The Rink at Rockefeller Center guide

Ice skating on The Rink at Rockefeller Center is an iconic New York tradition, so here's everything you need to know

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Before you sip your first pumpkin beer or latte of the season, The Rink at Rockefeller Center will already be open and ready for skaters. That’s right—ice skating is not only one of the best Christmas things to do, but it’s one of the best things to do in fall! Every year, The Rink at Rockefeller Center ushers in the holiday season by opening up to the public in early October. Once peak season hits, there’s going to be a bit of a wait to get on the slick stuff. Use our handy guide to navigate your way through one of the best New York attractions.

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Where is The Rink at Rockefeller Center?
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is located at Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets.

When does The Rink at Rockefeller Center open for the season?
This year, The Rink at Rockefeller Center has a soft opening on Monday, October 8. The Rink at Rockefeller Center's Grand Opening Ceremony begins at 9am and includes a first-skate performance by folks from the Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlem. 

What are the hours for The Rink at Rockefeller Center?
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is open daily from 8:30am until midnight.

When does The Rink at Rockefeller Center close for the season?
The Rink at Rockefeller Center will remain open through Easter Sunday on April 21. 

How do I get to The Rink at Rockefeller Center?
Take the B,D,F or M train to 47–50 Sts Rockefeller Center.

When is the best time to go to The Rink at Rockefeller Center?
Once peak season hits (from November 21 through January 1), there’s going to be a long-ass line to get on the ice. So it's best to take advantage in October.

How much do I have to pay to skate at The Rink at Rockefeller Center?
Adults $25, Children $15, skate rental $12 (yes, you can bring your own skates). During the holidays, the price is raised to $28. During peak season, the price to skate is $33. General admission to skate is first-come, first-serve and tickets can be purchased at The Rink's Skate House. The Rink's 2018 schedule, including pricing can be found here.

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Wait, is The Rink at Rockefeller Center actually opening this Saturday? You bet it is. By the time you pick out the perfect costume at a Halloween Store in NYC, a wave of festive decorations and holiday cheer will have already spread throughout New York, like a bad cold. RECOMMEDNED: Full guide to Christmas in New York It all begins with The Rink at Rockefeller Center opening on October 8, and then The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park opening shortly after on October 29. The Rink is open daily from 8:30am to midnight, but our advice? Start practicing your axels ASAP. Once we hit holiday and peak season, you’ll be shelling out $27 or $32 just to skate (versus $25 for general admission). Oh, and skate rentals cost an extra $12. You can check out the full schedule and pricing for The Rink at Rockefeller Center here. And if you’re searching for cheaper options, you can always check out our recommendations for the best places to go ice-skating in NYC. If you thought the best NYC events in October were all about Halloween, think again. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  

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Yes, you read that right. Before you sip your first pumpkin beer or latte of the season, the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center will already be open and ready for skaters. The Rink returns for its 81st year officially on Saturday, October 7, according to Rockefeller Center’s website. Judging by the summer­–like weather we’re currently experiencing in New York, you’ll be hitting the slick stuff while donning shorts and a T-shirt. Nonetheless, October is the best month to practice your axels. Once peak season hits (from November 7 through January 6), there’s going to be a long-ass line to get on the ice. So locals, take advantage.   

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This is all moving so fast. Official holidays harbinger The Winter Village at Bryant Park announced last week that they'll be re-opening on October 30 with a 17,000-square-foot ice skating rink, 129 local and pop-up holiday shops and the seasonal restaurant, Celsius. Now comes news that another NYC holiday staple, the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center, will be here even sooner than that. It's still 70 degrees out, people! The most famous skating rink in New York will open to the public this Saturday, October 10 and you can see this season's full schedule below. If you can handle it. h/t Daily News