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5 tips for a Christmas visit to the Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center is Manhattan in an Art Deco nutshell, whether it's shopping, fine dining, or entertainment that you're after. "The Rock" is at its festive best around Christmas, however, so here are a few tips to make the most of your yuletide visit!

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See the Christmas tree light up

The initial turning on of the lights is part of a huge ceremony that takes place on the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving. Arrive very early if you want a decent view!

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Catch a bird's eye view of Christmas

Of course, more of New York is lit up for Christmas than just the Rockefeller Center. Find one of the festive city's best panoramas from the Top of the Rock observation deck!

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Go ice-skating

With only 150 skaters at a time, the Rink at the Rockefeller is more intimate than its spectacular urban backdrop might suggest! It's open annually from October to April.

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Enjoy the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Take a guided tour of the renowned 30s music hall and then, if you liked that, top it off with a bombastic cabaret show led by their resident dance troupe, The Rockettes!

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Dress warm

The Rockefeller spectacles involve a lot of standing around! Even if you think you've got the temperatures sussed, bring an extra layer just in case!

Rockefeller Center: Our Tips

What are the opening times?

Rockefeller Center attraction opening hours differ slightly. Although the Top of the Rock observation deck is open daily from 8:00AM to midnight (last elevator to the top departs at 11:00PM), many of the others operate at regular office hours or adapt to accommodate events. It's worth checking each attraction's individual website for further details.

How to get there?

To reach the Rockefeller Center, take the B, D, F, or M train to the 47-50th Street Rockefeller Center stop.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Top of the Rock open daily 8:00AM to midnight, other attractions vary.
  • What is the price?
    Top of the Rock adult tickets are $30, tour tickets are $20, or get a combo ticket for $42!
  • Will I need a guide?
    You can book a tour direct with Rockefeller Center, or there are some great tours which include a general visit!
  • How to get there
    Take the B, D, F, or M train to the 47-50th Street Rockefeller Center stop.
  • Additional tips
    ** You can book unscheduled tickets, or select tickets for a specific date.*

What People Are Saying About Rockefeller Center

Its worth the price to purchase the vip ticket to avoid huge line.

I absolutely recommend to all my friends who are willing to visit empire state & the rest of the tour.

you must buy the express pass if you wish to visit. it is essential

Absolutely amazing. I would just stress that one must buy express if one wants to visit. To put in persepctive: with express did whole tour and got amazing views in 50 mins. People with normal pass were quing fot 6 hours plus. Express allows you to completely skip cues in private lane saving so much essential time. Beyond this the experience and views are incredible.

New York City: Empire State Building Express Pass Reviewed by Ruairidh, 12/28/2016

Great way to see NYC during the holidays!

Wonderful & extremely knowledgeable guide. Got to see lots of great places from all of our favorite holiday movies!

New York Holiday Lights and Movie Sites Bus Tour Reviewed by David, 12/19/2016

It exceeded expectations and was a highlight of our weekend visit.

Our guide, Stan O'Connor, was excellent. Great tour, especially if you have a limited amount of time ti spend in the city.

New York: Holiday Lights Walking Tour Reviewed by jill, 12/18/2016

Excellent swift journey up to 80th floor great views

Get to building early to avoid queuing and once up enjoy the whole panoramic views on offer.

Empire State Building Ticket Reviewed by Bill, 12/15/2016

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