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Rockefeller Center's Top Attractions & History

Rockefeller Center, New York City


From the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to the world's most famous ice skating rink and Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Rockefeller Center's Art Deco complex has become synonymous with holidays in New York City.

Top AttractionsVisiting Rockefeller CenterRockefeller Center Christmas TreeHistory & ArtFun Facts
Rockefeller Center's Top Sightseeing and Tourist Attractions

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, New York CityRockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Enjoy one of New York City's most celebrated events for 80 years - the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Be a part of the historic gala celebrations surrounding the televised annual Rockefeller Center tree lighting, including musical performances by today's hottest artists. Each year the world's most famous tree is lit the week following Thanksgiving. The 81st Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was lit on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, with live and taped performances from 7-9pm. Read details about this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, as well as history of this world famous tree.
 

Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink, New York CityThe Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center
Immortalized in countless films and television shows, ice skating at Rockefeller center is the quintessential New York City holiday activity. The rink is open from mid-October to mid-March, but there's nothing like skating beneath the historic Rockfeller Center Christmas tree in December. More than half a million visitors flock to the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink each year, both to skate and to be spectators.
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Rockefeller Plaza, Rockefeller Center, New York City30 Rockefeller Plaza
The centerpiece of Rockefeller Center is the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (formerly the RCA Building). This slender 70-story building towers over the plaza, rising from a four-foot granite base to a height of 850 feet. The building was designed to have as much natural light as possible and to guarantee that all office space was no more than 27 feet from a window, it was designed with no enclosed spaces above each elevator bank. This gives the facade its dramatic sculptural effect, narrowing and drawing back as it climbs. The granite and marble lobby is lined with murals by Jose Maria Sert.


Lego Store Rockefeller Center, New York City LEGO Store NYC - 620 5th Avenue
See the biggest selection of LEGO sets available, including LEGO Exclusives, hard-to-find products and bricks and elements from the Pick A Brick wall! See lots of LEGO sets built and out of the box, get expert advice and building tips and tricks. The Living Room is an interactive play area positioned in the center of the store designed for hands-on, minds-on play. Our Brand Ribbon runs the circumference of the store, featuring LEGO model displays, company history & fun facts to entertain guests. The LEGO Store also features the Master Builder Bar, where LEGO fans of all ages can view LEGO Club TV videos, play games, learn how to build cool LEGO models, take a trivia quiz and more!
LEGO Store is open Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 11am-7pm.


NBC Studios, Rockefeller Center, New York CityNBC Studios
NBC television maintains studios throughout the complex and no major tenant has been there longer, occupied more space, or become so widely identified with Rockefeller Center than NBC. More than 1500 miles of wires and cables were installed by the original engineers, who were determined to provide the "technological overcapacity" that would eventually enable NBC to move seamlessly from the Radio Era to the Television Age.

Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon are filmed at 30 Rock, but the television show 30 Rock is filmed mostly in Queens! NBC's Today Show is broadcast live from the glass-enclosed studio on 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza on weekdays from 7am to 10am. Get there by 6am for the best viewing. Enjoy live performances by top artists each summer from May through August at the Toyota Concert Series on the Today Show.

Enjoy a 70-minute NBC Studio Tour, where you will learn about NBC's early days in radio. Your NBC Page will tell you about some of the network's early sound effect techniques and NBC's transition into television. The tour also gives you the opportunity to visit some of NBC's most famous studios.
 

 
Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center NYCTop of the Rock Observation Deck
Top of the Rock is an experience in history and scenery that culminates with unparalleled views of New York City from the newly renovated Observation Deck on the 67th-70th  floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Panels of fully transparent safety glass - the only thing between visitors and the city - are crystal clear for perfect open-air viewing. The view itself is unique and astonishing, unobstructed for 360 degrees, and stretching for miles in every direction. It includes a panorama of Central Park and the northern half of Manhattan that can't be found anywhere else. New York's other landmarks are visible as well, including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. It is, quite simply, the most spectacular view in New York City. Among its most popular features is the rocketing ride to the top of the building in a glass-ceiling elevator.
Reserved-time tickets eliminate long lines and ensure that the deck is never overcrowded. And because Top of the Rock's Observation Deck is open 365 days a year, it is the ideal perch to watch the seasons unfold. Or simply to take in an amazing sunset.
Purchase advance tickets to Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

Radio City Music Hall - Rockefeller Center NYCRadio City Music Hall
The world's most famous theater (and, upon its opening in December 1932, the largest as well) was the creation of the impresario Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel. The 6200-seat theater was intended for live shows only, but it soon became the nation's leading movie theater during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Movies that premiered here include King Kong, National Velvet, Breakfast at Tiffany's and To Kill a Mockingbird. The feature films were preceded by stage shows featuring Radio City Music Hall's own orchestra, chorus, ballet company and the Roxyettes (later called the Rockettes).
In the late 1970s, Radio City went back to being a venue for live performances, and touring performers and iconic events were added to the annual eight-week Radio City Christmas Spectacular - a sell-out for more than 70 years straight. The enormous stage, which resembles a sun setting on the horizon, has been home to Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, the Grammy and Tony Awards, and countless other events. More than 300 million people have enjoyed performances at Radio City Music Hall.
Enjoy a Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour - learn the secrets of the great stage, and meet a world famous Radio City Rockette on this one hour guided tour.

 
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