See the best of the Big Apple with this 72-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Take in the sites and learn about the history of the city from the running commentary. Get on and get off at your leisure to explore further. When you’re done, get back on the next bus and continue. Stop by Greenwich Village, SoHo, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Lincoln Center, Central Park and much more. (Includes the following attractions)
A thrill-a-minute bus ride that takes you throughout Midtown Manhattan and through the city’s history, thanks to interactive features and expert actors. Let the Big Apple come alive during this 75-minute Interactive experience. Sit in the stadium seating and be dazzled by the lights and TV monitors of this traveling theater. The 4.5-mile voyage through Midtown Manhattan entertains, educates and creates great lasting memories of your visit to New York City. See New York City in a more creative and stimulating way than ever before on the New York City tour with a difference!
See the famous Holiday night lights of New York City: Includes: Christmas Windows like the famous window at Lord & Taylor. You’ll also see Macy’s Department Store, home of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the other shops at Herald Square. See the lights of Times Square. More neon per square foot than anywhere else in the world! Lincoln Center and Time Warner Center and Columbus Circle. Drive through Columbus Circle, at the Southwest corner of Central Park, and see the horse-drawn carriages, the Park itself, Time Warner Center, and ultimately world-famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Drive thru Rockefeller Center and get off the bus with your tour guide to see New York City’s most famous Christmas Tree up close. The Christmas tree that adorns Rockefeller Center is typically a Norway Spruce, and the one chose is usually between 75 and 90 feet tall and proportionally wide. The Rockefeller Center tree is decorated with over five miles of lights. Plan to go back and visit the tree and watch the skaters after your tour.
We’ll make a quick stop to see the skaters and the Holiday Market at Bryant Park. The Holiday Shops feature food and artisanal boutiques offering exquisite gifts from distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more. There’s something for everyone – adults, kids, and more. This European inspired open-air market features artisans from around the world. Located along Bryant Park’s allées and terraces, the Holiday Shops are housed in custom-designed, “jewel box” kiosks.
Enjoy a first-class experience at the world-famous Rink at Rockefeller Center with this premium pass that allows you to make an advance reservation and get on the ice immediately through our exclusive VIP Igloo. Enter through our heated VIP Igloo with exclusive amenities including:
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Treat your family to a beloved holiday tradition with Breakfast with Santa at Rock Center Café or The Sea Grill. Make their Christmas dreams come true with a breakfast experience at the season’s most iconic destination – Rockefeller Center, with the famed Christmas tree and our ice rink illuminated by the magical twinkle of holiday lights. Join us for a sumptuous breakfast feast, gingerbread men, candy canes and gifts from Santa and his elves. Then lace up your skates for spins, twirls and crazy-eights with Santa himself at the world-famous Rink at Rockefeller Center, an experience that truly brings Christmas to life for any child.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a one-of-a-kind celebration that brings together family, friends, and loved ones. The Rockettes dazzle in brilliant dance numbers and Radio City is aglow with the joy of the season. Follow Santa on his sleigh ride, see ice skaters swirl across the stage, and catch a snowflake or two in this immersive theatrical experience like no other. And this year, marvel at the magic of Santa’s enchanted toy factory.
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November-January is more than enough time to stop by the Grand Central Holiday Fair to pick up some gifts for the holidays. Shop around for toys, clothing, bath and body products, accessories and more. You can also simply stroll through and admire the artwork of 40 carefully curated artisans.
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November-January, go to the Winter Village at Bryant Park for distinctive apparel, jewelry, decorative goods, comfort foods, and hot drinks. Best of all, you can grab your skates and ice skate for free at the rink.
November-January is the perfect opportunity to see the NYC holiday windows. Stroll down Fifth Avenue and take a look at the elaborate storefront designs. Lord and Taylor’s “Enchanted Forest” stars a cast of little bunnies, mice and other whimsical furry friends. Sak Fifth Avenue’s “Land of 1000 Lights” will also be a sight to see on Nov. 21. Candy-themed dresses created by notable designers will be part of the display.
Holiday Windows Bedazzle, Light Up Fifth Avenue
Nov. 20, head to the Union Square Holiday Kick-Off at James Fountain in Union Square Park from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m filled with coffee, treats, free holiday photos, carolers, and surprise princess appearances. Then enjoy the Union Square Holiday Market which is a Christmas town filled with twinkling lights, tinsel, and gourmet pantry items, from small-batch jams to all natural olive oils.
Nov. 28, will be the 17th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square from 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. It will be a fun night of performances and Christmas cheer.
Dec. 4, Queens and Brooklyn residents can avoid a commute to the city. The Christmas in the Garden and Tree Lighting event from 1 p.m.–5:30 p.m. at Queens Botanical Garden is sure to be a majestic sight. On the same day, Brooklynites can meet up for the third annual Fort Greene Park Tree Lighting from 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. Bring a toy for the Whitman Resident Association’s annual holiday toy drive in exchange for free hot cocoa and cookies.
Dec. 6-Jan. 5 is the time for art buffs to visit the Arsenal Gallery Exhibition, Wreath Interpretations, in Central Park from 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Dec. 10 will be Holiday on the Hudson at 125th Street and Marginal Street in West Harlem Piers. It isn’t your regular office Christmas party. Bring your own reusable mug, sip hot chocolate and dance to live music from 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 is also Santacon: a chance to dress up as Ol’ Santa Claus and parade the best bars in NYC. Santacon is also a great opportunity to spread Christmas cheer and donate to charity. The proceeds will be split between five charities.
Dec. 21 is the debut of “The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk”; an interactive art piece that features a portable speaker and a free smartphone app that turns footsteps into twinkling musical sounds. The composers will host a free discussion on the inspiration behind the piece at 3 p.m. in the Apple Store (401 W 14th Street). Don’t be late because the piece starts at 5 p.m. at the southern end of the High Line, at the base of the Gansevoort stairs where the speakers will be handed out to the first 100 people.
Dec. 31 is the New Year Midnight Run filled with music, live entertainment, and fireworks during a fun run. The runners even get to toast to champagne halfway through the run. The run starts at midnight but you can compete in the costume contest at 11 p.m.; the winner scores an award for the most creative costume.
January 28 is the start Lunar New Year! Dragon dance through Chinatown, admire the colorful floats and snag a traditional Chinese snack from a vendor to celebrate the year of the Rooster.
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