Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour in New York, NY

On Location ToursWest 63rd and BroadwayNew York, NY 10028
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Presented by On Location Tours, the Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour lets guests of all ages see stunning holiday lights and a variety of iconic movie sites on a two-and-a-half-hour guided bus tour, available during the holiday season. Each tour is guided by a local actor or actress, and takes guests to places like Rockefeller Center, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Central Park, and more.

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  • See the spectacular, famous holiday sights throughout NYC.
  • Stop at places like Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Macy's and more.
  • 2.5 hour guided bus tour.
  • Tour is guided by a local New York City actor or actress.
  • Tour available in English only.


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Take a 2.5 hour guided bus tour to see the spectacular holiday lights and movie sites in New York City, the most filmed city in the world. Your tour is guided by a local New York City actor or actress who will share some tidbits about his or her experience in the film industry. This tour is equally fantastic for tourists and locals, families, and groups of friends. Your guide will entertain and inform you as you visit a variety of holiday locations!

Experience Christmas in New York and relive your favorite holiday movie moments.

• Marvel at the famed tree in Rockefeller Center, where Macaulay Culkin reunites with his mom in Home Alone 2.
• Peek into the brilliant holiday windows at Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, and the same Macy’s you’ll remember from Miracle on 34th Street.
• Pass through Central Park and reminisce the serendipitous moment John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale have at Wollman Rink in Serendipity.
• See the apartment where Buddy the Elf stays with his Dad during his visit to New York City in Elf.
• Witness the electrifying storefront displays as you’re guided down Fifth Avenue, passing swanky shops like Tiffany & Co., where Zac Efron takes Michelle Pfeiffer in New Year’s Eve.
• Enjoy a photo-op in front of the tree at Lincoln Center and learn where Bill Murray finds out his taxi driver was the Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooged.

Tours take place on luxury coach buses, which heated in the winter. Buses are equipped with onboard restrooms.

Departure Location: In front of Starbucks at 1889 Broadway (West 63rd Street and Broadway) near Columbus CircleWest 63rd Street and Broadway (outside Starbucks).

In an effort to stay current, On Location Tours is constantly updating their tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and they will do thier best to accommodate your request.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Holiday Lights & Movie Sites

What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child?

If a child is age five or younger and will be sitting on your lap during the entire tour, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. If they will be requiring a seat, however, you will need to purchase a Child ticket. While young children are welcome on the tour, please be aware if your child proves disruptive or excessively restless, you may be asked to leave.

Where does the tour end?

The tour ends at Bryant Park on 42nd Street facing East.

Are we on the bus the whole tour?

Absolutely not. The tour takes place on a coach bus since the locations are spread out around Manhattan. But they get off the bus at a number of locations along the way, giving you the opportunity to experience the locations and take pictures. Whenever you leave the bus, it is with the tour guide. The tour includes a mix of on-the-bus viewings of locations and stops to get off the bus to explore, all woven into the story of how they relate to the holiday movies.

Is there ever a circumstance when a location is omitted from the tour?

While it is extremely rare, they do sometimes need to skip or modify certain locations that usually are part of the tour. Since the tour is visiting real-life locations all around Manhattan, the tour's itinerary can sometimes be impacted by traffic conditions, store hours, etc. On Location Tours assumes no liability or responsibility for: traffic conditions, access to sites, or other conditions beyond its control.

Is this a good sightseeing tour?

Yes, especially for the holiday season in New York City. This tour will take you to the spectacular, famous holiday sights throughout the city.

Should I tip the tour guide?

Gratuities are not included in the price of the tour ticket. A tip for exemplary service is always appreciated, but never required.

Are food and drink included on the tour? Can I bring my own?

No, but please feel free to bring something of your own if it is neat and you're sure to remove all garbage from the bus at the end of the tour. Alcohol is completely prohibited on the bus.

Is this tour conducted in English only?


What type of bus is used?

The tour is conducted on a closed coach bus. It is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer.

Is there assigned seating on the bus?

Seating is first come, first serve. If you have a number of people in your party that want to sit together, you should make sure to arrive 15-20 minutes early. Guests that arrive late or right at the starting time are much more likely to have to split up their group.

Are the buses handicapped accessible?

Yes, but you need to contact On Location Tours directly before booking your tickets to arrange a wheelchair accessible bus, if needed. Buses are equipped with on-board restrooms. Buses are not equipped with lap or shoulder belts or harnesses. We are committed to providing accessible tours to persons with disabilities and are able to provide accessible vehicles for passengers with mobility impairments. Notice of the need for an accessible vehicle at least 24 hours in advance is strongly recommended so as to guarantee the timely provision of an accessible vehicle. The wheelchair lifts can accommodate up to approximately 600 pounds total. However, If you will be using a fold-up wheelchair and will be traveling with someone who can provide assistance on and off the bus, you do not need to inform them ahead of time via number located on your e ticket as all of the buses have room in the luggage compartment to store it.

Are cameras allowed on the tour?

Yes. While photography and filming are not allowed on the bus portion of the tour, there are some great spots for taking photos and video at the numerous stops along the way.

Can I take a stroller or luggage on the tour?

The tour is conducted on a coach bus, so limited storage space is available. Please keep in mind that there will be several stops of up to 15-20 minutes each where they will be leaving the bus. If you are not comfortable leaving your belongings on the bus during this time, you might want to reconsider bringing them.