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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?
    Top of the Rock open daily 8:00AM to midnight, other attractions 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

GREAT TOUR - A MUST TO DO - EXCELLENT GUIDE

The tour was absolutely GREAT thanks to the interesting loveable kind educated funny amazing guide called ANTONIO RAGONE With his narrative he transformed the tour in an unforgettable experience Thank you

Wonderful tour. Whole family enjoyed it.

We love our Christmas lights so this trip was areal blast for all of us. The stop under the Brooklyn Bridge was a particular hit with our teenagers to get tremendous selfies!!

New York Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/01/2019

So many sites, history and experiences with my granddaughter!

Misunderstood the ad and did not know there would be so much walking. Enjoyed every minute. Joel, our guide was perfect.

New York City Day Tour with One World Observatory Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/04/2018

What a great tour, if Jenn is your tour guide

A must do tour with a tour guide like Jenn ! With her knowledge and humor she made it a relaxed day, although you walked a lot, but time passed by so fast. And you got an absolutely wonderful impression of one of the most fascinating cities in this world. Two thumbs up ! Thanks and if I come back which I will, I'm gonna book this tour again with Jenn as my tour guide.

New York City Full-Day Sightseeing Walking Tour Reviewed by Hans-Georg, 10/29/2018

Great views. Interesting historical background.

The experience was good as a whole. Even though we’d paid in advance we had to queue for timed tickets and then wait for an hour until we could go up.

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