Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

New this season: plan ahead and reserve your skate time online!

​Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan’s winter wonderland. Enjoy New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink, the Holiday Shops, and bar + food hall The Lodge by Urbanspace.

October 31 – March 1
The Rink
Nov 30 – Dec 30: 8am-11pm
Dec 31: 8am-4pm
Jan 1 – Jan 4: 8am-11pm
Jan 5 – Mar 1: 8am-10pm

The Lodge by Urbanspace Bar + Food Hall
Nov 30 – Dec 30: 8am-10:30pm
Dec 31: 8am-4pm
Jan 1 – Jan 4: 8am-10:30pm
Jan 5 – Mar 1: 8am-10pm

October 31 – January 5
Holiday Shops
Monday – Friday: 11am-9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-9pm
Dec 25: Many Shops are open on Christmas Day
Dec 31: 11am-4pm

All hours are weather permitting

Accessibility

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park strives to be accessible to people of all physical abilities.

Lodge Accessibility

The Lodge accessible entrance is on the south side of the building near the Bryant Park Christmas Tree. The Lodge has an accessible restroom inside.

There are accessible park entrances mid-block on 40th and 42nd Streets, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Holiday Shops Accessibility

Some Holiday Shops are at grade, while others have a step up to get inside the kiosk. To gain access to those kiosks with a step, call 646-689-2210 for assistance. An attendant with a portable ramp will escort you into those kiosks for the duration of your visit.

There are accessible park entrances mid-block on 40th and 42nd Streets, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Rink Accessibility

The Skating Pavilion and Rink are accessible, including accessible restrooms inside the Skating Pavilion.

Both manual and motorized wheelchairs are permitted on the ice. Adaptive sleds are available free of charge.

Users who wish to enjoy the ice using our adaptive sled can be pushed by a member of their party or by one of the rink’s Skate Hosts. To request Skate Host assistance ahead of time, you may call 917-438-5170, though it is not required.

There are accessible park entrances mid-block on 40th and 42nd Streets, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. There is an accessible route that connects the 6th Avenue side of the park up to the Skate Pavilion.

Holiday Shops

This Winter Village holiday market features food and artisanal boutiques offering delicious eats and exquisite gifts. Our European inspired open-air market hosts artisans from New York City and around the world. Located along Bryant Park’s allées, plazas, and terraces, the Holiday Shops are housed in custom-designed kiosks. Browse NYC’s best outdoor holiday market and check everyone off your list!

Interested in becoming a Holiday Shops vendor? Please visit Urbanspace to apply for the upcoming season.

Find Shops, view our map and guide, and learn more about the Holiday Shops.

Hours

October 31, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Monday – Friday: 11am-9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-9pm
Dec 25: Many, but not all, Shops are open on Christmas Day
Dec 31: 11am-4pm

The Rink

New this season: reserve your skate time online!

The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, events, and activities. The Rink is open through March 1, 2020.

Hours
Nov 30 - Dec 30: 8am-11pm
Dec 31: 8am-4pm
Jan 1 - Jan 4: 8am-11pm

Arrive early and save! Get skate rentals for less during our peak season. Choose a time before 10am or noon on select pink days.

Check our calendar for rink closings. Please note: children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pricing

New this year: flexible pricing. Save by visiting on off-peak days, or by skating before 10am or noon on select pink days. Reserve an entry time online now.

Storage
Skaters must store all shoes and personal belongings. Bring or buy a lock to use our free lockers, which fit one pair of shoes and a small bag. Our bag check service can accommodate belongings for 2-4 people. There is an additional fee for over-sized items, which will be determined onsite. There can be no unattended items in the Skating Pavilion.

Locker usage: FREE
Lock purchase: $12
Bag check: $12

Additional Offerings
Skate Aid rental: $22/hour
Skate sharpening: $20 (available in the Skating Pavilion daily 8am-4pm)
Sock purchase: $6

Hours

Nov 30 - Dec 30: 8am-11pm
Dec 31: 8am-4pm
Jan 1 - Jan 4: 8am-11pm

The Rink is open rain or shine. The park closes for weather if conditions are severe. Please check the rink message at bryantpark.org for daily updates.

FAQs

Can I skate for free?
The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village is NYC’s only free admission ice skating rink. If you bring your own skates and a lock for one of our free lockers, you can skate without spending a dime. New this year: skaters with their own skates can also reserve an entry time,

When is the best time to skate to avoid crowds?
-Early mornings. This is also a wonderful time to skate with small children.
-Off season. Visit before Thanksgiving or after the new year, on weekdays and mornings.

Does The Rink close when it rains?
The Rink is open rain or shine. It is unlikely, but we may close The Rink if conditions become dangerous. In the event of an unexpected closure, customers will be refunded for their purchase less a processing fee.

