11:00 am–8:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)
* Shop over 100 boutique-style booths offering a wide array of handmade gifts. Favorites include soft sweet clothes and knit hats Luckypalmtree Organic, fun puppets Silly Puppets, wooden dinosaurs toys Boneyard Pets, NYC-inspired clothes & books at Kip Kids of New York and wire art at One Million Roses. And so much more.
* Try all sorts of international food, including macarons, frites, empanadas and hot chocolate from five different chocolatiers.
* Watch skaters – or skate yourself on the city’s only free rink ($20/skate rentals, free lockers available, $10/lock or bing you own). Penguin and snowmen skate aids available for wee learners ($22/hour).
* Warm up in the rinkside Lodge by Urbanspace featuring dozen of NYC restaurants including Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery, Pierogi Boys, Good Stock, Todaro Bros, Chimney Cakes by Stackery, a S’Mores Bar by Squish a beer garden.
* Enjoy a selection of games, chess, and art supplies at the second floor Overlook.
* Check out the dazzling 50-foot Norway Spruce.
* Take a climate controlled break in the majestic New York Public Library, which has a beautiful tree, a vintage holiday card display, Lego lions and the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh. Even the lions Patience and Fortitude out front are decked out.
* Meet Santa outdoors from 1-3 pm through Dec 23.
Eats & Treats: Through March, watch ice skaters from this cozy covered food court The Lodge with a dozen new and classic NYC restaurants including Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery, Pierogi Boys, Good Stock, Todaro Bros, over-the-top Chimney Cakes by Stackery, a S’Mores Bar by Squish, an outdoor beer garden and more. All year long, choose from bureks and chocolate Babka from Bread Bakery, salad and mint lemonade from Le Pain Quotidien and wafels and ice cream from Wafel and Dinges (or all of the above) at the Bryant Park food kiosks.