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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
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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!

Catch a bird's eye view of Christmas
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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!

Go ice-skating
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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.

Enjoy the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
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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!

Dress warm
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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!

Our insider 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 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.*

What people are saying about Rockefeller Center

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 7,835 reviews

Amazing! Super fast entry but unavoidable queues inside. Definitely recommend grabbing your tickets once you arrive to the city. This will ensure you get the time slot you want for whichever day/time you choose.

Very good, you got to see everything that was on the list. Jen was very chatty and funny. Must do if you don't have much time and want to see a lot.

Amazing value! Easy to use! The best for me was buying it several months ahead of my trip and getting here to have our excursions already paid for.

I had a wonderful time ,weather was perfect views amazing . Well worth pre booking as it saved a lot of time queing .

Easily the best viewing gallery in New York. There are 3 levels and you get an excellent 360 view of all of NYC.