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The Best NYC Luxury Holiday Travel Experiences in a Nutshell

As hard as it is to believe, we are gearing up for the holidays once again here at Beyond Times Square. (I mean, wasn’t I just writing about our amazing summer experiences?) In any case, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year in New York City – which is why I am here to tell you how to make it even more fabulous – with a little help from BEYOND TIMES SQUARE – aka the experts in NYC luxury holiday travel.

So, without further ado I introduce to you our 2022 VIP holiday lineup – cheers!


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Private Thanksgiving Balloon Inflation Tour

Ever wonder where those ginormous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are hiding out prior to the big day – or the process it takes to get them to stay afloat during the two-and-a-half-mile trek along the parade route? Wonder no more, because our Private Thanksgiving Balloon Inflation Tour, conducted by an expert tour guide, will take you right into the center of the action on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  As you walk around the designated balloon inflation site, you will see your favorite characters come to life before your very eyes, chat with the volunteers who help to make it happen and perhaps even get some insider tips and tales!  

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Exclusive Thanksgiving Parade Viewing Party at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

You can get up at the crack of dawn and head to the parade route. Once there, you can stand outside, shoulder to shoulder with a crowd of people who-knows-how-many-rows-deep rows deep, for five or six hours in who-knows-what-kind-of-weather this particular NYC November morning will bring. OR – you can head to the elegant Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House located right on the parade route. Once there you can walk in, enjoy a delicious hot breakfast and brunch buffet, be entertained while awaiting the parade’s arrival then take it all in from an indoor climate-controlled venue with bathroom facilities. Enough said.

VIP Radio City Roxy Suite Reception & Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes

If you are in town for the parade, there’s no better reason to stick around an extra day than the opportunity our VIP Radio City Roxy Suite Reception & Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes offers! In this experience, we bring together one almost 90-year-old New York City holiday tradition and one stunning and historic suite to bring you an evening of luxury, fabulous food and drink and premium seating for the performance. It all starts with an intimate private reception – catered by world-famous Tao – in what was once an apartment for legendary theatrical impresario Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel and finishes with amazing seating front and center in the 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th row. It’s all happening Friday, November 25th and only available from yours truly via one of the newest additions to our 2022 holiday experiences.

Manhattan Holiday Lights Private Tour

The major retailers in Manhattan never disappoint come December thanks to those elaborately decorated windows they unveil each holiday season. And many of them even take it a step further and deck out their entire building in festive lighting and accents. Then of course there’s that world-famous brilliantly illuminated Christmas tree that towers over Rockefeller Center. Oh, and don’t forget the world’s largest Menorah! So, what do all of these have in common? They can all be viewed from the comfort – and warmth – of our Manhattan Holiday Lights Private tour. Don’t brave the elements or jostle through the crowds on your own – let one of Beyond Times Square’s expert tour guides and drivers chauffeur you around to all of the must-see décors in style.

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. Adults and children alike have no choice but to get into the holiday spirit after witnessing this neighborhood’s dedication to going all out for the holidays. And once again you can take it all in from a private luxury vehicle that includes a very professional – and knowledgeable – Beyond Times Square tour guide and driver.

Home Alone 2: Christmas in New York Private Tour

Kevin McAllister’s very memorable – and unplanned – adventure in New York City is the inspiration for our newest private holiday tour. From duping the staff at the famed Plaza Hotel, to warming the heart of the “pigeon lady” in Central Park, to making a new friend at Duncan’s Toy Chest – aka FAO Schwarz – all these (and many more!) are stops you’ll make on this delightful six-hour tour. But that’s not all – because we cap it off with a trip to the observatory at One World Trade Center for a bird’s eye view of the city all gussied up in its holiday best. (Oh! I must also mention that unlike Kevin, you won’t have two bumbling burglars to outwit on this enjoyable adventure!)

VIP New Year’s Eve Gala in Times Square

Speaking of NYC luxury holiday travel – while Home Alone 2: Christmas in New York is our newest tour offering – our VIP New Year’s Eve Gala at the sleek R Lounge at the Renaissance New York Times Square is our newest special event. And honestly – special doesn’t even begin to describe it. This is THE best live ball drop party to be found on December 31st for numerous reasons. Some of the most important of those reasons? Well, there’s location, location, location – right in the heart of Times Square with a straight-on view of the iconic ball; intimacy – we are only allowing 150 guests into the venue; the food and drink – a scrumptious menu complemented by a premium open bar and the extras – live entertainment, a DJ and dancing. All this and more await those sophisticated travelers who want to ring in 2023 with luxury and class!


And there you have it – Beyond Times Square’s NYC luxury holiday travel offerings for 2022 in the proverbial nutshell. But, before I let you go, I’d also like to mention that we do have hotel packages available for both our Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve events – but fair warning – rooms are going fast. To find out more – and to book your spot before they’re all gone – contact our merry and oh-so-bright Destination Experts TODAY