Contributor: David Bernard
As we quickly approach Christmas and New Year’s, we felt that it was important to showcase our destination of the month in true holiday fashion. Anyone who has been to New York City at this time of year will tell you just how exciting and “magical” it can be. All of the companies have put up their decorations and the city comes alive with all of the holiday lights and sounds that many of us are familiar with.
Rockefeller Center is arguably the biggest and most popular attraction in the city during the holidays, however travelers should not reduce themselves to just the biggest and most notable attractions while on their adventures. Being a huge city, New York has much more to offer. In fact, many travelers have found the lesser known attractions to be better in some ways!
Over the course of the year, Bryant Park (at 42nd St and 6th Ave) is home to many different and unique showcases. One of its most famous however is their holiday set up in December. Dozens of local merchants set up small stands in the park’s open Christmas market. In addition to the shopping, the usual cafe’s and other various park amenities are also enhanced with various holiday decor.
Bank of America also sponsors an ice rink for public skating. Their pricing structure is included below:
General Admission: Free
Skate Rental: $20
Express Skate: $28
Express Skate Online: $35 + fees
Helmet Rental: $6
Small Bag Check: $10
Large Bag Check: $12
Lock Purchase: $10
Skate Aid: $20/hr
Skate Sharpening: $20
**Express Skate includes skate rental and allows a visitor to skip to the front of the line to skate. Available for purchase at The Rink or online. When purchasing online, buyers can select and reserve a time to skate. Click here to purchase Express Skate online. Please note that purchasing online is best for visitors who want to reserve a time to skate during our busiest peak skating times. Questions about Express Skate? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For visitors and locals who aren’t interested in paying the premium price tag of skating at Rockefeller Center, this could be the perfect alternative. General admission is free, so if you have your own skates already then you might actually save all your money! Otherwise, only $20 in New York for skate rental AND time on the ice really isn’t a bad price.
Have you experienced Bryant Park at Christmas/Holiday time? Comment and share your experiences below!