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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 6,587 reviews

Worth it if you're committed to doing a lot of things!

We found the pass to be worth it when we added up the costs of what we did and what it would have cost to do them by paying separately. The pdf information the pass provided on the 100 included attractions was most helpful and maybe we could have gotten that from other sources but it worked out well for us to plan our itinerary from the list of things the pass would pay for. Not all of our activities that we did in NY were covered, but that still was OK. You need to calculate how much you think you're going to do on your trip to determine if it's good for you. We did not feel like we were running all over to do things to make it worth it, but we were busy most days all day long.

A fantastic tour of all the best sights with an amazing guide

A brilliant way to see New York if you only have a short time as you get to experience all the major sights with a fantastically friendly and knowledgable guide. The observatory entry is a must see you get the most incredible view of the whole island and beyond. Lynsey our guide was warm, funny and so helpful and gave us the confidence to explore further on our own in the days after her tour.

Interesting and fun; now we know where to spend more time on next trip

Jared was friendly, knowledgeable and very committed to ensuring we got the best tour possible. While relaxed and took in the all the sights with wonder, he took responsibility for setting expectations and keeping us on schedule.

Fantastic value , great way to see all the sights

We bought the pass and I was a bit worried that we wouldn’t get our monies worth but it exceeded expectations. We saw so many sights included was hop on hop off bus and water taxi. Easy to use and good value for money.

Professional, friendly, and highly informative!!

If you are new to NYC and want an overview of key parts of the city, that’s done the right way, this is for you! John and Alberto were excellent. My girls and I enjoyed every minute and learned so much! Great fun!

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