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The Rink at Rockefeller Center Opens Oct. 7

The Rink at Rockefeller Center Opens Oct. 7

The Rink at Rockefeller Center will soft-open Oct. 7 with a grand opening Oct. 11 featuring Olympic Ice Dance Champions.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center will soft-open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 8:30am with a grand opening Oct. 11 at 9am, featuring a ceremonial first skate hosted by the reigning Olympic Ice Dance Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. After the ceremonial performance, Davis and White will be joined by child skaters of the Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlem. With this opening The Rink at Rockefeller Center will continue its tradition of being the first ice-skating rink to open in New York City each year. The Rink first opened on Dec. 25 in 1936.

With the upcoming Winter Olympics, The Rink will host a series of Team USA athletes who will be getting ready for the 2018 Winter games in PyeongChang. On Nov. 1 the rink will celebrate the 100 Day Countdown to the Olympics with more Olympic athletes and a live performance that will appear on the Today Show. The full list of performers and events will be released in the coming weeks.

The Rink is open to the public from 8:30am to midnight, and will stay open until Easter 2018. Each year more that 250,000 people visit The Rink to ice skate and to take in the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

In addition to the ice-skating, The Rink at Rockefeller Center will offer guests experiences such as Afternoon Tea and Skating, Après Skate, late night Starlight Skate, Engagement on Ice, VIP Skate, and traditions such as the popular Breakfast with Santa and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 

In rink-side restaurant news, Andy Bennett will serve as the new executive chef of The Sea Grill. When dining there, guests can enjoy views of the rink. There are also dine and skate packages available.

All packages can be booked online at therinkatrockcenter.comAdmission to The Rink is available on a first-come, first-served basis, whenever The Rink is open to the public. The Rink at Rockefeller Center is located on 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th streets. For more information, visit or call 212-332-7654.


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