Christmas in New York City: A Holiday Wonderland
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of a great time and visit New York City! Because the Big Apple does the holidays better than anywhere else in the country, your must-see itinerary almost doubles thanks to all the amazing events and sights. Let us at USA Guided Tours show you the best of New York City’s famous landmarks in our packed yet relaxed daytime and evening bus tours so that you can fit in all the extra holiday cheer!
When you join us on our “Discover NY” daytime bus tour, you’ll experience a smorgasbord of landmarks, from historic buildings like Federal Hall and the Flatiron Building to festive neighborhoods like Little Italy and Chinatown — and who can forget Central Park? Be ready to be wowed on our evening NYC guided bus tour, “Big Apple in Lights,” as the City shines even brighter on December nights, from the glow of Times Square and the Columbus Circle Holiday Market to the decorations in Chelsea Market and Grand Central Station.
Once you’ve seen the City’s most popular year-round landmarks with our NYC guided bus tours, you can turn your attention to a holiday-specific checklist. Start with a fan favorite since 1933: the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the famous Rockettes. You’ll be amazed by the precision of their choreography — not to mention the height of those leg kicks! If you prefer classical music, the New York City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker features all 90 dancers in the company and a one-ton Christmas tree that shoots upward to a height of 40 feet.
Since we at USA Guided Tours have shown you the best of Manhattan and Brooklyn, consider a trip to the Bronx for the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens. Over 150 NYC landmarks are created in miniature from bark, leaves, and other plant material, as model trains zip over, under, around, and through the sights on nearly a half-mile of track. It’s an amazing and joyous piece of art, and children and adults alike will love seeing the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and even the Statue of Liberty literally come alive!
Even our museums get into the holiday spirit. Check out “Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas” at the Morgan Library, where you can see the the original manuscript of “A Christmas Carol” and explore the sources Dickens drew upon when creating timeless characters like Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim.
Finally, you have to view the famous holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman and Macy’s: the elaborate displays will take your breath away! This year, Bergdorf has chosen the theme “To New York With Love,” with each of the 7 colorful windows capturing the essence of beloved cultural institutions like the Botanical Gardens and the American Museum of Natural History.
Then, walk down 5th Avenue — sipping a hot cocoa — to Macy’s in Herald Square to see its theme, “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together.” When there, don’t forget to visit Santa! Santa Land is an over-the-top holiday extravaganza and especially exciting for the kids. Reservations are required, and even then you wait in line. Where better to wait, though, than Macy’s? Have your friends or family hold your spot in the line while you finish your Christmas shopping!
The ultimate gift, though, won’t come in stores: spending the holidays in New York City with us at USA Guided Tours! So come on over and let us make your season bright!
Sara Murphy | USA Guided Tours NY Blog Contributor