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Spending the Holidays at Rockefeller Center

The core of New York’s holiday festivities is Rockefeller Center. All you have to do is walk around Rockefeller Plaza to confirm it. Royalton New York is a short walk away. If you’re visiting around this time, set time aside to explore the best of Rockefeller Center. 

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Each year, the city awaits the arrival of the iconic Rockefeller Center Tree. This year, the Norway spruce came from the Village of Florida in Orange County, NY. It arrived on site on November 9. A crew has been working on decorating it with the glittering Swarovski star and 50,000 holiday lights on five miles of wire! The 2019 tree will be lit for the first time on December 4, 2019 during a tree lighting ceremony from from 7–10pm. If you want to see it for yourself, arrive a few hours ahead of time as viewing spots are first-come, first-served. 

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Once the tree is up and ready to illuminate Rockefeller Plaza, strap on your ice skates and spend an afternoon gliding across The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Best Ways to Avoid Crowds at The Rink

As the most beautiful rink in the city, this attraction draws insane crowds. Don’t let it dampen your holiday spirit, though! There are many ways you can ensure your experience will be hassle free. Start by booking VIP Skate Reservations to use the exclusive entrance to the VIP Igloo and bypass the General Admission lines. 

If you want a special experience, book a First Skate Package to be on the rink at 7am or the Starlight Skate Package to be the on the ice until the stroke of midnight. 

Eat and Drink at The Rink 

Whether you skate as a VIP, first thing in the morning or late at night, the Rock Center Café has many packages from which to choose. Cozy up with a mug of hot cocoa, have afternoon tea or a filling lunch. 

Of all the months to visit New York, the holiday months offer the most unique celebrations. Starting with Thanksgiving and the Macy’s parade, followed by tree lighting ceremonies, Midtown is THE place to be. Our decorations go up on November 28, 2019. Book your room with us to begin living the holiday season in NYC.