I don’t skate. Can I go into the Skating Pavilion with my party if they purchased a skip-the-line ticket?
All visitors must have a wristband to enter the Skating Pavilion, and must visit a ticket window to get a wristband.

New this year: non-skaters can reserve a time online to avoid lines. We also have an Express Entry ticket (no skate rentals included) available for purchase on site.

Please note: Non-skaters who want to enter the pavilion with Premium parties must purchase a Premium ticket.

I have my own skates. Can I skip the line?
All visitors must have a wristband to enter the Skating Pavilion, and must visit a ticket window to get a wristband. An Express Entry ticket can be purchased on site for visitors that have their own skates. New this year: skaters with their own skates can also reserve an entry time.

I want to visit Overlook. Do I have to wait in line?
All visitors must have a wristband to enter the Skating Pavilion. You will have to wait in line during busy season to get a wristband from a ticket window, or you can purchase an Express Entry ticket (does not include skate rental). New this year: non-skaters with their own skates can also reserve an entry time.

Do you have skate aids?
Yes, our penguins and snowmen will help your little skater navigate The Rink with ease. Beginner skaters under ten only. $22/hour for purchase at The Rink only.

What size skates do you have?
Kids 6-4, Adults 5-14

Where can I put personal items?
-Lockers are free. Please bring a lock or purchase one on site or online. Lockers fit one pair of shoes and a small bag.
-Bag check is available for a fee.
Please note: there can be no unattended items in the Skating Pavilion. Unattended items will be removed by security and placed in bag check, where visitors must pay the appropriate fee to retrieve their items.

Can I have a birthday party at The Rink?
Yes, you can rent Polar Lounge for birthday parties and special occasions. To learn more about our custom packages and to reserve Polar Lounge, call 917-438-5170 or email rink@bryantpark.org.

I want to get engaged on the ice! Can you help?
Bryant Park offers special packages for those who want to make their trip to The Rink extra special. Please contact rink@bryantpark.org for more details.

Bank of America cardholder discount

Bank of America cardholders receive 20% off skate rentals and Express Skate when they use their card at The Rink. This offer is valid only at the Winter Village Skating Pavilion box office, and cannot be used online.

During the Promotional Period, from October 31, 2019, through March 1, 2020 (“Offer Period”), receive 20% off eligible skate rentals and Express Skate service when you use any Bank of America® issued debit or credit card as your form of payment to pay for your purchase at The Rink Box Office. Offer only valid on orders up to $500. Payments using a digital wallet will not qualify for this offer. Not valid on previous purchases or at any other Bryant Park Winter Village location or website. No cash back. Void where prohibited. Fulfillment of this offer is the sole responsibility of Bryant Park Corporation.

Group reservations

Group reservations for ice skating must be secured 24 hours in advance over the phone at 917-438-5170 or by email at rink@bryantpark.org.

Group minimum: 20

Reservations include: Express Skate (skip the line and skate rental)

Chaperone policy: Ages eight and over require one chaperone per 10 children. Ages seven and under requires a minimum of two chaperones per 10 children.

Payment information: Group reservations may be paid via credit card or company issued check. Reservations are not secured until full payment is made. No refunds are given once payment has been made, however reservations may be rescheduled if notified 24 hours prior to scheduled visit date based on availability.

Schools: Please contact Bryant Park for information on special rates.

Skate School

The Rink offers individual and group lessons with skate coaches for all ages and levels, from beginners to those wishing to perfect their skating techniques. Email skateschool@bryantpark.org to book a lesson or schedule your own lesson here.

Ice cut schedule

Ice cuts take 20 minutes and happen according to the below schedule. See pricing calendar for color-coded days.

Green days Orange and pink days
7:30am-7:50am 7:30am-7:50am
9:30am-9:50am 9am-9:20am
11:30am-11:50am 10:30am-10:50am
1:30pm-1:50pm 12pm-12:20pm
3:30pm-3:50pm 1:30pm-1:50pm
5:30pm-5:50pm 3pm-3:20pm
7pm-7:20pm 4:30pm-4:50pm
8:30pm-8:50pm 6pm-6:20pm
7:30pm-7:50pm
8:50pm-9:10pm

