The Rink At Rockefeller Center in New York City

Known as the world's most famous ice skating rink, New York City's Rink at Rockefeller Center® is a classic Big Apple destination.

Ice skating on the Rink at Rockefeller Center at Christmas time is one of New York's iconic winter experiences. From ice skating lessons to special events, the Rink is a tradition that delights New Yorkers and tourists alike.

Located in the middle of Rockefeller Center near Times Square and the Theatre District, skating on the Rink is a can't miss holiday experience.

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Ice Skating at Rockefeller Plaza/petercruise, flickr

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Located at Rockefeller Plaza between 50th and 49th Streets, the renowned Rink's skating surface is 122 feet long and 59 feet wide and can accommodate only 150 skaters at a time.

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Fun Fact: The Rink is just steps away from Rockefeller Center's Top of the Rock, one of Manhattan's most famous landmarks. Top of the Rock offers stunning views of the Empire State Building and Central Park.


History of Rockefeller Ice Rink

In 1936, the Rink or 'skating pond'  as it was first referred to, officially opened on Christmas Day. It was initially planned as a temporary exhibit but was so popular with New Yorkers, it turned into a permanent destination.

With the Prometheus Statue and the legendary Christmas Tree, the Rink has become one of the most famous setting in the world. Some myths around the Rink say that a skate salesman inspired the idea during the Depression when he demonstrated his skating abilities on the frozen pond of the Rockefeller Center, sparking a trend.

The Rink's sunken plaza was the perfect location amid Manhattan's high-end retail shops.

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Pro Tip: Food and beverages are not permitted inside the venue or on the ice, so plan accordingly and fuel up at one of the many restaurant choices in the area.

General Admission to Skate

(Please note prices vary by date and time, so check the website for details.)

  • Adults & Children (age 6+) : $20-$54 per person
  • Tots (under 5): $8.00

Pro Tip: Purchase a ticket online or on-site to access the venue and the ice. Children between 6 to 12 years old must be accompanied on the ice by an adult.

Skate rentals are available for $10. Local skaters can purchase a membership for unlimited skating throughout the season, which usually lasts until April. Peak season is from November 21 through January 1.

Pro Tip: Taking a winter trip in peak season? Order tickets in advance when they go on sale – November 12.


Both skate school and private lessons are available. Skate school costs $50. for 30 minutes of basic skills instruction and includes skate rental and access to public skating following the class.

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Photo Alert: Don't miss a photo with Prometheus, the best-known sculpture in Rockefeller Center and the most photographed sculpture in all of NYC!

daytime view of new york city from top of the rock at rockefeller centerOpen Hours for the Rink at Rockefeller Center

The Rink is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to midnight. Check the website for special holiday hours.


To access the Rink, use the Rockefeller Center parking garage located on the north side of 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. The Rink is a short walking distance from the garage.


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