NEW YORK -- The
Big Apple is always a popular destination in the holiday season,
but this year one of the citys newer traditions, the Fetes de Noel
holiday market, becomes a multidimensional event, thanks to the
addition of a public ice-skating rink.
Founded in 2002,
the Fetes de Noel, held in Bryant Park, has operated each of its
first three seasons in the tradition of a medieval Christmas
festival, as a place to shop.
This year, there
also will be ice skating on a 17,000-square-foot rink known as the
Pond at Bryant Park.
Citicorp is providing the rink.
access is free, skates, helmets and lockers can be rented in a
heated, 3,500-square-foot warming tent. Lessons will be offered,
The Pond is the
one of five public ice rinks in Manhattan. The others -- Sky Rink
at Chelsea Piers, Rockefeller Center and Lasker Rink and Wollman
Rink in Central Park -- charge admission.
The Bryant Park
skating season opened Oct. 28 and will conclude Jan. 16.
winter will last much longer, Bryant Park has commitments to host
its fair share of New Yorks winter Fashion Week events, always held
in late January.
located behind the New York Public Library, occupies most of the
city blocks bounded by Fifth and Sixth avenues and 40th to 42nd
The Bryant Park
Grill will operate an adjacent, tented Ice Cafe for as long as the
rink is open.
The Fetes de Noel
launched in 2002 and has grown its list of vendors each season; it
projects up to 150 of them this year.
The market is
open from Nov. 25 to Jan. 1.
According to New
York tourist board NYC & Co., the Bryant Park market is the
citys largest in terms of square footage.
This year, it may
prove to be the largest in terms of vendor count, as
For more on Fetes
de Noel and the Pond at Bryant Park, visit www.fetesdenoel.com.
the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Nadine Godwin
at [email protected].