New York City’s world-famous ice rink enters its 76th year with the First Skate of the Year featuring Broadway’s CHAPLIN star and Rock Center Chefs
It’s one of the most anticipated events of the year in New York City – The Rink at Rockefeller Center is now open for the 2012-2013 winter season. The First Skate of the Year featured Broadway’s CHAPLIN Star Rob McClure performing antics with Chef Yuhi Fujinaga of The Sea Grill and Chef Antonio Prontelli of Rock Center Cafe. New this year is the launch of VIP Express Skating all day, allowing guests to bypass the line and enjoy hot cocoa and a personal skate concierge.
“The Rink at Rockefeller Center is a beloved fall and wintertime pastime in New York City, and now we are excited to launch advance reservations which allow guests to skip the lines,” says Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, which operates The Rink and its surrounding restaurants. “Our guests love skating but not the lines, so we added a skate concierge and reservations this year for faster access to the ice.”
The Rink offers several festive programs, and guests can make reservations by calling 212.332.7654, or visiting www.TheRinkAtRockCenter.com. Activities include:
- VIP Express Skating: From November 16, 2012 through January 7, 2013, guests bypass the line and enjoy admission, skate rental, hot cocoa, and skate concierge for $95
- First Skate: Guests will be able to make reservations at 7am, beginning November 9, 2012 through January 7, 2013
- Breakfast with Santa: From late November through Christmas Eve, families can join St. Nick at Rock Center Cafe and Sea Grill, then head to the ice for a skate session
- Engagement on Ice: Available throughout the season, this program offers couples private ice time for their proposal, rinkside Champagne toast and optional dinner package