Ice Skating Season Returns in Manhattan

As the holiday season kicks off in New York City, some of the Manhattan’s most popular ice skating rinks have already opened. One rink, however, will remain closed this winter.

Battery Park City on Ice, which debuted last winter on the ball fields at Warren and West Streets, will not operate because The Battery Park City Authority was unable to find a new vendor to run the outdoor rink.

Still, tourists and New Yorkers alike are finding their way to their favorite rinks.

Popular ice skating destinations in Manhattan include:

  • Citi Pond at Bryant Park
  • Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink
  • Wollman Rink in Central Park
  • Chelsea Piers Sky Rink
  • Lasker Pool and Rink
  • The Polar Rink in Theodore Roosevelt Park at The Museum of Natural History
  • South Street Seaport Ice Skating Rink


Citi Pond at Bryant Park, formerly known as The Pond at Bryant Park, opened on Oct. 29 for its sixth consecutive year.

In addition to free-admission skating, Citi Pond offers unique shops, food vendors and a brand new restaurant and lounge. The annual tree lighting celebration will take place on Dec. 2 with special ice skating and musical performances.

Click below to see what Citi Pond at Bryant Park, just one of New York City’s outdoor ice skating rinks, has in store this year.

At the center of Bryant Park's holiday epicenter is its most famous attraction: a 17,000 square foot rink that can accomodate 500 people.

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