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Discover the Magic of Luxury NYC Christmas Tours

It’s still summer in the city but the team at Beyond Times Square is already looking ahead to our favorite metropolis’s most magical month – December. Yes, it may be the last month on the calendar but it’s number one in our minds.

And with good reason. New York City takes on an entirely new persona come December, as it transforms nearly every building, every window, every public space – and beyond – into a spectacular reminder that it is Christmas – aka – the most wonderful time of the year!

Along with those spectacularly over-the-top window displays, that world-famous sky-high Christmas tree and the marquee on Radio City Music Hall proudly displaying “Christmas Spectacular Featuring the Rockettes” – there are countless other joyous sights, sounds and experiences that only happen this time of year.

From those wonderful Santas ringing their festive bells for charitable causes all over town to A Christmas Carol on Broadway to holiday-themed pop-up bars to NYC Christmas tours and more – the Big Apple has an often-overwhelming selection of holiday-themed things to see and do.

And that brings me to the purpose of this blog – which is to help you make the most of your time spent in NYC this holiday season. So, grab a cup of hot chocolate and tell Alexa to play your favorite holiday tunes (humor me) because I am going to tell you just how you can indulge in luxury holiday experiences courtesy of the festive and fabulous team of experts here at BTSQ.


Home Alone 2: Christmas in New York Private Tour

One of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time is undoubtedly Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, where we see Kevin McAllister embark on yet another solo adventure – this time in New York City. And now Kevin’s very memorable – and unplanned – escapades in the Big Apple are the inspiration for one of our most popular holiday offerings – our Home Alone 2: Christmas in New York Private Tour.

For five hours, a private luxury vehicle will transport you into the heart of Kevin’s journey – but don’t worry, you won’t be doing any of this alone. Your expert tour guide will be there, sharing fun facts and insider information about each location you visit.

Prepare yourself for an enchanting journey, as you embark on a delightful experience that will take you to the illustrious Plaza Hotel, where Kevin effortlessly duped the staff, to the snow-covered Central Park, where he melted the heart of the “pigeon lady,” and to one of the world’s most renowned toy stores, FAO Schwarz (renamed Duncan’s Toy Chest for the film), where he forged a new friendship and thwarted a robbery.

But that’s not all – there are numerous other adventures awaiting you along the way! And the grand finale? You’ll cap off this memorable day with a visit to your choice of one of four of the Big Apple’s observation decks for a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city all gussied up in its holiday best. 

This NYC Christmas tour is perfect for anyone who wants to relive their favorite movie moments while exploring New York City during its most festive season. (Oh! I must also mention that, unlike Kevin, you won’t have two bumbling burglars to outwit on this enjoyable adventure!)

Manhattan Holiday Lights Private Tour

The major retailers in Manhattan never disappoint come December. From those elaborately decorated windows that they unveil each holiday season, to entire buildings decked out in festive lighting, accents – and – in some cases even music, to that world-famous brilliantly illuminated Christmas tree that towers over Rockefeller Center to the world’s largest Menorah – the holiday décor is nothing short of phenomenal.

Thanks to our Manhattan Holiday Lights Private Tour, you can soak in all this holiday spirit without having to brave the elements or deal with the crowds. Instead, you can sit back and relax in the comfort of your private luxury vehicle while your personal chauffeur takes care of navigating the busy NYC streets and your expert tour guide provides fascinating insights into the history and significance of these holiday decorations, making the experience even more enriching.

Crazy Christmas Lights of Brooklyn Private Tour

If you think the borough of Manhattan has the monopoly on holiday decorations in New York City, then you haven’t been to Brooklyn! The highlight of this tour is the now infamous Dyker Heights neighborhood – which – thanks to the 2001 PBS documentary Dyker Lights and a feature on TLC’s Crazy Lights of Christmas – has become a must-see if you are in or around the area from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.

Holiday decorations on steroids is an understatement here, folks! From over-the-top light displays to extravagant inflatable characters, Dyker Heights goes all out to spread holiday cheer. Adults and children alike have no choice but to get into the holiday spirit after witnessing this neighborhood’s dedication to creating a magical holiday atmosphere that will leave you in awe.

With our Crazy Christmas Lights of Brooklyn Private Tour, you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in this winter wonderland while being driven around the neighborhood in your comfortable private luxury vehicle while your knowledgeable tour guide provides interesting facts and countless stories about the neighborhood and its holiday traditions.

Preview of Coming Attractions

Just like Santa’s elves are hard at work making new toys for all the good little boys and girls – the experts at Beyond Times Square are also busy curating more spectacular luxury holiday experiences. What other NYC Christmas tours are on the horizon? 

How about a visit to the city’s infamous holiday markets to cross some presents off of your list? You’re bound to find something for even the hardest-to-buy-for friend or family member at these charming pop-ups that you’ll be delighted to find are filled with unique crafts, jewelry, baked goods and more! Plus, after you’ve shopped till you drop, you’ll be treated to afternoon tea where you can sit back and relax while sipping a cup of your favorite warm brew and snacking on delicious holiday treats.

Do you enjoy New York City’s iconic horse and carriage jaunts? You’ll love our Christmas-themed ride where you can cozy up under a warm blanket with some hot chocolate for a trot around the always enchanting Central Park. Afterward, the excitement continues to Fifth Avenue where you’ll be treated to close-up views of the magical holiday light displays of Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s and countless other popular high-end Manhattan retailers.

And of course, we haven’t forgotten our train enthusiasts! We’re taking the famed Holiday Train Show at the beautiful New York Botanical Gardens and adding our VIP touch just for you. This is one experience that is sure to have you reminiscing about the good old days when just about everyone had an electric train set chugging around a miniature village under their Christmas tree!

Yes – all these and more are being developed in Santa’s – oops – I mean Beyond Times Square’s workshop, so stay tuned for details.


Whether you’re a fan of holiday lights, movie history or simply want to experience the magic of New York City during Christmas, Beyond Times Square has the perfect private tour for you. With our attention to detail, personalized service and commitment to exceeding expectations, we ensure that every luxury traveler has a truly extraordinary and unforgettable experience.

Don’t miss out on these incredible seasonal tours – contact our Experience Designers today to book your spot and make your holiday season one to remember. To find out more – and for the best availability, contact our merry and oh-so-bright Experience Designers TODAY!