Skating season ended just yesterday at Bryant Park, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to share our top five highlights of 2009 at The Pond.
1. Modelquins on Ice
This year, The Pond landed a starring role in an Old Navy commercial alongside the famous Supermodelquins in their Alpine Hoodies. Filmed just one day before The Pond opened to the public, the commercial appeared on television sets all over the country throughout the holiday season.
2. Grand Opening Celebration
The fifth season of free ice skating at Bryant Park began on a beautiful day in November with live music performances and routines by Stars on Ice and synchronized skating champions, The Haydenettes. For the first time, The Holiday Shops opened to eager crowds on the same day as the rink.
3. Let There Be Light
An annual tradition at the beginning of December, the park’s Tree Lighting Ceremony featured ice performances from Olympic skater, Elene Gedevanishvili, and synchronized team, The Lexettes. The public skated to live music and counted down as the tree was lit for the holiday season.
4. Toys for Tots
For the team’s 16th annual Holiday Toy Drive, the New York Rangers returned to Bryant Park. Rangers, including Christopher Higgins, Michal Rozsival, and Ryan Callahan, signed autographs in exchange for toys donated to the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Team alums Adam Graves, Brian Mullen, and Ron Duguay also visited The Pond to skate with fans.
5. Elves Take Over
In early December, 607 men, women, and children donned costumes and congregated at The Pond to help ABC Family successfully break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Santa’s Elves. It was quite a sight to see!
What were your favorite moments this year at The Pond?