5 Best Ice Skating Rinks in NYC For Christmas and all Year Round

Winter is coming, as the famous Stark saying goes, and when winter is upon us what better way there is to celebrate the drop of temperatures than by hitting the ol’ ice skating rink? A classical winter activity that boost up the energies and gives you hour of fun and amusement with friends and family.

New York City is packed with wonderful ice skating rinks, some open to the outer weather and some closed and air-conditioned. All you have to do is choose from one of the best Ice skating rinks in NYC, and ensure yourself a day of sheer fun. So here is a list of a selection of the most recommended ice skating rinks in New York City.

5 Best Ice Skating Rinks in NYC:

Skate at Prospect Park Ice Skating Rink, Lefrak Center at Lakeside

Situated in front of the picturesque views of Prospect Park Lake and its beautiful surroundings, ice skating at the Lefrak Center at Lakeside is a special treat. The rinks are 16,000 sq. ft. of well-designed skating space, one open aired, and one covered. You can also take lessons of ice skating, hockey and curling to perfect your skating abilities at any age.

Season opens at October 25, 2014, 10:00 AM

Lakeside at Prospect Park

Skate at Prospect Park Ice skating rink, Lefrak Center, credit: DBox

Swoosh Away at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

The admission to this rink is free, but extra charge of 15 $ will be taken for renting skates. And extra fees will be taken for helmet rental, bag checks, and locks, so embrace yourself! This is still a worthwhile deal. The 100X170 m rink is situated in the heart of the urban area of the Bank of America, and open and well lit at night it is a spectacular sight. At Christmas expect to find a huge decorated Christmas tree to complete the scene. Blade sharpening services and skating lessons are also available.

Season opens at October 21, 2014

Courtesy, The Pond at Bryant Park

Credit: The Pond at Bryant Park

Gaze upon the Christmas Tree While Spinning away at Rockefeller Center

It is surprising to know that the prominent rink at the Rockefeller Center was not part of the original planning of the area. In 1936, in an effort to attract attention to what was then known as the “Sunken Plaza”, a temporary rink was build. The “temporary” addition became permanent, and one of the most beloved features of the area.

Season opens at October 13, 2014 – Open to the public!


Credit: The Rink Rockefeller Center

 Gracefully Glide at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

You don’t need to wait until winter to glide at Sky Rink, this rink is open all year, and not like many other closed rinks, it has a wonderful open air sensation, much obliged to the extremely high ceilings and large window viewing the Hudson River. This double mega complex is one of the most prominent closed rinks in the USA as well as in NYC, and is open to skaters at all ages and levels. It also offers ice hockey, figure skating and a skating school.

Open all year round

Sky Rink

Sky Rink credit: Chelsea Piers

 Splendidly Swirl at City Ice Pavilion, Long Island City

This arena stretches to NHL size, and covered in a white weatherproof air dome, and it is the only rink in NYC that can carry the high and mighty credit of being a rooftop rink. This is a good place to skate with kids or alone, and also offers a large selection of hockey teams, group activities and skating lessons.

Open all year round

City Ice

Credit: City Ice Pavilion


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