I visited the iconic New York City holiday market with shops and an ice skating rink just steps from Times Square, and the experience was nothing like what I expected
- I visited an iconic New York City holiday market to see if it lived up to the hype.
- The Bank of America Winter Village is at Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, a short walk from Times Square.
- I expected it to be overcrowded with tourists, filled with cheesy souvenir shops, and completely overrated.
- But it was actually a lovely NYC holiday experience and I think everyone should visit.
The market, which opened on October 27 this year, includes more than 170 holiday pop-up shops, an ice skating rink, and a heated lodge with food and a cocktail bar. There are also various eateries mixed in with the boutiques.
To my surprise, the market was actually far from overcrowded. Even when it got busier as the evening wore on, I could always walk freely and I never felt like I was being surrounded by too many people. The atmosphere was calm yet festive, the shops sold artisanal wares from all over the world rather than just cheap tourist souvenirs, and everybody just genuinely seemed to be having a lovely time.
Here's what the market is actually like, and why I suggest any New York City local or visitor should give it a visit.