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.

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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.
• 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

Where: 60th Street and Broadway (outside Starbucks on Broadway) near Columbus Circle


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Jeelmo
"Holiday Lights- awesome!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
The holiday lights tour was fantastic. Had a great time seeing the windows at Bloomingdales. We also stopped across from the Plaza Hotel and got to see the Tiffany’s windows. Max was funny and brought holiday cheer to all of us. I won one trivia question!
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Elly M
"Great tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
Fun tour, Gary was a great host! Very knowledgeable and interesting! I really enjoyed his New Yorker tips and the fact he is an actor too!
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Michael H
"When Harry met Seinfeld"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
So much to work with and still only touched the surface. Gave a great comparison between the movies and television show clips and the actual locations some of the stories behind them.
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Divyaa P
"Great tour for movie enthusiasts"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
The tour was informative and fun. Great for movie/nyc enthusiasts like me! The tour guide was really friendly and easy to follow.
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Debbie I
Lubbock, Texas
"Sex and the City Tour - NYC December 2018"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
The tour itself was fantastic. It was great seeing the various locations and hearing the back stories from the actors, etc. Our tour guide "Lou Matthews" did a great job keeping us entertained and on time from the many stops we made. My daughter and I paid the extra fee to be a VIP to have preferred seating; unfortunately our tour guide didn't adhere to the VIPs. The 4 of us that paid the extra fee didn't get the primo seats.
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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.