The holidays at Bryant Park

Posted on 05. Dec, 2009 by in Arts and Culture, General, Rebecca Leung, Urban

Last night was the Bryant Park Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and the Bryant Park Corporation spared no expenses for the festivities.

The fun started around 7 p.m. when an announcer explained the schedule for the night, which featured ice skating and singing before actually lighting the 30,000 lights on the 50 ft. Christmas tree.

The performances included ice skating by Olympic skater Elene Gedevanishvili and the synchronized skating team The Lexettes, as well as live performances by talent such as Brent Barrett, the star of “Chicago” on Broadway, The Alvaro Benavides Project with Rolando De Los Reyes, a Latin jazz band, and singers Eduardo Villa, Peter Burroughs and Suzanne Kantorski who serenaded the crowd with Christmas music.

There was a big turnout for the event, as well as a lot of people who were browsing the holiday shops set up around the park. Security was on hand to make sure that the pathways were clear and that the crowds could move swiftly. The Christmas tree was set up next to the ice skating pond where the performances took place.

The Pond at Bryant Park, “a winter wonderland in the heart of Manhattan,” as it is officially described, is set up every winter. It includes a skating rink and a modern restaurant/bar, Celcius.

The Holiday Shops are also set up alongside The Pond in Bryant Park. They are very similar to the ones in Union Square and are a great place to go stroll around, grab a snack and enjoy the Christmas spirit. They consist of over 125 artisanal shops such as “Helen’s Gem Colletion,” “Karma Krafting” and “No Chewing Allowed!” (Click here for a complete list of all the vendors)

If you did not get a chance to come out for the festivities you can check out the video below to get a feeling for the night:

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