When the weather gets frosty and the holidays draw near, there are two things New Yorkers add to their to-do lists: seeing the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and ice skating!
There are so many options for skating in the city across all five boroughs. So, we’ve rounded up the top 8 ice rinks in NYC so you can easily choose which works best for you.
Of course this truly is the best time to sail along the ice and pretend you’re part of your own holiday movie special.
Oh, and we have the perfect accompanying activity: sipping one of the best hot chocolates in NYC!
1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Midtown
November 21, 2020–January 17, 2021: From the gold and silver flags lining the square to the world’s most beautiful Christmas tree (okay, in our humble opinion) in the center, the Rink at Rockefeller Center is arguably the most iconic ice skating rink in NYC. It’s worth the chilly temperatures to get this once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience. General admission skating tickets will be available to purchase in advance on their website.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 12 midnight, with a half-hour break every hour and a half to clean the ice
Price: $25-35 (certain early and late sessions are discounted), $13 skate rental
2. Bank of America’s Winter Village, Bryant Park
October 31, 2020–March 7, 2021: If you’re going the budget-friendly route, Winter Village in Bryant Park is New York City’s only ice skating rink with free admission. Plus, you must reserve your entry time which means no more waiting in long lines when you get there.
Also, don’t forget to pick up gifts at the open-air holiday market!
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. & Friday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: Free admission, $21-36 skate rental (depending on the day)
3. Vale Rink at The William Vale, Williamsburg]
November 25, 2020–early 2021 (subject to change): Feel like skating across the skyline? More information for the reopening of this rooftop ice rink is sure to come later this season with the promise of socially distanced, private tiny houses as well!
Hours: Coming soon
4. Wollman Ice Rink, Central Park
November 2020–early April 2021: Central Park’s Wollman Ice Rink looks like the inside of a gorgeous snowglobe, with views of The Plaza Hotel and the charming Gapstow Bridge in the background. It’s also within walking distance of high-end stores like Bergdorf Goodman, which have some of the most festive holiday window displays.
Hours: Various hours, see website here.
Price: $12 on weekdays, $19 on weekends for admission, plus $10 for skate rentals. Cash only.
5. The Rink at Brookfield Place, Tribeca
November 2020–March 2021: Skate with the best at The Rink at Brookfield Place, run by U.S. Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. And, if you want to get the festive experience but not actually skate yourself, they have a “Red Hot Holidays” performance with different figure skaters and acrobats!
Hours: Various, see website
Price: $15 admission, $5 skate rental
6. Lafrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park
Late November 2020–March 2021 (subject to change): The Lafrak Center in Prospect Park boasts two outdoor ice skating rinks, with one being covered and one being uncovered. Enjoy picturesque views of the stunning Prospect Park Lake and an easy commute from other parts of Brooklyn!
Price: $7.50 admission weekdays, $11 weekends & holidays, $8 for rentals (based on previous years)
7. Lasker Rink, Central Park
November 20, 2020–March 21, 2021: Central Park’s other ice rink isn’t quite as known as Wollman, but also isn’t nearly as crowded. Lasker Rink is up in the northern section of the Park, next to the North Meadow. It’s also one of the most affordable options.
Hours: Various, see website
Price: $9 admission, $8 for skate rentals (cash only)
8. WWII Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink, Staten Island
Opening November 21, 2020: If you live in New York’s outermost borough and don’t want to make the trek into Manhattan, have no fear, you have a public skating rink right in your own backyard! The WWII Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink is run by the NYC Parks Department, and is located within Clove Lakes Park on the north shore of Staten Island.
Price: $10 admission, $5 rental
9. Staten Island Skating Pavilion, Staten Island
Year-round: No need to wait around until the holidays for ice skating fun at this ice rink! Open year round, the Staten Island Skating Pavilion is bringing back public skating hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Price: $12-$14 admission, $7 skate rental
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