Date: November-December, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm
On this guided and narrated tour, you'll hear stories about the rich history, tradition and pageantry of some of the finest New York holiday displays, as well as the multicultural festive flavor and atmosphere that fills the City from Thanksgiving to Three King's Day.
The tour takes place in a climate controlled luxury motor coach, with frequent stops to get out and view the displays up close. Along the way, you will see sights like Central Park's Holiday Markets, The multicolored snowflakes of Columbus Circle, The tree at Lincoln Center, The World's Largest Snowflake, Park Avenue's "Boulevard of Lights," The Waldorf Astoria, Madison Avenue's displays, The world's largest Menorah, The Plaza Hotel, FAO Schwarz, 5th Avenue displays, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Plus, the window displays of: Bloomingdales, Barney's, Saks 5th Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor (walking tour), and of course, Macy's ... plus so much more.
Tours depart from the 53rd St. side entrance of the Sheraton New York Hotel, off 7th Avenue
More information about the New York City Holiday Lights Motorcoach Sightseeing Tour
A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour
Date: Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in December from 7-10:30pm
This 3 1/2 hour
holiday tour highlights the festive homes of Dyker Heights, the
Italian-American section of Brooklyn made famous in the PBS documentary
"Dyker Lights" and seen on TLC's "Crazy Christmas Lights." You'll also visit the festive homes in the Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst sections of Brooklyn.
multimedia presentation on the bus includes classic Christmas music from
throughout the decades as well vintage Christmas variety specials like
Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and more on the screens of our
bus on the ride back to Manhattan.
Tour Highlights include Lucy Spata's house, the woman who started the tradition back in the 1980's!; the Polizzotto home featuring the largest Santa in the neighborhood at 15 feet tall!; millions of lights with some of them synchronized to music like Robert DeLauro's house!; Sam the Greek's house, one of the largest in Brooklyn that's best described as Christmas meets Las Vegas!; and many, many more!
Tour departs from 4th Avenue between 13th and 14th Street, just off Union Square
Date: Sundays in December, 10am-5pm
MTA New York City Transit and the New
York Transit Museum are putting extra magic on the tracks with the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s annual holiday tradition of
rides to the past via its vintage fleet of buses and subway trains – and
the chance for transit fans to buy museum merchandise at a special
station pop-up shop.
The New York Transit Museum typically
displays these vehicles during special events at the museum or around
the city, but are offering these holiday nostalgia rides to the public
for a limited time with the swipe of a MetroCard. Some vintage buses
also will be on display at Union Square, Herald Square and at the Circle
For four consecutive Sundays in December, subway
customers can catch the “Shoppers Special,” a train consisting of eight
cars from the 1930s that ran along the lettered lines until the late
1970s. The cars, which were ordered for the Independent Subway System
(IND), were the first subway cars to be identified by their contract
numbers, hence the R1/9 designations. R1/9 cars, known as "City-Cars,”
have rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent light bulbs, and roll
signs for passenger information. They were retired from service in
first run of the day departs from 2 Av, where a special museum pop-up
shop will be open every Sunday during the holiday nostalgia rides.
Location: 6th Avenue line subways stations between Queens Plaza and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan
Breakfast with Santa Claus
the Jolly Old Elf himself for breakfast in Times Square at Applebee's
Neighborhood Grill on 42nd Street! Whether you are 2 or 62 there is
nothing more memorable than the time you sat on Santa’s lap and asked
for that special gift.
NYCVP offers an exclusive limited seating
breakfast with Santa on select dates. Why fight the crowds and large
lines for a moment with Santa when you can share in this intimate
gathering? The breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes,
sausage, pancakes, bacon, toast, and orange juice, tea or coffee, all
taxes and gratuity.
Neighborhood Grill, 234 West 42nd Street
New Year's Eve Times Square
Ball Drop Gala
Date: December 31
NYCVP hosts an exclusive Insider’s View
New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Party in the heart of the
Times Square area! There’s an incredible view of all the celebrations and
revelry, and we want you to be our guest!
