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I think the guide spent more time talking about himself than he did the Christmas lights. The tour was very focused around a couple of streets and you were lucky to see any of the windows because of buses and trucks parked on the road. I would have liked to see more displays.
This wasn't a great tour, although in part driven by the weather and protests. The tour is largely viewing store windows (which are very beautiful) as the only lights on the streets are those outside stores / hotels and the Rockerfella centre. Please don't expect Oxford street type decorations as Manhattan streets are not dressed like this at all.
Unfortunately it was rainy evening, which nobody can help. We were undercover on top of the bus, but the roof leaked on us the whole trip, made it miserable. The guide did a great job keeping up a good conversation, but we spent a lot of time just sitting in traffic. I didn't realize we wouldn't even slow down at the sites. It would have been great to pull over at Rockefeller Center even for 30 seconds to get a quick picture. If you blinked you missed it, very disappointing. There was mention of seeing decorated windows. We were told where they were, but couldn't see anything. Not something I would do again or recommend.
Unfortunately the weather was awful and it rained and rained. The coach misted up and dripped and it was difficult to see. Hard to see how they could have got round that. Roads gridlocked not great.
I'm glad we went on this tour.. But it could have been so much better. The guides seemed vaguely interested, and the bus was scratched all over. Saw a couple of places we missed which were pointed out, so worth doing for that alone. Some lights weren't pointed out until asked. Poor.
Unfortunately, the tour was taken during pouring rain. We went to the upper level because the bottom floor was full. The roof leaked on the upper lever and fogged up so we couldn't see anything. We decided to go outside and sat in the rain for the 2 hour tour. We were given free rain ponchos but by the end of the tour we were very cold and wet and didn't really see as much as we had hoped to see.
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.
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.
Too cold and streets to busy. Once you're on you can't get off so was not to enjoyable
Time of year (December) on an open top bus made this trip less enoyable than it could of been but with that said, its pretty obvious it'll be cold so more an error on my part than the trip itself. Downside of the trip is that you are generally stuck in so much traffic and I personally felt that we saw more walking around the city than on the tour itself.
Other than changing the name, this was basically just the city tour and we expected to see more displays. We enjoyed our guide and am sure had it not been raining (thanks for the ponchos, by the way), it would have been more enjoyable. We were on a tour and already had most of the information, but the store fronts were new to us at least.
not so good in winter.. bus windows get steamed and you cannot see that much of the city.