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Photograph: Filip WolakIce Rink at Rockefeller Center

The ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center opens in less than three weeks

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Jennifer Picht

For the first time in weeks, today’s temperature feels as if cozy sweater season isn’t too far away. In fact, it’s not! The first day of fall in New York is this Saturday, September 22. And here’s another seasonal fact that's going to make you either really, really happy or totally horrified: Before you have a chance to sip your first pumpkin beer or PSL latte of the year, the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center will already be open and ready for winter. Knock, knock: Christmas is here, and it demands to be seen before you even figure out what you want to be for Halloween. 

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Yep, that’s right. In less than three weeks, the iconic rink ushers in a new season of skaters on Monday, October 8. Performers from the Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlem will christen the slick stuff at 9am before patrons are welcome to glide. Fun fact: The attraction, which first opened on Christmas Day in 1936, was meant to be temporary, but it has stood the test of time to become one of the most coveted things to do in New York, especially during the holidays. 

The Rink is open every day from 8:30am until Midnight through Easter Sunday. Frankly, October through mid-November is the best and cheapest time to have your moment with the bronze gilded statue of the Greek legend Prometheus. A ticket costs you only $25 to skate versus $33, which is peak holiday price. One thing's for sure, whether the weather is frigid or balmy, nothing stands in the way of New Yorkers and their time on the ice.

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