Why is our New York City Holiday Lights Tour so popular?
New York City starts to take on a special glow, and all of the stores and squares try to outdo each other with the most dazzling displays.
Everyone wants to see all the new attractions, trees and lights in New York, but covering the four square miles or so that they encompass in one night and on foot can take a while, not to mention the crowds and weather.
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 may 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" (bus cannot drive on Park Avenue)
- The Waldorf Astoria
- Madison Avenue's displays
- The world's largest Menorah
- The Plaza Hotel
- 5th Avenue displays
- Rockefeller Center
- Times Square ...
Plus, the window displays of:
- Saks 5th Avenue
- Bergdorf Goodman
- Lord & Taylor
- And, of course, Macy's ... plus so much more.
*-- Your tour guide will determine what stops will be appropriate, and what route the bus will take depending upon traffic. Displays at the various venues change from year to year. The tour will not stop at all of the venues listed.
November 24, 2016 through December 30, 2016 Daily at 6:30pm
The tour does not operate on December 25.
NOTE: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is not lit until the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, (Wednesday, November 30 in 2016). Some other displays/lights might not be available on all dates.
November 23, 2017 through December 30, 2017 Daily at 6:30pm
The tour does not operate November 26-28 or on December 25.
NOTE: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is not lit until the
Wednesday after Thanksgiving, (Wednesday, November 29 in 2017). Some other
displays/lights might not be available on all dates.
Approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours
Your confirming tour voucher will be emailed to you once your credit card is processed. Please make sure you add nyctrip.com and NYCVPTours@nyctrip.com into your list of mailers from whom you can receive email.
The tour departs from the 53rd St. side entrance of the Sheraton New York Hotel, off 7th Ave.
- B, D, E to 7th Avenue and 53rd Street
- 1 to 50th Street and Broadway
- N, R, Q, W to 57th Street and 7th Avenue
Here's What Some of Our Past Tour Participants Have to Say ...
"I wanted to send a quick note to applaud the work of tour guide Chris Weas and bus driver Alvin from the Holiday Lights Tour on Saturday, December 10.
Chris and Alvin provided a great experience for myself, my boyfriend, and my parents. Being only my second visit to NYC and my parents first, we were thrilled with Chris' knowledge of NYC and its landmarks and history. The tour provided both great content and a route that allowed us to see lots of the city and it's holiday decorations. Alvin was a great driver and we felt very safe, even among the bustling holiday traffic. We also enjoyed the opportunity to make stops and explore Grand Central Terminal and holiday windows at Lord and Taylor and Macy's. I will also add that the tour was great for my parents with have mobility challenges but still wanted to see NYC and its holiday decorations. I would recommend this tour to any NYC tourists, particularly those who are newer to the city or with mobility challenges.
Thanks so much for a fantastic tour!"
"We took the Christmas Lights tour with Chris Lucas on Wednesday night. The tour was terrific; however, the real success was the work of Chris. Chris was outstanding in his knowledge and his delivery – we will be sure to recommend this tour to all our friends."
"We took the dec 5th holiday lights tour with Chris Lucas as our tour guide. He was just terrific. Even though he has probably done this tour hundreds of time he was enthusiastic, full of interesting and fun information and always had a smile in his voice!"
"This is our review for an outstanding tour on December 1, 2016.
Chris was our guide and Julian our driver. Our group of four were blown away with the information Chris gave us about NYC. Being the first visit for our husbands, they were so impressed with the tour with the highlight being Grand Central Terminal.
Chris was hilarious! He made the tour so much fun... We loved his different hats. He made everyone very comfortable and made sure the driver stopped or slowed at particular sites so we can see the areas he was describing.
This tour was one of the highlights of our NYC visit in December! The other being the Rockettes! Great show! We will certainly be recommending Tour Guides for our friends.
Thank you and Merry Christmas!"
"My son and I took the Holiday Lights tour this past Sunday evening. Chris Lucas was our guide.
We enjoyed his commentary very much, he was informative and funny. Our bus driver was also very nice and an excellent driver…unfortuneately, I can’t remember his name. The bus was comfortable.
Chris gave us a very helpful tip to get up close and personal to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, which we appreciated, since the tour itself, just drove by the site.
Thank you for offering this tour…
"I was in NYC and took the Christmas lights tour. Chris Lucas was the guide and Jim was the driver. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It is the only way to see the lights!
Chris had just the right balance between information and humor...A delightful evening!!"
JD"Loved the tour with Chris Lucas and Kim. Chris was entertaining and a
wealth of information. There was a great deal of traffic (holiday
season) but he never ran out of NYC trivia!"
"I brought my 77 year old mother to see New York for the first time, and
this tour was the highlight of our visit. Julian did a great job
maneuvering the coach bus around the city, while Chris Lucas shared his
obvious love of New York. Chris had a wealth of knowledge about
everything from the Tiffany Snowflake being designed by Audrey Hepburn
to the invention of the oyster cracker, and was funny to boot. We would
recommend this Tour to everyone. Thanks for a wonderful start to our
"Just wanted to write to let you know how much we enjoyed the NYC lights tour we took last Friday evening. Chris was superb and was a perfect person for this tour. His personality and enjoyment in what he does, made the evening so nice."
