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Enchanted by the Winter Village at Bryant Park!

bryant park winter village

I know almost all my recent posts are revolving around the festive theme but I can’t seem to hold myself back with everything happening around! 

It has been an unusually warm winter here… no sign of snow like I mentioned the other day. So I am taking full advantage of the situation. I mean I’m someone who gets cold even if the temperature drops just a little bit… arghh! (How I envy those joggers who go running in shorts when the sidewalk is filled with mountains of snow! I can’t even manage to walk properly without slipping 😀 )

So coming back to my post – Bringing some more holiday spirit to Midtown Manhattan is the ‘Winter Village’ at Bryant Park, New York City! This is one of my favorite places which transforms magically over the winter.

bryant park ice skating

The Ice Skating Rink is the central attraction and a beautiful Christmas Tree serves as a perfect backdrop for your holiday photos! Ice skating is free for everyone and they also offer skating classes.

There are close to 125 pop up shops/ kiosks in the Winter Village ranging from jewelry, gifts to even local food. It’s like a true shopper’s little paradise 😉 Here is a little sneak peek –

bryant park

 

After strolling through the park and clicking a bunch of pics, I was a little hungry. So we decided to have mac & cheese at this kiosk called ‘Super Mac + Cheese.’ I was expecting it be awesome but it was just okay although the bread crumbs topping was delicious!

Near the fountain terrace area, I saw this shop called ‘Chimney Cake – The Rolling Pretzel.’ I was kind of drawn to it… they have both sweet as well as savory options. We decided to go for the Cinnamon Sugar flavor with a chocolate filling. I had never tried Chimney Cake before (apparently it is a traditional Hungarian pastry.) It is hollow and kind of tasted like churros but way softer and the chocolate filling had a hint of minty flavor (which was not too over-powering) It was reallyyyy good and as I’m typing this, I feel like having it again!

chimney cake, NYC

The winter village is held every year at Bryant Park which goes on until the 1st week of January, and it is sure to create magical memories for everyone. Did I say it’s one of my favorite places to visit during the Holiday season?! I think I already did 😀

winter village Bryant park

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Until next time, have a lovely week ahead!

XOXO

Smiling Notes

 

50 Comments

  • Lynz Real Cooking

    December 15, 2015

    Wow what cool pictures! those cakes look huge! Are they easy to eat?

    • Smiling Notes

      December 15, 2015

      Hahhaa they were indeed huge. They were selling half and full size. And while eating the chocolate filling was getting all over the fingers..definitely needed a couple of paper napkins ??

      • Lynz Real Cooking

        December 15, 2015

        wow that is something! I love the tree! What fun! you have such an amazing view for us!

        • Smiling Notes

          December 15, 2015

          Glad you appreciate it Lynn! Really makes me happy!

  • Rachel Ann

    December 16, 2015

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to see NYC this spring! 🙂 I have a couple good friends in the city. Happy Holidays! 😀

    • Smiling Notes

      December 16, 2015

      Thank you! Hope you have an amazing trip! Happy holidays to you as well ?

  • anroworld

    December 16, 2015

    Perfect Christmas place, I liked it very much. Atmosphere is great there. I also like rolling pretzels, I tasted them in Hungary and it was really good! Yammi…

    • Smiling Notes

      December 16, 2015

      Yes I tasted it for the first time and really loved it! ??

  • Erika Kind

    December 16, 2015

    Wow, this is just amazing!

    • Smiling Notes

      December 16, 2015

      Thanks Erika you are always so kind! ?

      • Erika Kind

        December 16, 2015

        Just can’t help it ? When I find something I like or which inspires me I want people to know. ?

  • ibeautytalk

    December 16, 2015

    Now I REALLY want to visit nyc!! What a fun place it looks like!

    • Smiling Notes

      December 16, 2015

      Hehe you should definitely visit! ?

  • Sadie's Nest

    December 16, 2015

    Love the pictures, especially the ice skating with the tree in the background. So nostalgic! I’ve never seen chimney cakes, how fun! And of course what’s not to love about testing out new mac & cheese?!

