6 Ice-Skating Rinks That Scratch the Holiday Nostalgia Itch
Ready to unleash your inner Mirai Nagasu? Grab a date or your crew and book it to one of these six rinks for an afternoon of spins, jumps and twirls…or at the very least, some seasonal fodder for your Instagram Stories.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Skating on this iconic rink below the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has to be one ofthe most quintessential New York holiday experiences. That also means plenty of crowds, so bypass the tourists and opt for the VIP igloo (from $60). Along with a reserved rink time and included skate rental, you can sip hot chocolate and nibble on freshly baked cookies. Plus, a skate concierge will help you with any questions about taking the ice.
Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th sts.; therinkatrockcenter.com. Open through April.
The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
The city’s only free-admission rink, this centerpiece to Bryant Park’s holiday market offers some of the best skating in town. Shop for Christmas gifts from local artisans, then hit the 17,000 square feet of ice and glide around beside the New York Public Library and the lights of midtown. After you hang up your skates, swing by the Lodge to warm up with a drink (like a glass of bubbly at the Champagne Bollinger bar) and bites from local vendors.
42nd Street and Sixth Avenue; bryantpark.org. Open through March 3, 2019.
LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park
It’s like the Winter Olympics in Prospect Park’s southeast corner this time of year: You’ll find curling, hockey and, of course, ice-skating, on the Lakeside rink. Keep your eyes out for special events, too, like the upcoming fourth-annual Winter Ice Spectacular on December 16, when pro figure skaters will perform to holiday music.
Prospect Park, near the Lincoln Road and Parkside/Ocean Avenue entrances, Brooklyn; lakesidebrooklyn.com
Skating comes with a side of skyline views at this Jersey City rink. It’s a very neighborhoody crowd, and you’ll likely see many a date night and family outing while lacing up. The rink also offers private lessons and party packages, meaning your holiday shindig just might move from the bar to the ice for this year’s celebration.
95 River Dr. South, Jersey City; newportskates.com. Open through March.
Located on the northern half of Central Park near the Harlem Meer, Lasker Rink offers public skating and classes, and serves as the home ice for the local youth hockey team, the Hawks. Don your blades and glide along the ice as you take in views of the park’s rolling hills, snow-accented trees and flickers of the Upper East Side. It’s a quieter spot, full of New Yorkers and their families, and the rink offers complimentary sleds for those with disabilities, allowing everyone to get a piece of the ice.
110 Lenox Ave.; centralparknyc.org
You might recognize this rink from its cameos in Serendipity, Home Alone 2 and When Harry Met Sally. Set against the backdrop of Fifth Avenue and the Plaza Hotel, Wollman Rink is the city’s largest, with more than 30,000 square feet of ice. It’s steps into Central Park, meaning it’s popular with both locals and out-of-towners (read: always busy).
830 Fifth Ave.; centralparknyc.org