Viator Vip: Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Experience And Top Of The Rock Observation Deck
Among quintessential holiday experiences is ice-skating at the world-famous Rockefeller Center. What could make it even more special? This VIP package allows you to revel in an iconic New York tradition with priority ice-skating entry, a heated indoor chalet and admission to Top of the Rock. The VIP chalet has all the bells and whistles: complimentary hot chocolates, freshly baked cookies, and a troupe of concierges ready to give tips for the ice as they help you put on your skates. Once you’re done at the rink, head to the Top of the Rock for unparalleled views of the decorated city below you. Splurge on yourself and loved ones with this memorable holiday treat.
If you close your eyes and think of New York during the holidays, chances are you see a twinkling tree, a golden statue and an ice rink filled with happy revelers. This festive city scene at Rockefeller Center has been popular since 1936, when the ice rink opened to the public. Only 150 people are allowed on the ice at a time, making for a chilly wait if you have general admission. With this VIP package, limited to only a select number of guests, you get to cozy up in a private chalet next to the rink, warming your belly with hot chocolate and Cucina & Co. cookies as you wait for your turn. It’s a luxurious experience that one could imagine would have even impressed John D. Rockefeller.
Arrive at the ice rink at 8:30am and head inside the heated VIP chalet. The area is draped in garlands and festive lights to give it a welcoming feel. Kids can play on the carpeted floors as adults mingle. When it’s your turn to hit the ice, a concierge can help you and your group put on your ice skates. First timers can take advantage of a short lesson on how to turn, twirl and stop.
On the ice, soak up the holiday spirit as people swirl around you. Stop along the railing to admire the bronze-gilded Prometheus and fountain, as well as the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree standing some 100 feet (30 meters) tall.
If you need a break, hop on and off the ice to warm up in the chalet like a true VIP. Once you finish ice-skating, take advantage of your admission to the Top of the Rock. An elevator lifts you to the 70th story for amazing city views, both inside (if you want to stay warm and cozy) and out, with three viewing decks if you choose to brave the elements. Marvel at the winter cityscape below as you finish creating your new favorite holiday memory.