"We didn't know about this. It's so much fun. We went to the Parade and then walked down here and found this," said Juan Sanchez, 35, who came into Manhattan from the Bronx with his girlfriend Maria Gonzalez, 28.
"It's so romantic to be ice skating on Thanksgiving Day," Gonzalez added.
With many retailers and schools closed Bryant Park was also a location for people to take their children.
"I love Thanksgiving! I'm spending the holiday with my grandchildren, enjoying the sun and dancing with strangers in the winter sun," said Alice Cobbs, 29.