Rockefeller Center Ice Rink Turns 70 on Christmas Day

Happy 70th birthday to the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink.

The rink next to the famous Christmas tree in midtown Manhattan first opened on Dec. 25, 1936, as the premiere artificial outdoor skating pond built in the city. It featured lights for nighttime skating, a heated changing room, piped-in music and a dining area.

Today, the rink is a popular tourist destination with views of the golden Prometheus statue. It will be open seven days a week until April.