Take a guided bus tour to see the spectacular holiday lights and movie sites in New York City, the most filmed city in the world. Relax as your tour guide, a local actor or actress entertains and informs you throughout this one-of-a-kind NYC sightseeing experience.
See how New York City sparkles during the holidays as you spot iconic landmarks and you’re guided to some of the city’s hidden gems. You’ll visit the locations where your favorite holiday movies were filmed and match them to movie clips you’ll see on screen along the way! Whether you’re visiting New York or looking for a unique holiday experience in your hometown, this sightseeing excursion is sure to spread holiday cheer!
Your NYC holiday sightseeing adventure begins at the Starbucks on 60th and Broadway near Columbus Circle where you will meet your tour guide. From there, we’ll hop on the tour bus and head around Columbus Circle and take a look up Central Park West, home to the annual commencement of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where you’ll reminisce on filming locations from Elf, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and more!
Journey through the Upper West Side to relive holiday scenes from Scrooged and New Year’s Eve as your guide leads you past the famous Lincoln Center.
When: Nov 24 – Jan 2 Daily at 3pm & Saturdays at 3pm & 5:30pm (Check for additional tour times).
Where: Starbucks on 60th and Broadway near Columbus Circle
Cost: Adult: $42, Child: $32
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
Advance purchase required; Tours Normally Sell Out.
Online Discount Available — Book Now and Save.
For a limited time*
Included in your purchase of a ticket to the Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour is a reservation to Macy’s Santaland (Offer is only available for tours purchased M-Th starting Monday, November 27th and ending Thursday, December 21st.) Our Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour will run until January 2nd. Learn more about this offer here.
Pass through Central Park while you enjoy clips from countless holiday classics that were filmed on location in the park, like where Harry and Marv discuss their plans to rob a toy store on Christmas Eve at Wollman Rink in Home Alone 2 and Santa’s collision with Bethesda Fountain in Elf.
Your guide will lead you through the Upper East Side to Serendipity 3, the restaurant where Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) share the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate before making a stop at Bloomingdales to take a peek at the department store’s celebrated holiday window displays.
When you return to the bus, you’ll continue the tour through midtown Manhattan to view more of the city’s most renowned displays of the season that you’ll recognize from Eloise at Christmastime, The Family Man and much more while of course, making your way right through Rockefeller Center for a spectacular view of the most famous Christmas tree in New York seen in Home Alone 2, Noel and Elf.
You’ll continue down Fifth Avenue making a stop to see the windows at Lord & Taylor before ending the tour at the world famous Macy’s in Herald Square, home to the real Santa in Miracle on 34th Street.
Check out when the holiday window displays in New York are going up.
Nov 9: Lord & Taylor Window theme: The Best And The Brightest to a bustling crowd
Nov 13: Tiffany’s
Nov 14: Bergdorf Goodman
Nov 15: Henri Bendel
Nov 16: Macy’s
Nov 16: Barneys
Nov 20: Saks Fifth Avenue
Nov 21: Bloomingdale’s
* Please note, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wed Nov 29, 2017.
* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accomodate your request.