LOCATION: Rockefeller Center. New York City, NY
This is part of my NYC Christmas Trip series. This is the end of the series.
When I think about Christmas in NYC, ice skating in Rockefeller Center ALWAYS comes to mind. I guess the iconic Prometheus statue with the tree in the background always gets me. I arrived, and was not disappointed; the place was magical. There was a long line that promised about a 45 minute wait and this was on a Monday at 7pm! The line is usually 3+ hours on a weekend, so I’m glad we planned this trip right. Eventually, we made it through the line and to the warming tent to get our skates. We would be on the ice in no time.
After getting laced up, away we went. I have skated numerous times before, but it takes me a minute to get confident with my ability. The rink was hard to skate on anyways because of all the groves and divots in the ice. Troy did a couple laps around before I even made one loop. Of course I claimed that I was just taking in the scenery though. There were pretty Christmas lights everywhere and the gold Prometheus statue seemed to glow in the night sky. I was overjoyed that I was skating here, and with Troy. I’m not a big fan of the Christmas season with all the greed and crowds, but being on the ice with the seasonal decorations made me forget all that nonsense for the hour I was out there.
* Thank you Troy for accompanying me on this adventure, being the biggest supporter in what I do and always being there to take the pictures for me.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Not for the cost. But, it is fun to say I did it once.
HOW TO DO THIS: The skating rink is located in Rockefeller Center on 5th Avenue between 49th & 50th St. To skate for 90 minutes, it is $20. Rentals are $7. Go during the week to have minimal lines. Weekend lines during the holiday season can be about 3 hours.