The Rink at Rockefeller Center announced it will open for the season on Saturday, Nov. 5, and tickets are on sale now! An annual tradition since 1939, legend has it that the Rink was inspired by a Depression-era salesman, who demoed his product by ice-skating on the frozen water of the fountain in Rockefeller Center. The Rink officially opened on Christmas Day in 1936 as a temporary exhibit. But it was so popular that it became a permanent winter addition to the sunken plaza at Rock Center. Along with the Prometheus Statue and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the plaza is one of the most iconic holiday backdrops in the U.S.
Everything You Need to Know About Rockefeller Center Ice-Skating
While there are plenty of options for ice rinks in near Staten Island (including ice-skating in Bryant Park), going ice-skating at Rockefeller Center should be on every New Yorker’s bucket list. Here’s what you need to know about the 2022 ice-skating season:
When is Rockefeller Center ice-skating rink open?
The Rink at Rockefeller Center opens on Saturday, Nov. 5. Check the online calendar for hours. You can also skate under the illuminated Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in December! Because the Rink is open so late, it makes a great winter date night for the parents!
How much does ice-skating at the Rink at Rockefeller Center cost?
Exact ticket prices for Rockefeller ice skating vary depending on the date and time you choose to go. Tickets start at $20 for anyone ages 6 and older, and $11 for children ages 5 and younger.
How long are public skating sessions at the Rock Center rink?
Skaters are guaranteed 40-60 minutes from the entry time on their ticket.
Are there lockers available to rent for my bags and shoes?
Day lockers to use during skating sessions are available for free.
Is the Rockefeller Center ice-skating accessible?
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is ADA-compliant, and guests in wheelchairs are invited to participate on the ice (staff assistance is available if needed).
Where is the Rockefeller Center ice-skating rink located?
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is located at Fifth Avenue, between 49th and 50th streets, in Rockefeller Plaza, right below the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.