The Center Magazine
Back to Stories

Free Skate

Jan 17 2018

While the holidays are an ultra-popular time for skating at Rockefeller Center, the New Year offers a fresh start on the ice. With fewer crowds, you have more space for some glorious gliding to your heart's content (and, ok, the occasional stumble too). The Rink is open through April 18, 2018, so there's still a full season ahead to work on those triple axels—a ton of inspiration coming your way with the Winter Olympics, starting February 5.

General admission to the Rink is on a first come, first serve basis, but you can also make VIP reservations and book skating packages for a full Rockefeller Center outing. See some of the options below:

Afternoon Tea and Skating: Sit down to the kid-friendly afternoon tea menu (offering mini sandwiches and desserts, along with tea, coffee or hot chocolate) at 3:30pm, then hit the ice at 4:30pm.

Après Skate: After an evening skate session, have a cocktail, beer or glass of wine at Rock Center Cafe, along with a choice of appetizers (such as artichoke dip, crispy fried rock shrimp or ham and Swiss croquetas) from the winter lounge menu. A happy-hour deal like no other.

Skating and Dinner: A 4:30pm or 6:30pm skate session is followed by a three-course dinner at Rock Center Cafe (with a children's menu for those nine and under). The Sea Grill also teams up with the Rink (with a 6:30pm skate session and 8pm dinner) through February 24.

Additional ways to skate include a season pass, JoJo Starbuck's workout series on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and the 10:30pm Starlight Skate. Also learn more about taking a skating lesson from a pro. And for a little history, check out the New York on Ice: Skating in the City exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, running through April 15. As you can imagine, the Rock Center Rink plays a big part in the story.

Share this Story:
Back to all Stories



What to Do In New York City in October 2022

From pondering public art to taking in the fall foliage, there are endless opportunities to have fun in New York City this October. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.

Sep 19 2022

Arts & Culture

Arghavan Khosravi Explores Scale, History, and the Idea of Contradiction Through Her Art

Her installation opens up a visual conversation between the Persian miniature paintings that inform her work and Rockefeller Center’s quintessential mid-century Art Deco architecture.

Sep 7 2022

The Center Newsletter

Receive important seasonal news and updates, learn about store openings, and get special offers.

Learn More

How was your view from Top of the Rock? Share your experience!

Sign up for our newsletter
Subscribe Now
Follow Us
Download the free Audio Tour
Stay Connected
Stay connected with free Wi-Fi at Rockefeller Center.
@Rock Center Free Wi-Fi
Only Here
Top of the Rock
Plan Your VisitMap & DirectionsNews & UpdatesContact UsGift ShopFAQsAccessibility StatementExecutive Team
© Rockefeller Center 2020 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED