The Rink at Rockefeller Center

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The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Set in the shadow of the giant Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, the city's most iconic ice-skating rink is a quintessential experience for visitors and a longstanding tradition for many locals. Skaters swoop or stumble across the ice while crowds gather at street level to watch the spins and spills. General-admission skating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is best to come early, and on weekdays, to avoid crowds. First Skate tickets ($45–$55, reserved online) allow 7 am access to the rink, followed by a complimentary hot chocolate or coffee and pastry or breakfast . VIP Skate packages ($60–$125) allow guests to skate past the long lines and include skate rental, 90 minutes of ice time, and hot chocolate and cookies. Other packages include Christmas Show and VIP Skate (from $102), which includes orchestra seating for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as well as admission to the rink, skate rental, and refreshments; and Engagement on Ice packages ($350–$1,000), which provide exclusive ice time, a romantic backdrop, and a variety of romantic add-ons to seal the deal. The rink is a café in summer.


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