One of the most famous building complexes in the heart of Manhattan, with a fantastic view of Central Park, is the Rockefeller Center . There is a lot to see and do here, especially at Christmas.
Interesting facts about the building complex:
The Rockefeller Center is located in Midtown, the most central district of Manhattan and includes a total of 21 high-rise buildings. The complex was completed between 1931 and 1940. The tallest and most famous of the buildings is the Comcast Building at 259 meters and 70 floors, which houses the well-known observation platform "Top of the Rock" and the legendary concert hall "Radio City Hall". located.
The official address of Rockefeller Center is 1 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan, NY 10020. The address of the Comcast Building is 30 Rockefeller Plaza. In total, the building complex stretches from 49th to 51st Street between 5th and 7th Avenues, it is not far from our travel center.
Christmas Tree Lighting
On November 30, 2016 , the Rockefeller Center 's large Christmas tree will be lit for the first time this year. This will take place with a big celebration with live performances from 7 to 9 p.m. As every year, which artists appear is a surprise. If you don't want to miss the first lighting of the Christmas tree this year, we recommend that you plan enough time and be there about 1.5 hours before it starts . It gets pretty crowded. Otherwise, you can look at the Christmas tree at any time until January 7, 2017.
Rockette's Christmas Spectacular
This is a Christmas show that takes place at Radio City Hall. Over 90 minutes, over 140 dancers will enchant you and put you in the pure Christmas spirit. A unique New York style stage set, glittering costumes and lots of Christmas carols get the audience off their feet every year.
In addition to Santa Claus and his elves, the stars of the show are the female dance group “The Rockettes”. You have the opportunity to watch this show until January 3rd, 2016 in the famous theater, Radio City Music Hall.
The ice skating rink
If you want to go to the famous ice skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza, you have to order tickets beforehand. There are many different offers. You can find these here .
However, it's also worth just stopping by and capturing some of the Christmas spirit. The ice surface looks particularly pretty in the evening when everything is beautifully lit.
The “Top of the Rocks” supervisory platform
A visit to the Comcast Building and the famous Top of the Rock observation deck is possible from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. daily, year-round, with the last elevator to the top departing at 11:00 p.m. It's best to visit the Top of the Rock during the day or at sunset, as this building gives you the best view of Central Park. When it gets dark, you can no longer see anything here because the park is not particularly spectacularly lit. However, you also have a great view of the Empire State Building, which looks even more impressive in the dark. Admission is $34 for adults and $28 for children. If you are staying in New York for several days and want to see other sights, we recommend the New York City Pass. In addition to entry to the Top of the Rock, you also have entry to the Empire State Building and many other sights all in one price. With theCity Pass you don't have to wait in line for tickets, it counts as an entry ticket.
The magical Rainbow Room
If you are looking for a very special place to perhaps surprise your loved one and want to crown your New York stay with something very special, you can reserve a table in the Rainbow Room. The circular hall is characterized by an incredible view of the entire city. The restaurant is also located in the Comcast Building, just a few floors below the Top of the Rock observation deck. Since the menus there are very expensive, an alternative would be to simply enjoy the great atmosphere of the exclusive Rainbow Room with a fine glass of champagne or a delicious cocktail. You can find more information about this breathtaking restaurant above the rooftops of New York here .