Welcome to a new article in our Blog dedicated to the CHRISTMAS SEASON IN NEW YORK.
As soon as winter approaches, ice skating rinks appear in various parts of New York.
Maybe it’s because of the magic conveyed by many movies or because of the cheerful and festive spirit of the people skating, but when you pass by one of the skating rinks in New York, you really want to take a ride!
So if you are on vacation during the winter period or better yet will spend Christmas in New York, don’t worry if you are not a professional skater or have never even tried in your life! Have fun spending an original hour skating on the ice!
The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center in NYC is undoubtedly the most historic and famous. Skating here, perhaps right under the huge Christmas tree, is a dream.
Skating here, perhaps right under the huge Christmas tree, is a dream.
If you’ve seen the movie Home Alone 2, it’s right in front of this rink that Kevin and his Mom are reunited at the end of the movie. Read our article dedicated to the MOST FAMOUS LOCATIONS OF THE MOVIE HOME ALONE 2.
It only holds 150 skaters at a time, so avoid weekends or busy times. Skating here is mostly tourists, if you want something more “New York” choose another rink.
Prices vary depending on the day and time. If you definitely want to skate here and want to spend as little as possible, take a look at the availability in the morning.
If you are planning to Ice Skate here or to visit the Rockefeller Center Area during the Holiday Season, we suggest you to read also the following 2 articles from our blog:
ROCKEFELLER CENTER HOLIDAY TREE – 2022 GUIDE
SAKS 5TH AVENUE LIGHTS SHOW – KEY INFO
Below is the most important information about the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink.
Website: Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink
Where: Rockefeller Plaza, on 5th Ave between 49th and 50th Streets – Metro B, D, F, station 47-50th Street
Opening: November 6, 2021
Hours: 9AM – Late Night
Price: Adults and children 6 and under: $20 to $54 (price varies by day and hour) – Children 5 and under: $8 to $22.
Skate rental: 10$.
Bryant Park takes on a very special appearance during the winter season, especially around Christmas time. There is a free ice skating rink (the only one in Midtown Manhattan) and all around the “Winter Village”: a real treat! The park is located a few steps from Times Square, along 42nd Street, behind the Public Library. We highly recommend you to go there, even if you don’t skate, take a walk in the Winter Village!
Website: Bryant Park Rink
Where: 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue – subway lines B, D, F, station 42nd Street/Bryant Park
Open: October 29, 2021 through March 6, 2022
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8am-10pm
Friday-Sunday (and holidays): 8am-11:30pm
Skate rental: varies from $15 to $45 based on days and peak hours
This ice skating rink in NYC is one of the most classic ones, filmed in so many movies.
Have you seen the movie Serendipity? This is where the 2 main characters skate in the final scenes of the movie. Read our article on the MOST FAMOUS LOCATIONS OF THE MOVIE SERENDIPITY.
The Wollman Rink is one of the most sophisticated ice rinks in the world, in addition to being one of the largest in New York (almost 3000 square meters). Precisely because of its size, it is the least crowded, with short waiting times. Here you will see the most passionate New Yorkers perform real stunts.
Please note that at Wollman Rink there is a $5 ticket for spectators. There is also a skating school for private lessons.
Website: Wollman Rink Central Park
Where: Central Park with recommended entrance from 59th Street/6th Avenue
Subway lines A, B, C, D, 1, 59th St.-Columbus Circle station or lines N, Q, R, 5th Ave/59th St. station or line F to 57th Street.
Opening: November 14, 2021
Hours: Monday/Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday/Thursday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday/Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Price: adults 12$ from monday to tuesday – 19$ from friday to sunday + holidays – children up to 11 years old 6$ every day
Skate rental: 10$