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Winter Village at Bryant Park

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Rockefeller Center is crowded this time of year, as the Christmas tree was lit last week for the 2013 Christmas season in New York City. Many people also go to the world famous ice skating rink. Let’s face it. Anywhere within radius of Times Square is crowded this time of year! It’s always good to have alternatives that are less crowded and still fun.

Located at 42nd Street and 6th Avenue, the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park has shopping and ice skating all in the same spot, but with fewer crowds. One will not be able to race on the ice due to a full amount of people, but it is still a good time for all ages no matter what experience had in ice skating. Nobody will laugh if anyone falls since many people are not so graceful on the ice themselves. Some people cannot peel themselves away from the ice rink as their knees shake as they try their hardest to stay on their feet. For those that want to spend more time on their feet than on their backside, Bryant Park’s skating rink does offer lessons.

Located right outside the ice rink are the holiday shops. These are pop up stalls lined up that sell anything from clothing, Christmas items, and jewelry. People can also buy food and sip on hot chocolate while they watch the ice skaters and listen to Christmas carols on the speakers.

The ice rink is open from November 1, 2013 through March 2, 2014 daily from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m. The holiday shops are open from November 1, 2013 through January 5, 2014 weekdays from 11 a.m. through 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m.

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