Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Guide to Thanksgiving 2015 in Bryant Park

Something else to be thankful for: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is open this Thanksgiving, as in previous years. 

You'll find something for all ages and personalities, from tasty snacks to charming gifts to an Olympic-sized skating rink with a festive soundtrack. There's no place as magical as New York City during the holidays, and at Bryant Park we take that to heart. 

Spider Man floats by on 6th Avenue as busy shoppers cluster in the park.

When you do arrive at the park, be sure to use entrances along 42nd Street, as those along 6th Avenue and 40th Street will be closed during the Thanksgiving parade. A full map of access restrictions is below. Things will return to normal around noon, after the festivities have passed the park.

To avoid parade-related closures, use the entrances along 42nd Street when you visit the park this Thanksgiving.

Some of the Park's food kiosks, restaurants and shops have special hours or offerings on Thanksgiving. We've summarized them below to help you plan your visit.

The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park: 8am-10pm
The city's only free-admission, public ice skating rink is open and frozen, so strap on your skates.

The Holiday Shops: 11am-8pm

Although many Shops do choose to stay open on Thanksgiving, it is ultimately up to the individual vendors to decide. For this reason, certain Holiday Shops may close early or close entirely for the day.

Le Carrousel: 9am-10pm

At just $3 a ride, our carousel is a bargain, and its beautiful hand-painted animals present the perfect photo opportunity for your turkey tots.

Take your little ones for a ride on Le Carrousel this Thanksgiving.
Southwest Porch: 10am-10pm
Grab a hot cider (spiked if you're daring,) order a massive plate of delicious french fries, and catch up with a friend.

Food Kiosks: hours vary by kiosk

Kiosks will open as they can, depending on safety and pedestrian flow. All kiosks will be open at the close of the parade, which should be around noon, so you can count on a warm drink or delicious snack in the afternoon. The Park Shop and Info Kiosk will be open from 10am - 10pm.

Bryant Park Grill: 12pm-9pm

Cooking isn't for everyone. Luckily, the Bryant Park Grill has a special prix fix Thanksgiving menu, which includes the incredible-sounding 'roasted honey-pumpkin soup.' Reservations are available at (212) 840-6500.

Celsius: 12pm-10pm

The view of The Rink from Celsius's second floor can't be beat, and the outdoor heaters and affordable menu guarantee a toasty break from shopping or skating.

Remember to scan your Polar Perks card as you proceed through the park so you can earn rewards just for visiting. We hope to see you on Thanksgiving!

Bank of America Winter Village
Daily, 8am - 10pm
Through March 6

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