About New York City Holiday Lights Tour – On Board Sightseeing Tours
The towering Rockefeller Christmas tree. The colorful Lord & Taylor window displays. The horse carriages winding through a Central Park draped in snow. New York City celebrates the holidays with big-city flair – as does the OnBoard New York City Holiday Lights Tour.
On Board’s popular night tour – the New York See the Lights Tour – converts into the On Board New York City Holiday Lights Tour from November 30 to January 5. The guided bus tour, combined with short walks, sets off from New York City’s most famous light show, Times Square. Along the way, you’ll witness the holiday spirit, New York-style – which means big, bold and flashy. Peer into the lavishly decorated holiday windows of New York City’s most famous stores, including FAO Schwarz, Lord & Taylor and others along glowing Fifth Avenue.
Plus, play out a scene from the classic film Miracle at 34th Street at Macy’s, the world’s largest department store. Macy’s – and Herald Square – go all out for the holidays, with plenty of tinsel, lights and jingle bells. The tour also takes a twirl through Columbus Circle, where you can see the horse carriages, the Time Warner Center and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, home to the city’s best-known stages, from the Metropolitan Opera to the New York City Ballet. And, coast through Central Park, which takes on a fairytale sheen during the holidays, especially with a light dusting of snow.
New York City Holiday LightsTour also visits the magnificent Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park, which was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe on Paris; and City Hall Park, presided over by gas lamps. Zip across the Manhattan Bridge, which affords lovely views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge. It’s a New York truism that the best views of Manhattan are off the island. You’ll agree when you gaze out at the New York City skyline from Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn.
The tour also passes through the Bryant Park Holiday Market and the stately Beaux-Arts Grand Central Terminal. And, of course, you’ll see New York City’s true holiday highlight: the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The magnificent tree, which generally towers from 75 to 90 feet, is decorated with more than five miles of lights. It’s generally too crowded to disembark in the area, but you’ll still get the full effect – and the guides suggest that you return at a later time if you’d like to view it for longer. And, a bonus: At tour’s end, each participant is given a complimentary pass to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, where you can gaze out at New York City in all its holiday glory.
Approximately three hours and 30 minutes.
Did you know?
Lord & Taylor was one of the first major department stores in the U.S. to feature Christmas window displays.
The OnBoard New York City Holiday Lights Tour is ideal for a wide variety of visitors, from families to solo travelers, and especially those who are in the holiday spirit. The tour is also popular with visitors who are in New York for a short visit, because it offers an overview of the key streets – sparkling with lights – and the iconic sights in under four hours.
Good for kids?
From the blinking holiday window displays to the looming Rockefeller Christmas Tree, the OnBoard New York City Holiday Lights Tour appeals to kids of all ages. Plus, the tour combines comfortable shuttle transport with short, manageable walks, so kids can easily keep up.
OnBoard New York City Holiday Lights Tour Location Information:
7th Ave and 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
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53rd Street, between 7th Avenue and Broadway
The tour will end at this same location.
C, E to 50th St. (Eighth Ave.); 1 to 50th St. (Seventh Ave)
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Complimentary bottled water is offered throughout the tour. Also, the tour stops at the Fulton Ferry Landing, in Brooklyn, where you can enjoy all-natural ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice-Cream Factory.