DS and SS
"My husband and I were on Chris Lucas's Holiday tour on Weds.
Evening, Nov.30. We loved it. We were not impressed with the holiday
lights part of the tour but loved the commentary. Several people in our
group who have been frequent city visitors were amazed at what they
learned. For example, I have been in Central Station several times as a
train passenger, but I missed all the details Chris shared. It was a
great evening and I would highly recommend the tour to others."
"really really enjoyed the tour, i came to the city especially for it...nothing else! the bus was uncomfortable half way through, having had a heat stroke years ago, didn't
think i was going to make the whole tour...it was resolved and i was very very thankful
Chris was delightful, it wasn't only the lights, it was a very informative tour, i felt i brought back lots of city information
i was not disappointed....to Chris's credit
thank you for wonderful memories"
"Tonight my friend and I went on the Christmas Bus Tour. The tour guide was Chris Lucas and the driver was Rodney. The tour was great and even better than advertised. Chris was excellent with a great deal of knowledge about NYC. He is also a great ambassador for the city. He made the three hours fly by and gave us all the time we needed at the various stops to take in the Christmas atmosphere. So far the best spent $$$ on our trip. Thanks for offering this tour."
Terry and Sandy, Colorado
"I went on your holiday lights tour on December 4th and just want to say that Chris Lucas was a great tour guide and our bus driver, Spears, was great also. I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends." SG
"I would just like to say what a great time we had on the holiday lights tour, our guide Chris was really great he gave us so much information we learned so much.
We saw so much and the stops he made were great, we saw the beautiful windows of Lord and Taylor and Macys up close as we were able to get off the bus and take some great photos, we had plenty of time to see the Tree at Rockefeller Plaza, it was just great and a big thanks also to our driver Spears who coped well with the busy traffic. I would really recommend this trip to anyone visiting NYC at Christmas time. Thanks again"
JA - Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
"On Saturday, December 4, 2010, my friend, LB, and I had taken the New York City Holiday Lights Motorcoach Sightseeing Tour (left from Sheraton NY Hotel at 6:30 p.m.). Our tour guide, Chris Lucas, was amazingly terrific. He is extremely knowlegable of the history of New York City and is very entertaining. He allowed us plenty of time to see the sights when we made our stops. He made our tour another great holiday memory. I have to also mention our bus driver, Spears, was very good. I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends and family. Sincerely," KE
"Hi, We just returned from a long Thanksgiving weekend in NYC. During our visit, we took the evening light tour with Chris Lucas as our guide. It was one of the best tours we took. He is so knowledgeable, personable, and approachable. The information we learned for the most part was new - making us feel like insiders, not tourists. Thanks for a great time." 2 Folks from Wyoming
"My two daughters and I were so happy we took the Holiday Lights tour with Chris Lucas. He is such a character. What fun we had! Loved his different hats, funny stories and interesting history he gave us. There were only 20 of us on the bus, which made it more personal and fun. We would have never seen all the city holiday lights he showed us by ourselves. We loved Grand Central Station and the light show and of course the whispering wall. Chris is great! We loved the tour!"
"I recently went on the city lights tour led by Chris Lucas. I have nothing but good things to say about this tour. The locations were perfect and Chris gave awesome details and wore hilarious hats!!! I especially enjoyed the stop at Tavern on the Green! Honestly, I would absolutely encourage my friends to take this tour..and Chris deserves a real shout out for doing a great job! Thanks," MP, Vancouver, BC, Canada
"This is just a quick email to let you know that when we came to New York from British Columbia for our holiday this was one thing we booked online as a must see/must do event. The sad thing is the tree was not lit but Chris was an excellent tour guide including several other stops to make up for the lack of tree this year.
He was a very good tour guide making it a wonderful Christmas experience that I will highly recommend to those I know coming for the holidays.
I had a very positive experience, I found Chris very charismatic and funny making it feel like he was a friend showing you around his city, using little stories and history of the city to make you feel welcomed. A very special thank you to Chris and his company for making this a very Merry holiday trip! "
SM, Vancouver BC
"The tour of the windows was great ... there were stops along the way for all of us who wanted to get out and take pictures."
CL, Lehigh Acres FL
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*NOTE: The sites and number of stops, as well as the route, will vary according to traffic and weather conditions, availability of displays, crowds and accessibility. The Holiday Lights Tour is primarily a motorcoach tour, but will make at least two stops, enabling guests to disembark and get a close up views. Although each tour will be as comprehensive as possible, not all sites listed above will be visited.
Tour guide gratuities are not included. New York City Vacation Packages is not responsible for delays, non-operation of tour or accessibility to sites mentioned in the itinerary. Itinerary may be altered if required due to weather, traffic, and/or any other condition beyond the control of NYCVP, the tour guides and/or vendors. Tours may be cancelled in advance due to insufficient participation. Anyone getting lost, or not returning to the bus on time, will be on his/her own. Liability is expressly limited to the amount paid by patrons for the Tour. The tour operates rain, snow or shine. No refunds are issued for no-shows. or cancellations. Purchase is non-refundable, but may be applied to another NYCVP walking tour of comparable value.
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