park

All around New York right now preparations are underway to transform the city into something magical for the holiday period and when they are finished it will look like something straight from the movies…. I can’t wait! 

Little finishing touches and decorations are popping up everywhere and this weekend we even saw the tree at the Rockefeller Centre surrounded by scaffolding and a team of workers ready to dress it in sparkly lights. 

One of the first Christmassy treats to pop up is the Winter Village at Bryant Park. I’m not sure if they do this every year, but we enjoyed visiting here last year. B spent hours watching the ice skaters, but never quite plucked up the courage to step foot on the ice. This year however, he was brave enough to give it a try.

You can head along from 8am to 10pm, we visited midday but I’m sure it would be quite spectacular at night.  Admission to the rink is actually free and its $20 for skate hire and $20 an hour to hire a skater aid penguin or polar bear. 

You can also hire a locker to keep your bag safe if you don’t have somebody on the sidelines watching (or taking photos). 

If you don’t fancy the 17,000 square foot ice-rink the holiday village market boasts more than 100 quirky shopping kiosks to pick up a souvenir or gift and delicious food vendors. 

We had an amazing time, I’m sure we’ll visit again before the season is over.  The shops will remain until early January but you have plenty of time, right up until March to skate. 

You can find out more about on the Winter Village website

First steps on the ice.

Little bit unsure at first!

Then we got a cute penguin skater-aid.....

And he was off!

Soooo much fun on the ice!

Now he's showing off.

The 17,000 square foot ice-rink.

Then daddy's turn for a lap.

Looks like fun!

1 comment :

  1. Love this - looks magical! We visited the winter village a couple of years ago and loved the range of dog-inspired tree decorations, as well as baubles decorated with flags - the 'England' one proudly displaying the Union Jack! Not sure what Wales and Scotland would have to say about that.... ;)


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