(NEW YORK, NY) — If you’ve been out and about in New York City this past week, we don’t need to tell you that the cold is upon us. Heavy jackets and scarves have made their way from our cozy closets to the brisk Manhattan streets.
The winter months in the city are nothing short of spectacular. With Bryant Park’s winter wonderland, Macy’s spectacular holiday decor, and Fifth Avenue’s glorious lights, a celebration is called for on nearly every corner!
Whatever your favorite activity may be, nothing says “let it snow” quite like an evening of ice-skating and a marshmallow-topped hot chocolate. This year, New York City’s holiday festivities come with an abundance of ice-skating rinks with extraordinary views.
This picture-perfect rink is the best way to get an authentic New York City view. Located in the southern part of Central Park, this rink has appeared in some of Hollywood’s most noteworthy movies such as Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Home Alone 2. Wollman Rink is so beautiful you’ll have to pinch yourself, not to be woken up, but to remind yourself to stop looking at the view and start skating!
The rink opened October 22 and holds an entrance fee of $6 and upward (cash only).
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Get lost in this winter wonderland and lace up your skates at one of Manhattan’s most iconic ice-skating rinks. Surrounded by holiday shops and restaurants, this rink opened on October 28 and is free! However, you’ll still have to pay $20 to rent skates, or if you’re a seasoned skater, you can bring your own.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Soak up the views of Midtown at this beloved landmark. This rink is perfect for those looking to skate without a big crowd. Only 150 people are allowed on the rink at once which means bumping into the person in front of you is unlikely. However, only 150 skaters at a time means the line will be long. Go online and make a reservation to be amongst the first skaters of the day.
LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park Brooklyn
Looking to add some Brooklyn to your winter wonderland experience? There is nothing like Prospect Park during the winter season.
This massive arena is perfect for ice-skating, figure skating, hockey, and more. You can’t beat the stunning foliage of Prospect Park and the warm winter feeling it instills in all its visitors. For those looking for a Brooklyn getaway, look no further.
The Rink at Brookfield Place
This spot, formally known as the World Finance Center, will give skaters the perfect touch of winter in Lower Manhattan. This rink spans 7,350 square feet and is open to skaters of all skill levels, so don’t be shy! You can skate for just $15 plus a $5 rental fee. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your cohorts of choice and lace up your skates. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!