New York City is my favorite city at Christmastime. The big department stores deck out their windows, gigantic Christmas trees are lit up, multiple ice skating rinks are set up across the city, and there is so much shopping to do. An NYC holiday tour is a great way to get to the major sights.
On Location Tours in New York City offers a Holiday Lights and Movie Sites tour during the holiday season which is a fantastic way to navigate the best Christmas displays and see sights from your favorite Christmas movies.
Our tour started in Columbus Circle on the Upper West Side right next to Central Park. Central Park is the backdrop for many movie scenes including Christmas movies like Scrooged, Home Alone 2, and Elf. Elf is my favorite Christmas movie of all-time. I even saw the musical on Christmas Day in NYC a few years ago!
The On Location Tours bus took us around the to see the major light and window displays in NYC as well as movie scene locales. There were movie clips on the bus with the NYC sights and Christmas movie trivia to keep everyone engaged. The bus driver was surprisingly able to “park” near the window displays from major New York City department stores.
At Barneys New York there was an ice sculptor carving for passer-byers . Unfortunately he went on break just as we were walking up to the window.
But the ice castles in the next window that were amazing. The photographs don’t to these ice sculptures justice.
My favorite windows were at Bloomingdale’s. A YouTube video to get the full effects:
The ambiance on the sidewalk outside of Lord & Taylor was my other favorite. The window were fun but the lights surrounding all the windows were the best!
On Location Holiday Lights and Movie tour was the perfect way to see Christmastime in NYC on a cold, December day. There is still time if you are in NYC to jump on one of their tours. The tours lasts about 2 1/2 hours and is well worth your time.
BC in action capturing the holiday spirit:
Plan to visit New York City around Christmas- it truly is magical place during the holiday season! And if you are looking for an NYC holiday tour- check out On Location Tours.
Stayed tuned for more fun sights and food from NYC!
Disclosure: On Location Tours gave me a complimentary tour but all opinions are my own. It really was a good one!
Reader question: Have you ever been to NYC during the Holidays? What fun activities have you done? Ice skating, shows, shopping?