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The Rink at Rockefeller Center celebrates 83rd winter season

The Rink at Rockefeller Center, operated by Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group, opened earlier this week for its 83rd season.

Originally designed as a temporary attraction to draw visitors to Rockefeller Center’s outdoor “sunken plaza,” The Rink opened on Christmas Day in 1936, becoming a permanent fixture in 1939. Throughout the succeeding decades, it evolved into one of the city’s most legendary landmarks and one of the top visited sites in Manhattan, hosting more than a quarter of a million skaters annually.

This is the last year to experience exclusive skating and culinary experiences at rink-side restaurants Rock Center Cafe? and The Sea Grill, both of which will close in January 2020 upon the expiration of their lease at Rockefeller Center.

Featuring front row, floor-to-ceiling views of the rink, the final season’s special skating and culinary packages will include The Perfect Start: Breakfast and Skating, Afternoon Tea and Skating, Apre?s Skate, VIP Skating & Dinner and holiday traditions like the popular Breakfast with Santa, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and more.

In addition, The Rink at Rockefeller Center offers exclusive skating-only packages such as VIP Skate, which allows skaters to bypass the lines and enjoy a first-class experience at the VIP igloo, including reserved skating time, complimentary skate rentals, skate concierges and refreshments.

Other skating packages offered include Engagement on Ice, Starlight Skate, First Skate, Season Passes and Cool Workout Classes with JoJo Starbuck.