    • Smiling Notes

      December 16, 2015

      Thank you so much Sadie! I tasted chimney cakes for the first time too.. And loved them ?

  • mopana

    December 16, 2015

    Youhooo… I love these moments of the year. Trees, cakes, lot of fun. This Chimney Cake is in fact Kürtőskalács, which is a spit cake specific to Hungarian-speaking regions in Romania. See more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCrt%C5%91skal%C3%A1cs

    • Smiling Notes

      December 16, 2015

      Thanks you for sharing that link!! I always love to know more about traditional food from different regions of the world! ?

      • mopana

        December 16, 2015

        I shared it because I love to eat Kurtos Kalacs and I saw you liked it, too. And also because is about my country, Romania 🙂

        • Smiling Notes

          December 16, 2015

          Thank you dearie.. Really appreciate it ?

  • Linda

    December 16, 2015

    Great photos! Bryant Park is my favorite park in the City! 🙂

  • Lifestylebites3

    December 16, 2015

    Winter wonderland is the one of the best part of christmas.

  • Love Served Daily

    December 16, 2015

    What beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing

  • Freda @ Aromatic essence

    December 16, 2015

    Such a lovely experience! Great share 🙂

  • apuginthekitchen

    December 16, 2015

    Love Bryant Park and doesn’t it look so festive. Wish the temps were a little more Christmas like, will see people skating in shorts if this warm weather persists.

    • Smiling Notes

      December 16, 2015

      It’s indeed lovely.. And I totally agree that we might just see people in shorts skating this year! ? hahaa

  • gwyncurbygodwin

    December 16, 2015

    I love your posts so please don’t stop. I feel I am visiting your great city through you. God bless.

    • Smiling Notes

      December 16, 2015

      Thank you so much for such kind words of encouragement !!

  • Lala Rukh

    December 16, 2015

    You have a true artistic skill of photography. Loving your photos, they tell a story.

    • Smiling Notes

      December 16, 2015

      That is such a sweet compliment.. Thank you.. It really means a lot! ?

  • Opinionated Man

    December 17, 2015

    I of course see that park on the TV all the time. I’ve always wanted to visit New York. Maybe one day!

    • Smiling Notes

      December 17, 2015

      You should definitely visit!! ?

  • amaya911

    December 17, 2015

    Wow! What beautiful photos! I always love your photos! I’m going to reblog!

    • Smiling Notes

      December 17, 2015

      Thank you so much for your kind words dear!! It really made me happy! ?

      • amaya911

        December 17, 2015

        Your blog is great!

  • amaya911

    December 17, 2015

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  • Jen

    December 17, 2015

    I’m glad you shared this with us! Every time I drive by Bryant Park I always say to myself, where did these awesome little kiosks come from?! I haven’t been ice skating in Bryant pro in years, so i dont know if maybe I just don’t remember the kiosks before or if they are new. All I know is when I’m sitting at the light, I’m wishing to be strolling around the lil shops, enjoying the beautifully warm weather :).

    • Smiling Notes

      December 17, 2015

      Glad you liked my post! It is one of my favorite places.. Next time when you get a chance, maybe you should stop and visit the park.. I’m sure you will love it ?

      • Jen

        December 17, 2015

        I definitely need to just go stroll around the city for a bit. Typically I drive in and out of NJ/NY but I need a day of just roaming. I haven’t done that in a while :).

  • Andcakestoo

    December 17, 2015

    These look amazing. I wish we had fetes like this here. It’s unreasonably warm still.
    Found you at #What’sCookingWednesdays.
    Cheers!

    • Smiling Notes

      December 17, 2015

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog! It’s been a pretty warm winter here as well ?

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  • Claremary P. Sweeney

    December 28, 2015

    I experienced Bryant Park for the first time this December but did not have a camera with me. Your photos brought back the lovely memories. Thanks ( PS Lynn sent me)

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