The lights of New York City never shine brighter than during the holidays. From the 30,000 twinkling bulbs that bedeck the 80-foot tree at Rockefeller Center to the Empire State Building’s world famous spire festively glowing in red and green, when it comes to Christmas lights New York City really gets into the spirit.
And the best way for visitors to see them all is OnBoard Tours Holiday Lights Tour, a dedicated 3.5-hour bus charter led by licensed guides who actually get off the bus at each stop, allowing each guest unparalleled access to their extensive knowledge about New York City.
You’ll get to see the whimsical window displays at the “Miracle on 34th Street” department store Macy’s, where detailed dioramas depicting scenes from classic Christmas films are always a big draw for New Yorkers and visitors alike. A few blocks away, the Fifth Avenue flagship stores likewise take great pains to craft memorable holiday window displays — from Lord & Taylor’s family friendly Christmas tableaus, to Bergdorf Goodman’s ultra haute holiday scenes.
OnBoard Tours Holiday Lights Tour also drives through Columbus Circle at the southwest corner of Central Park, where you’ll see the Time Warner Center, which is known for its larger-than-life 14-foot star-shaped ornaments that are the spectacular centerpiece of an ongoing “Holiday Under the Stars” light show. Nearby, Lincoln Center is always a sight to behold with its stunning architecture and iconic fountain. But during the holidays a huge tree lights up the square, making it feel like the perfect location for a romantic holiday moment in NYC.
The OnBoard Tours Holiday Lights Tour continues through the epicenter of all thing bright —Times Square, of course! — which becomes even brighter during the holiday season, if you can believe it. And then it’s on to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, an 80-foot wonder topped with a massive Swarovski star. With a final stop at the Holiday Market and skating rink at Bryant Park on 42nd Street, there’s no way you won’t be in the spirit after spending a night with OnBoard Tours Holiday Lights Tour.
After all, walking from one spectacular Christmas display to another during December is a long, cold haul. When you let OnBoard Tours shuttle you from one stop to the next in comfort, you’ll have enough energy left in your legs for a few turns around the rink under the stars. And what could be better than that?
What’s your favorite Christmas lights display in New York City?