Rockefeller Center

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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!

  • See the Christmas tree light up

    1. 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!

  • Catch a bird's eye view of Christmas

    2. 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!

  • Go ice-skating

    3. 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.

  • Enjoy the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

    4. 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!

  • Dress warm

    5. 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!

Planning Your Visit

  • 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 should I visit?
    Open daily, 24 hours
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information
    ** You can book unscheduled tickets, or select tickets for a specific date.*

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What people are saying about Rockefeller Center

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,706 reviews

The New York CityPASS was perfect for a long weekend in the city! We were able to do all 6 things offered with the pass thanks to some impeccable timing of the itinerary I created for us! I just wish the pass would allow more freedom of which 6 sites can be visited.

The offer of the attractions is very varied, redeeming the tickets to enter the museums and centers was practical and fast. The tour guides were very friendly, attentive, and always aware of all the details to fully enjoy the experience.

Debi was an amazing tour guide that loves NY and was full of information about the architecture around Rockefeller Center. Also she loves to slip in little side stories especially about Abby Rockefeller ( his wife )

Rob was awesome, it felt I was touring with family, he was patient and super friendly, it was an awesome experience, without them I couldn’t done and see so much

We actually changed to a tour of Central Park. Victor was a gracious and fantastic guide.