In a New York Skate of Mind

If you’re interested in lacing up the skates and rocking around the rink, here are some options for you to pond-er…

The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center, arguably the world’s most famous rink, offers a gorgeous backdrop courtesy of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, but the line is really long and ice time may seem cramped.

That’s why there are others:

The Pond at Bryant Park, Manhattan’s first and only free admission ice skating rink, but don’t be fooled. Skate rentals set you back $13.

Central Park is home to two rinks: Wollman and Lasker. Lasker Rink is the more affordable of the two, but nothing beats the view and feeling you get skating at Wollman Rink. It does get crowded on the weekends, so try to make it during an off-peak time.

Open year-round, Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers is an indoor option for those who hate the cold. Check out their Holiday on the Hudson on December 17 featuring performances by champion figure skaters, the Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team, and more!

Seaport Ice, located at the South Street Seaport, is a hop skip and a jump away. It may not be the most beautifully crafted rink in NYC, but the views are pretty amazing.

The White Plains Recreation and Parks hosts the Holiday Ice Show at Ebersole Ice Rink on December 18. The session costs $1, and there will be performances by students from the figure skating program as well as appearances by Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman.

Santa’s pretty busy this season and will be lacing up his skates again on December 19 for Skate with Santa at Playland Ice Casino. Head to the Ice Casino for Friday Party Night, Saturday Night Grooves, and Sunday Family Skating Day.

Brewster Ice Arena has not one, not two, but three ice skating rinks where you can take to the ice for public sessions, Friday night DJ Skate, hockey lessons, and more! For a list of some more ice skating rinks in the Hudson Valley, click here.

More interested in snow than ice? Westchester Magazine gives you a Sledders Shangri-Las. If you want to go dashing through the snow on a cafeteria tray, here are some sled-friendly NYC Parks.