I have a soft spot for outdoor ice skating. There is nothing like skating in the fresh air. When the rink is an oasis in Manhattan with tall buildings all around it is an incredible experience. We even spotted the Empire State Building while skating. The rink is understandably a popular spot for outdoor enjoyment.
The rink was quite full when we visited one Sunday but skating tickets are timed to make sure it is not too overcrowded (I’m not sure if it is always that way or if it is a Covid regulation). Each skating session has 3-4 groups of skaters, and entry and exit to the rink will be staggered to avoid crowding at doors and gates. Only ticketed skaters are allowed into the rink area. Family members must wait outside the rink area.
There are skates for rent at the rink. The adorable skate assistants in the shape of penguins or snowmen can be rented for an additional fee.
Face masks were mandatory during out visit. Lockers are not available due to Covid19 but a shoe bag with drawstrings is provided with each skate rental so that skaters can wear the shoes in the backpack style bag. Bags and strollers can be checked in for an additional charge.
The whole Bryant Park Winter Village has a festive feel with shops and restaurants set up throughout the park. Igloos, clear heated domes with comfortable seating, are available for rent at the park.
Posted: December 2, 2021
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
5th Avenue between W. 40th and W. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Reserve online at: https://rink.wintervillage.org/
Approximate Distance from:
Brooklyn Bridge: 20 minutes
Lakewood: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Monsey: 1 hour
Skate Rental: $21/$26/$36
(see pricing calendar on ticket site linked above for off peak and peak dates)
Skate Mate Rental: $22/hour
(available to purchase onsite only; skate mates are for kids 10 years old and under only; skates are not included)
Bag Check: $15
(reserve in advance or purchase onsite)
Shoe Bag: $5
(free with skate rental purchase)