Skaters' Code of Responsibility

Skaters’ Code of Responsibility
Ice skating is an inherently dangerous and physically demanding athletic ability. Please abide by the following rules and help make Winter Village a wonderful experience for everyone. You must have a Winter Village skater wristband to enter the ice rink.
  • You must wear ice skates to enter the ice rink.
  • Read and abide by all signs.
  • Follow announcements, and obey the instructions of the skate guards.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Cell phones, headphones, cameras, backpacks, and pocketbooks are not permitted on the ice.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted on the ice, or in the Skating Pavilion.
  • Skating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  • No sitting or climbing on the railings.
  • No carrying a child while ice skating. This is very dangerous for the child.
  • No more than two people may hold hands while skating.
  • Do not congregate at the railings or block the entrances/exits.
  • The center of the ice rink is for skating lessons and figure skating.
  • Spins, jumps, and backwards skating are not permitted when the rink is crowded.
  • Please report any injury to a Winter Village staff member.
  • Skate respectfully.
  • For security reasons, online skating reservations require the name of each person in your party. If fake or repeat names are used, your order may be cancelled, and you will be charged a cancellation fee. Failure to comply with this policy could result in being permanently banned from The Rink.
  • If you do not show up for a skate reservation and make no attempt to notify us in advance, this constitutes a “no-show”. Repeated “no-shows” are grounds for being permanently banned from The Rink.
  • No abusive, aggressive, abrasive or disorderly conduct, which may include weaving, pushing and power stopping.
  • If you are skating in any manner that endangers your fellow skaters, you may be warned and/or asked to leave the ice. Winter Village staff members reserve the right to permanently ban aggressive skaters from The Rink.

Skating time limit is approximately 1.5 hours so that everyone can enjoy free public ice skating at Winter Village.


Acknowledgement of Risk
Release of liability and waiver of all claims by persons entering Winter Village at Bryant Park
Participant and/or Participant’s parent(s) or guardian(s) (individually and collectively, “Participant”) understands, acknowledges, and agrees that ice skating is an inherently dangerous and physically demanding activity. Participant assumes full responsibility for any risk of injury, property damage, or death while participating in any activity at Winter Village at Bryant Park and all related facilities and surrounding areas (collectively, “Winter Village”).

Participant hereby waives any and all claims including, but not limited to, bodily injury, property damage, or death, that Participant or Participant’s heirs, assigns, and/or legal representatives may have against Bryant Park Corporation (“BPC”), Rink Management Systems (“RMS”), the sponsors of Winter Village, and/or the City of New York, and/or their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, officers, directors, employees, agents, and volunteers, arising out of Participant’s use of Winter Village and/or rental of skates.

Participant hereby releases and holds harmless BPC, RMS, the sponsors of Winter Village, and/or the City of New York, and/or their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, officers, directors, employees, agents, and volunteers arising from any and all liability for any loss, damage, or expense that Participant or Participant’s heirs, assigns, and/or legal representatives may suffer as a result of Participant’s use of Winter Village and/or rental of skates from any cause whatsoever, including but not limited to, negligence or breach of contract on the part of BPC, RMS, any sponsor of Winter Village, or the City of New York, or their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, officers, directors, employees, agents, and volunteers, in the operation, supervision, design, maintenance, or condition of Winter Village.

Participant agrees to abide by the “Code of Ice Skater Responsibility” and to follow the instructions of the operating staff of Winter Village. Failure to follow this code of conduct or instructions may result in the termination of Participant’s use of Winter Village and/or rental of skates without refund.

Participant permits BPC, RMS, the sponsors of Winter Village, and the City of New York to use any photographs, videotapes, recordings, or any other records taken while on the premises of Winter Village for publicity, advertising, or any other legitimate purpose. This facility is monitored by video surveillance.

The Lodge

Winter Village’s rinkside bar and food hall, The Lodge by Urbanspace, is a cozy winter destination with a dozen new and classic NYC restaurants. The Lodge features a festive cocktail bar surrounded by a full range of eateries, bar, an outdoor beer garden, and many other exciting dining options to fulfill the cravings of New Yorkers and visitors alike from morning until night.

October 31, 2019 – March 1, 2020
Daily, 8am-10pm
Holiday Hours
Nov 30 - Dec 30: 8am-10:30pm
Dec 31: 8am-4pm
Jan 1 - Jan 4: 8am-10:30pm

Learn more about The Lodge.

Eat and drink

Overlook

Our observation deck, located on the second floor of the Skating Pavilion, is the perfect place to warm up and watch the skating below. While you sit, enjoy a selection of games, chess, and art supplies, all for free! No purchase is necessary to enter Overlook.

Overlook may be closed to the public on certain days for private events, so please click here to check hours before visiting. Scroll down to Private Entertaining if you are interested in renting Overlook for a holiday party or event.

Learn more about Overlook.

Private Entertaining

Overlook, our rinkside event space, offers unmatched views of Winter Village, Bryant Park, and Midtown Manhattan. The perfect setting for holiday parties, receptions, corporate events, dinners, and more, Overlook features floor-to-ceiling windows and custom menus by world-class caterers.

Polar Lounge, our cozy space on the first floor of the pavilion, offers rinkside access and is perfect for small groups and birthday parties.

To inquire about availability and pricing, email us or call 917-438-5170.