There are so many exciting areas of New York City to explore during the holidays, full of breath-taking sights, delicious smells, yummy treats, and fun activities. There are Christmas tents all over the city including Columbus Circle, Union Square, and Bryant Park, which are the largest. Bryant Park is one of my favorite stops with the charming ice rink, which is packed during mild weekend nights, the seasonal restaurant, Celsius, and charming shops with ornaments, scented soaps and candles, apple cider and hot chocolate, even some wine and other adult beverages if you will, homemade chocolate with interesting ingredients like lavender, peanut butter and jelly grilled sandwiches that you can substitute with basically any all natural nut butter and jam that you wish, and so much more. Of course the ideal way to spend the evening if staying put at
Bryant Park is starting the evening with dinner at either Celsius or the Bryant Park Grille, followed by ice skating and exploring all of the charming shops. I myself would finish with a delicious hot apple cider as well, which speaking from experience is delicious and perfect for the season to help warm you up both figuratively and literally. Here are some photos of some evenings I’ve enjoyed spending at the park.
The grand Christmas tree decorated in white and blue twinkle lights.
One of the many charming ornaments at one of the shops.
A glimpse at the Bryant Park Grille.A charming walk through the shops.A quiet night at Celsius, the day before the ice rink opened. It is quite a different scence at night now, bustling with tourists and New Yorkers.A perfect view of the ice and the tree (not visible when this was taken), while enjoying a holiday inspired dinner.A quiet ice rink, right before it opened.If you’re in the New York City area, make sure Bryant Park is on your list of places to visit. Happy holidays!