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From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

1. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

Experience Christmas in New York City on a bus tour of Dyker Heights, world-known for its luminous light displays. Witness the festive decoration tradition that the residents have kept alive since the 1980s. Drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn and see lights from both on the bus and off with a guide. Enjoy this lively Italian-American neighborhood by bus with a live tour guide. Due to narrow streets, buses are not allowed in Dyker Heights, so hop off the bus and follow your guide to the 2 most illuminated streets in the area. See Lucy Spata's house which started the tradition of Dyker Lights in the '80s. Witness the neighborhood's largest at Santa Polizzotto home, standing at 15 feet tall. Next, stop at the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights. Take in the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge for about 25 minutes.  Return via the Manhattan Bridge. End the experience at Bryant Park where you can admire the famous winter market or take a spin on the Ice Rink.

NYC: Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

2. NYC: Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Head to New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall for a night to remember with this outstanding ticket to the annual Christmas Spectacular. Join the Rockettes, Santa Claus, and the Toy Soldiers in this once-in-a-lifetime NYC Christmas experience. See the Radio City Music Hall stage transform into a giant, magical canvas before your very eyes! Extending beyond the stage and onto the ceiling and walls, be amazed as the magic of Christmas surrounds you. Enjoy the legendary Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Santa's magical ride to his workshop at the North Pole, where playful rag dolls come to life, plus the re-enactment of the first Christmas in the Living Nativity.

From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Holiday Bus Tour

3. From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Holiday Bus Tour

Embark on a holiday bus tour taking you through the residential neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights to see their brilliant Christmas decorations. Hop off your bus to see these homes up close on a guided walking tour. Marvel at tree-lined streets and lit up private residences decorated for the holiday season. Learn about the neighborhoods' long-lasting holiday traditions from your local guide. Learn how it has been a tradition for many years to illuminate these homes with tens of thousands of lights and dazzling holiday scenes. Now, it has become a festive competition amongst the homeowners as to who has the "brightest" holiday cheer in the neighborhood. Then, walk through these neighborhoods on a guided tour, hearing the stories and wonderful lore behind this fun holiday event. You may even meet some of the homeowners and hear about how these neighborhoods come together in such a way to bring such holiday magic to New York City. On your way back to Manhattan, see the spectacular New York City skyline and some of the other festive holiday displays throughout the city. At the end of your tour, be dropped off in Midtown Manhattan.

Manhattan Holiday Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols

4. Manhattan Holiday Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols

Celebrate the holiday season in style this Christmas on board a luxury 90-minute yacht cruise of Manhattan Harbor. Step inside the yacht’s toasty solarium, decked out in full holiday décor, and enjoy a warm and cozy tour with your friends, family, and loved ones. Delicious hot cocoa, cookies and treats will be served as you sail past Battery Park, South Street Seaport, the Financial District, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Relax in the heated main observation cabin, join in the caroling, or enjoy the beats of a live jazz trio. Sip on a complimentary glass of champagne, wine or beer, and purchase mixed drinks from the on board bar. Then, watch as the gorgeous views of Manhattan Island sail by, all from the comfort of a heated back-deck salon and glassed-in observatory of the 1920s style yacht.

New York: Tour the Christmas Lights on a Horse Carriage Ride

5. New York: Tour the Christmas Lights on a Horse Carriage Ride

Get into the holiday spirit with a horse carriage tour of the stunning New York Christmas lights in Central Park, 5th Avenue, and Rockefeller Center. Climb aboard at the corner of 59th street and 6th avenue. Plod from here on a route through Central Park to see the warm lights. Continue to admire how 5th avenue is sparkling for the season. Travel along historical landmarks that have put on their Christmas decorations. Reach the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Let the lights make you feel warm and festive. Feel the romance of the season while riding in an old-fashioned carriage.

NYC: THE RIDE Entertainment Experience Ticket

6. NYC: THE RIDE Entertainment Experience Ticket

Take a RIDE through the streets of New York City and experience the vibrant arts and culture that come to life around you. From the moment you step aboard the RIDE’s signature oversized bus with stadium seating and floor-to-ceiling windows, the immersive experience begins.  Sit back while your comedic hosts kick off the experience. Venture through the heart of Times Square, Grand Central, and Central Park, all while watching the streets become the stage. See live street performances taking place while interacting with them from the bus.  Enjoy three rows of stadium seats, plus the most modern audio and visual technology, including speakers that bring inside sounds out onto the streets, enabling RIDErs to go "On Air" and interact with the city. The RIDE is a unique experience featuring Broadway-style entertainment in a whole new way.

