The Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink is located in the heart of Rockefeller Center. Skaters glide and twirl alongside the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the bronze-gilded statue of Prometheus.
The 30 Rock building towers high (very high) above. Even if you choose not to skate, standing above the rink and watching the action below is great entertainment.
Set below the rest of Rockefeller Center on the Lower Plaza, the rink is surrounded by Christmas decorations. Christmas music plays loudly and the whole scene is very festive. It's hard to beat the holiday ambiance!
The skating rink is limited to 150 skaters at one time and since many people want to go ice skating in Rockefeller Center, you many have to wait in a long line. And there's no hiding from an embarrassing fall. The rink is surrounded at all times by crowds of spectators!
Editors' Note: Is It Worth It?
It's true that this rink is more effort and expense than a lot of other Christmas activities. But it's hard to beat the fun atmosphere and the neat perspective of Rockefeller Center. Each group of skaters has an hour and a half on the rink which is plenty of time to take it all in.
We've been once and we recommend it to others for the unique experience. Even with a long line and high prices, we consider this memorable event worthwhile.
For complete pricing information, see the skating rink's Holiday Brochure.
Essential New York City Guide Tip
Visiting NYC outside of the peak Christmas season (Thanksgiving through early January)? This is a great time for ice skating at Rockefeller Center because you can avoid the heaviest crowds and longest lines.
The one downside: no Christmas tree and fewer decorations. But there's still plenty to see!
The skating rink is located in the middle of Rockefeller Center near Fifth Avenue, between 49th and 50th Streets.
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