Rockefeller Center

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You’ll find plenty of iconic New York sites in this multiblock complex: The ground level alone is home to the tourist-packed ice-skating rink, the bronze Atlas statue and the Today show plaza. Higher up, Top of the Rock rivals the Empire State Building in panoramic city views. You may not be able to access the five private rooftop gardens, but you can still peek at the spaces from Saks Fifth Avenue’s eighth-floor shoe department if you’re curious. Special credentials are not required, however, to inspect the Art Deco murals that appear in several buildings. Don’t miss the triptych above the outdoor entrance to 5 Rockefeller Center or the rinkside Prometheus statue; both purportedly contain secret Freemason symbols.

Venue name: Rockefeller Center
Address: 48th to 51st Sts
New York

Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr
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Dan Q. Dao

Rock Center is downright magical during the holidays, but there's good food and great shopping year-round. Add it to your New York bucket list. 


If you're looking for holiday magic over Christmas the Rockerfeller Center is just that. The tree is all sorts of impressive set against the ice rink, and with any luck, snow. I'd recommend dropping into Bouchon Bakery just opposite for a brownie and hot chocolate to top it all off. Or, if you're feeling a little more spirited, head up to Bar SixtyFive on the 65th floor of the Rock for amazing views and just as good cocktails. 

Bryan R

What can i say about Rockefeller Center that this picture doesn't already express!

Christy S

Many good memories of visiting NYC and skating at the rink or just people watching in the plaza.  Top of the Rock is there and is really cool, plus the absolute best place to get photos of the city. Stunning! 

Wei S

Pretty legit. I mean, this place is quintessentially New York. Pose in front of the ice rink/Christmas tree and that picture is guaranteed to be framed on your grandparent's wall. 

Allie E

The tree lighting here at Christmastime is one of the happiest events of the holiday season—I’ve taken friends and family. If you don’t want to battle the crowds, head to Rockefeller Center a few days later to soak things in up close. It’s still just as cool!

Joel M

Such an iconic building. Love skating here in winter (by skating I mean sliding around on my butt) and the Rink Bar in summer is pretty good too. 

Carla S

There is no place more New York than this, period. The biggest, baddest tree around will make even the wintriest grump smile. Absolutely not to be missed. 

Christopher O

A trip to Rockefeller Center is a MUST during the Holiday Season!! Yes, it's crowded but the Christmas Tree is truly spectacular, not to mention a great place to take pictures. My girlfriend and I make sure to come every year, take pictures and get into the Christmas spirit.