Rockefeller Center is great for a lot of reasons. It's completely free to view the tree and all the decorations in the middle of the center. They are extravagant! Of course, the tree at night is spectacular (and way bigger than I ever imagined), but the surrounding elements which include white wicker angels with horns and wicker stars lit with luminescent Christmas lights in the flower beds and huge wooden drummer boys (and girls) are equally wonderful. It is truly a winter wonderland. My favorite part of the decor were the flags that surround the ice rink. It was a windy day, so they were full of vigor and appeared to be dancing to music that no one could hear.
We were going to go ice skating, but the line went around the block, and the estimated wait time was two hours. I would think your best bet would be to arrive early near opening in order to avoid a long wait time.
We wandered inside the Rock to the Swarovski shop where they were displaying the world's largest Swarovski crystal as well as a bicycle covered in crystal embellishments.
We also found ourselves in the middle of a publicity gig for an ABC Family movie, so we had our first (and only) celebrity sightings while in New York- Marlee Matlin and .
If you get the opportunity to see the Rockefeller Center during the holiday season, I would recommend you not miss this iconic piece of NYC culture!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.