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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!

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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!

Photo: Dimitry B.@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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!

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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.

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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!

Photo: Javier Gutierrez Acedo@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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!

Rockefeller Center: Our 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 to visit
    Top of the Rock open daily 8:00AM to midnight, other attractions vary.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    ** You can book unscheduled tickets, or select tickets for a specific date.*

What People Are Saying About Rockefeller Center

Fun and informative, time and money well spent

Great 5 hour highlight of NY. Jeff was fun and knowledgeable - and his recommendations for places to eat were great!
New York See It All Full-Day Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/23/2016

Too early to start the tour. Weather was very cold 43°

Start time was too early. Didn't have time for coffee or breakfast, then guide was 30 minutes late. It was a walking tour, however guide had leg in cast from knee down. Wasn't given but 1 bathroom break, or anytime to get water or coffee. Couldn't hear her. Had no microphone like other guides. Felt rused. Though tour was at nbc, but was only there for a short time.

The bus tours were great-guides fun and helpful.

Busses were good, but some of the headphones/audio didn't work. Guides fun and informative.
New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Nancy, 10/06/2016

Great guide full of information and interesting facts.

Best way to see the big apple. Traffic is crazy in the city so walking is better with use of the subway.
New York City Tour by Public Transit with Private Guide Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/23/2016

Marc is a real professional and no second boring;-)

Marc took us to a lot of famous locations, always taking smart photos Time was running quickly and we enjoyed this smart New Yorker The best you can do arriving in NY

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