New York: Holiday Jazz Cruise Aboard Classic Motor Yacht

7. New York: Holiday Jazz Cruise Aboard Classic Motor Yacht

Join this special holiday cruise and step inside a toasty solarium in full holiday decor for a 90-minute cruise to see the lights of New York City. Cruise the Hudson River and enjoy views of Manhattan's skyline Champagne, hot cocoa, and other beverages are available. Cookies and treats for all guests will be included. Enjoy your evening with friends or a loved one and enjoy this live holiday jazz trio. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view of the island from the heated back deck salon of this 1920s style yacht. On this 90 minute cruise, take in picturesque views from your glassed-in observatory. Sights along the way include: - The Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II in full holiday decor - Cocoa, cookies and live holiday jazz - Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District - Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island A complimentary beer, wine, spiked hot cocoa or Champagne from the bar is offered on all trips. Mixed drinks are available for purchase.

Brooklyn: 1.5-Hour Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

8. Brooklyn: 1.5-Hour Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

See astonishing holiday light displays on a visit to Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood, famous for the incredible decorations planned by its competitive residents. See it all for yourself on a 1.5-hour evening stroll through the area. Admire the most impressive home displays, and learn the story behind this holiday tradition. Have your camera ready for this Christmas lights excursion, to snap photos of the top homes best lighting displays in the neighborhood. Discover the unwritten codes that are followed religiously by the residents of Dyker Heights. Take this tour in Brooklyn and soak up the magical Christmas atmosphere.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular & St. Patrick's Cathedral

9. Radio City Christmas Spectacular & St. Patrick's Cathedral

Enjoy singing, dancing, and humor with Nativity scenes. The Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes is an annual musical holiday stage show presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The 90-minute show features Santa Clause, more than 140 performers, and an original musical score.  The NYC Rockettes' performance of "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity" has been in every edition of the annual show up to the present day. The Rockettes will dance to Here Comes Santa Claus, Dress like Rag Dolls, and much more.  This package includes a self-guided audio tour of St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the United States. Enjoy the fully decorated cathedral during the holiday season. You can listen to the audio tour and explore the Cathedral at your own pace. The audio tour is narrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and is approximately 1 hour long. St Patrick's Cathedral audio tour is available in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and French.

NYC: Sightseeing Holiday Cruise with Drink

10. NYC: Sightseeing Holiday Cruise with Drink

Gather your family or close friends and get ready for a festive daytime sightseeing cruise. Departing from Chelsea Piers, step aboard a classical 1920s-style yacht, all decked out in elegant holiday decor.  See all the major Lower Manhattan sights from the water. Marvel at the sweeping skyline from inside the heated, glassed-in observatory, or venture to the open deck for pictures and unobstructed views. Enjoy light narration by the captain and some holiday music from the sound system. Sit back and relax with a drink at your private table. Spectacular homemade hot cocoa and snacks will be available for purchase. Capacity limitations will follow the New York State guidelines. You will be assigned private tables separated by plexiglass panes, and air will circulate through an advanced filtration system.

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A bus ride like no other as you are guided through some of the many sights of New York City. The guides are comedians and the passengers are their captive audience. At various points on the route, musicians, singers and dancers perform for the audience. The atmosphere is one of a giant party where members of the public are also encouraged to join the fun and many do.

Such a wonderful idea, a tour of NYC with a twist. Air conditioning, extremely enthusiastic tour guides and floor to ceiling glass make for a great view of the city. Throw in street entertainment along the way and you have a truly unique city tour

It was good I had been on it before and had a little better experience. The Ride covered more of New York the first time. As a NYer I was a little disappointed that they didn't touch on Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle

The Ride was great fun. Very entertaining and our on board guides, Scott and Jacquie, kept us laughing all through the trip.

it was fun, a great time, the guides were great we had a lot of laughs totally recommend this