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The Winter Village at Bryant Park Opens Oct. 30

The Winter Village at Bryant Park Opens Oct. 30

The Winter Village at Bryant Park is home to NYC's only free admission ice skating rink and a variety of outdoor holiday shops.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, home to holiday shops, an ice rink, the Lodge Deck, and so much more winter fun for the whole family, opens on Friday, Oct. 30 for the 2020/2021 season. This NYC holiday favorite is home to the city's only free admission ice skating rink and a variety of options for holiday shopping. This year, the Winter Village will implement a variety of safety precautions and COVID-19 regulations to keep your family safe, as well as spotlight four NYC minority-owned small businesses.

Safety precautions at this year's Winter Village include required face coverings and increased sanitizing and cleaning on high-touch areas. The Rink will be a completely outdoor experience this year and reservations and skate rentals must be made in advance online. There will be fewer skaters on the ice at a time to decrease the overall capacity. Reservations and rentals will be available on the website in the coming days, and new reservation dates will be added throughout the season.

Holiday Shops at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park offer an open-air market with artisans from NYC and all over the world, guaranteeing you'll find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list. The shops will be open through Jan. 3, 2021 and will feature fewer kiosks with a reconfigured layout to allow for more spacious walkways and no congestion. Staff will wear face coverings, hand sanitizer will be made available, and contactless payments will be conducted. As part of the Winter Village's Small Business Spotlight presented by the Bank of America, four NYC minority-owned small businesses with annual revenue of $1 million or less will have the opportunity to showcase their products in a rent-free booth, as part of the Holiday Shops.

The Lodge will look a little different this year too, and will be an outdoor, aprés skate-escape offering visitors cocktails, food, and a cozy place to watch ice skaters and enjoy the tree. 

The Winter Village will be open Monday-Friday, 11am-8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-8pm. Many shops will stay open on holidays and have later hours after Thanksgiving. You can find a directory of businesses participating in this year's Holiday Shops here. Check back here for updates about entering your small business in the Small Business Spotlight as well as information regarding other upcoming programming as they become available.



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