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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

Tom really knew his NYC history and was an actual historian!

Tom obviously loves New York! What a treat to spend the day with him. His pacing was right on and his easy going, relaxed manner was such fun. He made our day and our first walking tour in NYC.

New York City Full-Day Sightseeing Walking Tour Reviewed by Holly, 04/05/2019

Stefan was great! We really enjoyed the day.

We had my kids and parents with us and all of us enjoyed our tour with Stefan. We would definitely recommend it and Stefan.

5.5-Hour New York City Tour Reviewed by Christina, 04/03/2019

Loved it!!!!! One of the best parts of my trip to NYC!

My friends and I really enjoyed the tour & our guide John. He was very friendly & super informative. He made us laugh and answered any question we threw at him. Above all, his patience with 6 crazy Texas ladies was above & beyond. Selfies & group shots everywhere along with a few tumbles from a couple of the ladies all the while keeping a smile on his face the whole time. He explained the history of the city with all the stops we made thoroughly and we walked away feeling like we knew the city a lot better. I would highly recommend this tour! We felt it was very personalized & the hours flew by. Thank you to John for making this so enjoyable!!!

5.5-Hour New York City Tour Reviewed by Allison, 02/28/2019

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 Anonymous, 01/01/2019

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