Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour in New York, NY

On Location ToursWest 63rd and BroadwayNew York, NY 10028
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Experience the holiday magic of NYC with On Location Tours’ Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour. Explore iconic locations from holiday films such as Home Alone 2 and Elf while basking in the city's festive lights. See the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade start point, Bloomingdale's displays, the Rockefeller Center tree, Bryant Park's ice-skating rink, and more!

up to 2.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Experience Christmas in New York City and see locations from your favorite holiday movies.
  • Tour duration is approximately 2.5 hours and begins at 63rd Street and Broadway.
  • Visit famous holiday sights throughout Manhattan aboard a heated bus.
  • Spot iconic landmarks and discover hidden gems all from the comfort of a nice, warm bus.
  • Stop for walks and pictures at Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Macy's, and more.
  • Depending on the size of your group, your tour might be in a Sprinter, mini bus or coach bus.
  • Tour is only available in English, but its visual elements can still be enjoyed by guests from all over the world.
  • Wheelchair-accessible bus is available upon request, at least 24 hours in advance. Max combined weight of wheelchair and guest is 600lbs.


from Holiday Lights & Movie Sites
Experience the holiday season in the Big Apple with the Holiday Lights & Movie Sites tour by On Location Tours in New York City. This 2.5-hour guided bus tour is an absolute must for anyone who loves movies, Christmas lights, and the vibrant spirit of NYC during the holidays.

Explore the locations where favorite holiday movies were filmed and connect them with the corresponding movie clips encountered along the way!

This NYC holiday sightseeing adventure begins at 63rd and Broadway near Columbus Circle where tour guides are waiting. As you hop on the warm tour bus, get ready to be transported to the world of classic films like Home Alone 2, Elf, and Miracle on 34th Street.

Once on board, it will head around Columbus Circle and take a look up Central Park West, home to the annual commencement of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where it reminisce on filming locations featured in Elf, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and more!

The guide will lead through the Upper East Side to Serendipity 3 before making a stop at Bloomingdales to take a peek at the department store’s celebrated holiday window displays, featured in Serendipity.

When returning to the bus, the tour continues through Midtown Manhattan to enjoy more of the city’s most famous seasonal displays may recognize from Eloise at Christmastime, The Family Man, and many more while making its way right through Rockefeller Center for a spectacular view of the most famous Christmas tree in New York featured in Home Alone 2, Noel, and Elf.

It will continue down Fifth Avenue before ending the tour at Bryant Park, home to the charming ice-skating rink seen in many Christmas films.

This tour is equally fantastic for tourists and locals, families, and groups of friends. The guide will entertain and inform you as you visit a variety of holiday locations!

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 their 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 the drop-off point in front of Macy's, Herald Square, at 104 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001.

Are we on the bus the whole tour?

No. The tour takes place on a coach bus since the locations are spread around Manhattan. The vehicle will stop a few times throughout the tour to let guests walk around, take pictures, and visit some locations. 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?

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, site access, 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, the tour is only conducted in English. However, since so much of the tour is visual, visitors from non-English-speaking countries may still enjoy the tour just the same.

What type of bus is used?

The tour is conducted on a closed luxury coach bus. It is heated in the winter.

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 wheelchair accessible?

Yes, a wheelchair-accessible bus can be arranged with at least 24 hours advance notice. Please leave a comment in the "Have Special Needs?" section above if you or anyone in your party require this assistance when booking your reservation. The wheelchair lifts can accommodate up to approximately 600lbs 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 the 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 all passengers 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.