The tradition that never stops smiling.
Ice skating under the Christmas Tree on The Rink at Rockefeller Center is one of New York’s quintessential winter activities. It’s a tradition that has never failed to delight. The Rink is a gathering place for everyone, and you’re always invited to join in on the fun. The Rink is now closed for the season.
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Legend has it that the idea for The Rink was inspired by a Depression-era skate salesman who demonstrated his product by skating on the frozen water of the Rockefeller Center fountain. However the idea came about, The Rink was the perfect fit for the sunken plaza, which was struggling to attract shoppers as the entrance to the high-end retailers in the underground concourse. The Rink, or “skating pond” as it was first known, officially opened on Christmas Day 1936. Originally planned as a temporary exhibit, The Rink was so popular it became a permanent addition, with the Prometheus Statue and the Christmas Tree providing one of the most familiar backdrops in the world.
When does The Rink open and close for the season?
The Rink opens on November 21 and the skating season runs through January 17, 2021, weather permitting. For any updates and information on The Rink season, including public events, join our newsletter, The Center.
How do I gain admission to The Rink?
You must purchase a ticket either online or on-site at our Box Office for access to the venue and the ice. Online advanced ticket purchasing is strongly encouraged, as capacity is restricted.
Please note that skating times are limited to 50-minutes from your scheduled arrival time. Early arrivals and latecomers cannot be accommodated.
What is your children’s skating policy?
Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied on the ice by an adult. Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult.
Is the Rink wheelchair accessible?
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is an ADA-compliant facility. Wheelchair users are welcome to participate on the ice and staff assistance is available if needed. Elevator access is located inside 610 Fifth Avenue. The entrance to The Rink is located just west of 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Street, down the stairs into the sunken plaza. Accessible entry is located through the lobby of 610 5th Avenue and down the elevator to the concourse level.
Can I bring my pet to The Rink?
Only trained and licensed service or guide animals are permitted at The Rink at Rockefeller Center.
Is there parking at The Rink?
For access to 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.
Are there any weather considerations?
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is an outdoor venue, so please dress accordingly. The Rink may close during inclement weather.
What if I’m running late?
Skate time is 50 minutes from the arrival time on your ticket. Because of reduced capacity and carefully managed traffic flow in and out of the rink, late entry may not be permitted.
Are refunds permitted?
Tickets are non-refundable, but the date and time of your skate can be changed should there be availability. Please call us at 212-771-7200 and we will try our best to accommodate you.