Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour in New York, NY

On Location Tours10 Columbus CircleNew York, NY 10028
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Overview

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.

Good To Know

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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.

Description

from Holiday Lights & Movie Sites
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.
• Learn where Bill Murray finds out his taxi driver was the Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooged
• 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.

Added tour times:
Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour
• December 1 - 6:30 PM
• December 8 - 6:30 PM
• December 15 - 6:30 PM
• December 22 - 6:30 PM
• December 29 - 6:30 PM

Location:
1889 Broadway (at 63rd Street, outside Starbucks).

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apriladventures
Boston, Massachusetts
"Definitely do the “NYC TV & Movie Tour” & Skip “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Tour”"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2020
I went on the “NYC TV & Movie Tour” and the “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Tour” both of which take place in large tour busses. On the “NYC TV & Movie Tour”, it was fun to watch clips of a variety of tv & film scenes set in NYC and then see them in real life! It was a bit pricey but definitely worth it as you travel through a good amount of Manhattan & it teaches you where you want to re-visit! I live in NYC and even I discovered some new areas. The two highlights of the tour were visiting the Friends apartment & The Ghost Busters Fire Station. The 3 hour tour goes by quickly! I also went on the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Tour because I’m a big fan of the show. Personally, I would not recommend it to others given the price and what you receive. We drove around a small radius of Manhattan and many of the locations were just used as exteriors (e.g. the awning of a building) so you really have to use your imagination. The ones that weren't you could easily have looked them up on your phone and visited them yourself such as La Bonbonnierre or Music Inn. Two of the main stops on the tour were also bars. We were given 10 minutes in each bar which wasn’t enough time to sit down and enjoy a drink so most just chugged their drinks & left. It also wasn’t a fun stop for non-drinkers because the novelty of standing in bar can only be appreciated for so long. Although the tour could use some tweaks, there were some good aspects. For example, the tour around Washington Square Park was interesting, I loved yelling “we got the rabbi” outside of the deli, and I enjoyed hearing behind the scenes secrets of the show.
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Audrey030720
Phoenix, Arizona
"Great Time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 08, 2020
As a huge Sex in the City fan, this tour was a dream! Our tour guide Lou was absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend this tour!
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mmkoehler
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Tour of NYC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2020
On Location Tours is literally the best tour service in NYC. I went on the new Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tour and it wasn’t only a great way to see parts of the city I’ve never seen before, but I got to relive scenes from the show in person, and learned behind the scenes information that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Not to mention the stories and history behind the actual locations. Also, can’t ask for a better team than the one at On Location Tours. Erin and Lauren are incredible and made it such a fun and immersive tour. They also went above and beyond to help me figure out my way around the area. So friendly and amazing, as was the group I got to take the tour with. I can’t say enough good things about this experience. I can’t wait to come back and do another tour!
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Mattand5
New York City, New York
"Amazing Experience thanks to the tour guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 27, 2020
Our tour guide Melissa is perfect for this tour! The tour has great energy, and we were laughing from start to finish because of Melissa. Totally worthwhile spending three hours with her on the tour, even if you’re not the biggest fan of SATC.
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Heat501
"HIghly recomended"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 27, 2020
Well worth doing this tour gives you all the information you need to understand the locality. Tour guide was excellent, friendly & polite.
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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 Macy's in Herald Square.


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 we 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, we 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?
Yes.


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.


Is there a bathroom on the bus?
Yes.


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 us ahead of time as all of our 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 our 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 we 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.