New York City Holiday Lights Tour


New York puts on a special show in the holiday season, with the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and ice rink a particular seasonal highlight. See the Fifth Avenue shops and famous department stores in their holiday finery, as well as Lord and Taylor's world-famous animated windows. The spirit of Christmas truly comes alive during December, so let this tour take you through the city and show you why Christmas in New York is special.

The New York City Holiday Lights Tour gives you a panoramic night tour of the city, and is not a hop-on hop-off service. There are no scheduled stops on this tour.

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  • Min price: $49.00
  • Recommended duration of visit: 1.5 hour
  • Departure Point: Tour departs from 8th Avenue, New York

Departure Times:

  • Good for:
    • Seasonal Offer
    • See the sights illuminated at night
    • Fully narrated tour
  • Operates: Seasonal / Daily
  • Inclusions:
    • Narrated tour in English plus audio guide in 10 different languages
    • Driver/guide
  • Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
    • The tour operates on double-decker buses, subject to availability
    • Infants 2 years and under are free
    • Headsets with pre-recorded tour narration is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese, Korean or Hebrew
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  • 2
    - 27 January 2014 -

    This is really just a night tour of New York, it's a bit do a stretch to call it a Christmas lights tour, didn't really meet my expectations and well, your driving past some of the lights at a distant speed, by the time you crane around to look, you've passed it. The tour presenter was very good mind you and very entertaining, I could have let him show me New York all night, he was very knowledgeable and a credit to his company. W ell worth tipping.

  • 5
    - 18 January 2014 -

    Our tour guide was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We had both adults and kids, some of whom lived in NYC previously, taking this tour, and we all were equally impressed. Bring blankets, as it can get a wee bit cool by the end.

  • 2
    - 13 January 2014 -

    I felt this was very expensive for what you get I was expecting to see more in the way of Christmas trees and lights but most of the tour was sat in traffic it was cold and raining they provide you with a plastic poncho I don't advise doing this tour in the rain as your camera gets wet. The bus goes down 5th avenue so its nice to see the shop windows but other than that you don't see much else you don't see the famous rockefella tree something I thought you would see so the main photogragh you see for this tour is a con as you don't see it. my advise is save your money.

  • 4
    - 08 January 2014 -

    Money well spent. Despite the crowds they somehow managed to get us up close and personal with the big windows and displays - which was impossible to do on foot. Very knowledgeable guide. A great quick intro to New York at Christmas !

  • 1
    - 24 December 2013 -

    Was the worst trip I hav ever done!! The driver was dangerous and the commentator really had no idea what to tell her guests!!

  • 5
    - 22 December 2013 -

    loved the tour and the tour guide. he knew something about everything New York. we never would have seen some of this stuff on our own. Kudos to the driver as well for getting us up and down those narrow streets. Great job all around!

  • 1
    - 21 December 2013 -

    Many issues with is tour. Mixup about pickup point made us nearly miss it. Snow on roof completely obscured view from upper deck windows, some comments by the guide were not family friendly, Bold solicitation for a gratuity by the guide. No pauses at the main lighting sites.

  • 1
    - 21 December 2013 -

    This tour was horrible. Not even half of the price. This is not a holiday lights tour but a general tour which happened to have lights. Don't even think of attending if there's snow, we couldn't see a thing and were encouraged to "bang the snow" off the windows. Terrible. Worst part of our trip

  • 3
    - 19 December 2013 -

    It was quite cold but informative. Tour guide very amusing.

  • 5
    - 18 December 2013 -

    The tour guide was informative and entertaining. The bus was comfortable and the route was comprehensive - it was everything we expected! We simply enjoyed every aspect of the tour.

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Things to Do in this tour

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a large complex consisting of 19 high-rise commercial buildings. Commissioned by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan. It is famous for its annual Christmas tree lighting. The center is designed in the Art Deco style and opened in 1939.

Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the borough of Manhattan. It is considered among the most expensive and best shopping streets in the world. The high status of Fifth Avenue was confirmed in 1862.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center is a large complex consisting of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 m2) between 48th and 51st Streets, facing Fifth Avenue, in New York City. Commissioned by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan. The 14 original Art Deco buildings...

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