No standing outside in the cold
or fighting crowds—our Gala is high above the million or so gathered on 7th
Avenue and Broadway with a continuous view of the famed Times Square Waterford
Ice skating in New York City is the ultimate winter experience! Whether
you're skating at the world-famous Rockefeller Center or Central Park's
Wollman Rink, Bryant Park or Chelsea Piers, or just watching as
thousands of locals and tourists take a spin on the ice, you will be
part of a beloved winter tradition. There is ice skating in all boroughs
of New York City - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The
Location: Throughout New York City
New York Jewish Film Festival
The New York Jewish Film Festival is a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum. 2014′s edition included world, U.S., and New York premieres of films from around the globe, plus a number of “beyond the screen” programs including a symposium, a master class, and exhibitions of the posters and title sequences of the great Saul Bass.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd Street
Annual Winter Antiques Show
The Winter Antiques Show is the most prestigious
antiques show in America, featuring the “best of the best” from
antiquities through the 1960s. Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory
in New York City, the Show provides curators, established collectors,
dealers, design professionals and first-time buyers with opportunities
to view and purchase exceptional pieces showcased by 73 exhibitors.
One-third of the Show's exhibitors are specialists in Americana, with
the rest featuring English, European, and Asian fine and decorative
Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony
Date: February TBA, 11am-3pm
Kick of the Lunar New Year with 600,000 rounds of colorful firecrackers,
prepared by highly trained detonation specialists, a traditional Lunar
New Year practice believed to scare away evil spirits. Expected
attendees include local politicians, community leaders and dignitaries.
After opening ceremonies, a dozen Lion, Dragon and Unicorn dance troupes
will march down the main streets of Chinatown (Mott, Bowery, East
Broadway, Bayard, Elizabeth, and Pell) to help ring in the New Year. A
massive festival will be in the heart of Chinatown that will feature
all-day cultural performances by traditional and contemporary Asian and
Asian-American signers and dancers, along with food vendors and
Location: Sara Roosevelt Park (Intersection: Grand St and Chrystie St.)
Date: February TBA, 1-4pm (parade starts at 1pm)
A colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and
dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian & Hispanic
musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. The
floats will feature various cultural performances and special guests.
Over 6,000 individuals will march in the Parade, which will span every
major street in Chinatown. This is the biggest winter parade in the East
Coast and a national and international tourist attraction. Elected
officials, celebrities and community leaders are scheduled to take part
in the Parade.
Starts at Little Italy and goes through the main
streets of Lower Manhattan/Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, Chatham
Square, East Broadway, Eldridge, Hester, Forsyth & Grand St.) and
ends at the Lower East Side on Grand Street by Sara Roosevelt Park.
Presented annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular
model railroad exhibition features Metro-North, New York Central, and
subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a
34’-long, two-level “O” gauge layout.
Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (42nd St. and Park Ave.)
The New-York Historical Society will be transformed this holiday season
with the installation of a spectacular exhibit of treasures from the
renowned Jerni Collection, now owned by the New-York Historical Society,
of model trains, scenic elements and toys. The dynamic display will
appeal to all age groups, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a
The Holiday Express exhibition will unfold over a broad swath of
New-York Historical’s first floor, featuring pieces from the Jerni
Collection that will transform the space into a magical wonderland. With
the aid of theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape,” and
other visual effects, visitors will be engaged in an immersive
experience. The exhibition begins at the West 77th Street entrance,
where movement and sound from four large-scale multimedia screens will
make it seem as though trains are roaring through the space. A
360-degree mountainous landscape will be on view in the Judith and
Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, featuring artifacts grouped into ten
Buy tickets to the New-York Historical Society
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street
Nothing beats the cold like a cup of hot chocolate, and this month at City Bakery (3 West 18th Street just off of 5th Avenue) they have their 23rd annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Each day in February features a new flavor of the ultimate cold weather drink. They get pretty creative at City Bakery and flavors range from Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate to Vietnamese Cinnamon Hot Chocolate to Ginger Hot Chocolate to Creamy Stout Hot Chocolate and of course Love Potion Hot Chocolate.
Location: City Bakery 3 West 18th St, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
St. Patrick's Day in NYC
Date: March 17
Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day vacation package. The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is a grand march up 5th Avenue beginning at 11am on March 17. The largest and most famous of New York City's many parades, this year's will include bagpipers, bands, 150,000-250,000 participants, and over two million spectators.
History of St. Patrick's Day in NYC, NYC St. Patrick's Day Vacations, and more!
The Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden
Mesmerizing and seductive, The Orchid Show is a yearly celebration of the orchid in all its amazing forms.
The annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails.
Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms--blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more--stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves.
Location: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY - Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
The Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History
This exhibition, an annual favorite, features up to 500 live,
free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural
habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources,
and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity.
Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking
scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies. Text panels located
immediately outside the vivarium offer information about the evolution
and life cycle of butterflies, including explanations of mimicry,
diversity, and butterflies’ important role in conservation.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street