Every winter in New York City, sleigh bells ring in Central Park, the city’s landmarks and shops sparkle with festive lights, and the city’s outdoor ice-skating rinks open for the season. See below for best ways and spots to get out on the NYC ice.
- Though ice-skating in New York is extra special over the holidays, some outdoor rinks are open all winter so you can skate from October to April.
- New York City also has are a number of indoor rinks for year-round ice-skating.
- Those wishing to branch out from Manhattan’s top two rinks can also ice-skate at the Winter Village in Bryant Park, the Standard Ice Rink in the Meatpacking District, and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center — open October to April
New York’s most famous ice-skating rink is at Rockefeller Center. While skating here may be pricier and more crowded than elsewhere, skating beneath the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree is a quintessential NYC experience. With only 150 skaters allowed on the ice at a time, for 90 minutes at a time, tickets regularly sell out. Be sure and book in advance, or opt for a Viator VIP experience for priority rink entry, special chalet access, and the option to add a meal.
Wollman Rink — open October to April
Ice-skating in Central Park is a long-standing, beloved tradition for New Yorkers and visitors alike. For a quieter experience than at Rockefeller Center, prebook tickets for the Wollman skating rink—less than a five-minute walk from the park’s south entrance at West 59th Street and Sixth Avenue. As you skate against the spectacular backdrop of the NYC skyline, you might recognize scenes from the numerous Hollywood movies that have been filmed here, including Serendipity, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and Stepmom.