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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

New York Holiday Lights and Movie Sites Tour

Capture the holiday spirit at festive locales and settings from your favorite flicks during a holiday lights and movie sites tour of New York City. On this guided driving tour, you’ll pass by iconic sites such as the holiday store displays of Macy’s and Fifth Avenue, stop for a photo in front of the towering Lincoln Center tree and relive your favorite cinematic scenes with on-screen clips as you pass by real film sites from iconic movies.


  • Guided bus tour of holiday lights and movie filming locations in New York City
  • Watch clips from your favorite holiday films as the bus passes each location
  • View the spectacular lights and holiday window displays throughout Manhattan
  • Learn entertaining tidbits and insider secrets from your guide, a New York City actor
  • Pose for a photo in front of the festive Lincoln Center tree

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This season, see the lights and the sites of your favorite holiday films on a cozy sightseeing tour of New York at its most festive! From classics like Miracle on 34th Street to modern fare like Elf, this tour will delight all ages.

What You Can Expect

New York Holiday Lights and Movie Sites Tour

See iconic holiday film sites such as Macy's from 'Miracle on 34th Street'

Begin your holiday adventure at Columbus Circle, where you’ll hop on the bus for your guided tour. Your guide, a local New York City actor, will share entertaining tidbits and insider secrets as you spot iconic landmarks from your favorite holiday films. The tours are constantly updated with new locations, and special requests for sites not featured on the tour can sometimes be accommodated.

From Columbus Circle, the bus transports you into Central Park West, where scenes from Mr. Popper’s Penguins and other movies were filmed. Continue through the Upper West Side, which you may recognize from New Year’s Eve, to Lincoln Center and its stunning tree, glowing with thousands of lights. Hop off the bus for a photo-op in front of the tree, and also learn where Bill Murray discovered his taxi driver was the ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooged.

Back aboard the bus, watch clips from countless holiday classics filmed in Central Park as you make your way through New York City’s urban oasis. As you pass by the filming locations, relive the moment that Santa collided with the Bethesda Fountain in Elf, or when Harry and Marv plotted their revenge in Home Alone 2.

After winding your way through the park, you’ll be led through the Upper East Side to Serendipty 3, where Kate Beckinsdale and John Cusack famously shared a frozen hot chocolate in Serendipity. Afterwards, a stop at Bloomingdales lets you get an up-close look at the department store's festive window displays.

And no holiday trip to New York City would be complete without a visit to Rockefeller Center, the next location on the tour. Make sure to catch a glimpse of the most famous Christmas tree in New York, which you might recognize from Home Alone 2 or Elf.

Continue down Fifth Street, where you’ll have an opportunity to stop and peer into the windows at Lord & Taylor, before ending the tour at Macy’s in Herald Square. Home to the real Santa in Miracle on 34th Street, the department store is famed for embracing the holiday spirit and drawing visitors from around the world to its extravagant window displays.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We absolutely loved this tour! We went on Christmas night and it was a great time to take it. The guide for this tour was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun! The Christmas lights in NYC are just magical and magnificent. Definitely would put this tour on my list.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great tour. Tour guide was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This was very exciting for me and my family. I was hassle free the lines to redeem your tickets was a little lengthy but for the most part it save time and money. I would consider using your company again and recommend you all to my family and friends. Some of buses no heat and condition of them.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

The bus was an hour late but after we started it was great.

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

It was good once it finally got started, but it started 45-60 mins late without any real reasons. The kids liked it once it got started, but did think the bus temperature was actually too hot! The tour guide was entertaining, but not sure how informative. The tour guide said at one time The Saks Fifth Ave light show went every 30 minutes, but it actually goes every 7 minutes. There was something else we found to be false that they said, but can't remember now. Overall worth seeing sights while resting.

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

Tour good but bus was over an hour late due to traffic which can't be helped, maybe the time need's to be longer in between the two tour's. Guide was great even bought lovely ginger biscuits while waiting for the bus.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2014

Was really looking forward to the tour but..... The Tour started very late- venue and times were changed on multiple occasions- bus was old and smelly - the movie clips on screens were fuzzy. Tour guide was un-organised but did her best to keep spirits on bus high which is why I am awarding 2 stars otherwise would be 1star. Would not recommend this tour very disappointed.

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