New York City Seasonal & holiday activities

Our most recommended New York City Seasonal & holiday activities

From NYC: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Shopping Tour

1. From NYC: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Shopping Tour

Spend the day at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, New York's largest outlet center, and get discounts at 220 stores. The Woodbury Common bus from NYC departs daily from Times Square, taking you to upstate New York for an all-day shopping spree. Choose a departure time that fits your schedule. There are over 220 stores featuring discounts on brand name and designer merchandise including, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Gap, Nike, Puma, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, and much more. You will be provided with instructions for shopping online e-Booklet for more discounts and faster shopping. Don't worry about being hungry while doing all of that shopping; you can bring that healthy appetite to any of the 15 dining establishments right inside the Woodbury Common shopping complex. There's something there for every tastebud. Daily departures and flexible returns are available, with reserved seating on a scheduled bus, to give you maximum flexibility, convenience, and safety during these uncertain times.

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

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

Experience Christmas in New York City on a comfortable 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. Enjoy this lively Italian-American neighborhood with your tour guide. Due to narrow streets, buses are not allowed in Dyker Heights, so hop off the bus and follow your guide to the two most illuminated streets in the area. See Lucy Spata's house, which started the tradition of Dyker Lights in the '80s. Walk along the most spectacularly decorated houses. Next, stop at the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy the view of the Manhattan Skyline and the 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

3. 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 Christmas Lights Bus Tour

4. From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

After pickup from Manhattan, the tour bus will take you through the Battery Tunnel directly to the borough of Brooklyn. Once you are in Brooklyn you'll head to the Dyker Heights district, an Italian-American neighborhood famous for its elaborate houses and gardens. Each year residents compete between each other to put up spectacular Christmas decorations, illuminations, and displays. Your tour guide will tell you about the origin and history of this tradition, before giving you free time to walk the streets to admire and take pictures of the houses. Once you have finished strolling around the neighborhood, you will get back on the bus to head to the Brooklyn Bridge. There you will enjoy the different viewpoints, with more free time to take pictures of the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Finally, you will return to Manhattan where the tour ends. You can feel free to ask your guide for local tips and recommendations on what else to see and do during your visit to New York City.

NYC: New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner Fireworks Harbor Cruise

5. NYC: New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner Fireworks Harbor Cruise

Countdown to midnight and toast the New Year with unbeatable views of the New Year’s fireworks while you cruise around Manhattan on the Spirit of New York. You and your guests will enjoy a holiday dinner buffet freshly prepared by the chef along with an open bar. Savor a 3-hour New Year's Eve dinner cruise featuring delectable cuisine, elegant décor, and stunning views that make for an unforgettable holiday. Imaginative culinary creations, a sparkling wine toast, and a live DJ combine to create an unforgettable New York experience. While onboard, experience exceptional views of New York City’s iconic skyline, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Hudson and East Rivers with your friends and family. Choose your departure point from either Pier 61 or Pier 15. Dinner Buffet Sample Menu SALADS (ALL SALADS ACCOMPANIED BY FRESH BREADS AND BUTTER)CAESAR SALADRomaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Crouton | Traditional Caesar DressingMESCULIN SALAD (G*)(V)(N)Dried Cranberries | Feta Cheese | Sliced Almonds | Orange Champagne Vinaigrette | *Contains NutsKALE QUINOA SALAD (V)(G*)(VG)Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette MAINPASTA AL FORNO (V)Alfredo Sauce | Panko Parmesan CrustHONEY SESAME CHICKENScallions | Fresno Chilies OVEN ROASTED WHITEFISH (G*)Spicy Tomato | White Bean RaguHAND CARVED PRIME RIB (G*)Spice Rub | Horseradish Crème | Au Jus COMPLEMENTSROASTED BROCCOLI (G*)(V)(VG)Toasted Garlic | Chili FlakesGARLIC MASHED POTATOES (V)Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic DESSERTSEASONAL DESSERT STATION (V)(N)Assorted Cakes | Brownies, Pastries | Seasonal Fruit | *Contains Nuts

NYC: New Year's Eve All-Inclusive Party Cruise 2023

6. NYC: New Year's Eve All-Inclusive Party Cruise 2023

Celebrate the New Year on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise of the Hudson River with the magic of the New York skyline as your backdrop. Drink champagne and take in the enchanting New York City fireworks at midnight. Enjoy a delicious selection of passed hors d'oeuvres (Cheese plates, Crudité, Beef Short Ribs wrapped in Bacon, Blue Cheese Butter Chicken Pops with Buffalo Drizzle, Vegetable Spring Rolls and Mini Dauphinois Potatoes au Gratin), a premium open bar with beer and wine, plus a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Keep the party going with a live DJ on board and dance until next year. Get ready for the countdown and toast with a glass of champagne. Continue celebrating for an hour after midnight until your cruise returns back to the port.

From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Holiday Bus Tour

7. 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.

New York Botanical Garden: Holiday Train Show & Glow Tickets

8. New York Botanical Garden: Holiday Train Show & Glow Tickets

Holiday Train Show This beloved tradition returns for its 30th year with a miniature wonderland in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at model trains zipping through an enchanting display of more than 175 famous New York landmarks—imagine the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and other favorites—each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as pine cones, acorns, and seeds. You’ll also discover a showcase of the Garden’s very own iconic buildings such as the iconic Haupt Conservatory and—new for this year—the majestic LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building, both designated New York City landmarks. GLOW: An Outdoor Color and Light Experience This holiday season, let it GLOW at The New York Botanical Garden. Discover the beauty of the Garden and its historic buildings after dark, breathtakingly illuminated with a newly expanded 1.5-mile colorful experience. These lively nights return for their second year at NYBG with more displays to wander through and explore. See the Garden’s iconic sights and buildings come to life as dramatic, glittering canvases with the Haupt Conservatory and Mertz Library Building as the centerpieces. Washes of brilliant color, thousands of dazzling LEDs, illuminated plant stories, and whimsical, picture-perfect installations reflect the surrounding gardens and collections—creating a spectacle not to be missed! Enjoy a drink, hot cocoa, and a bite to eat available for purchase at one of the outdoor bars or the Bronx Night Market Holiday Pop-Up. Take in even more festive evening offerings with artistic ice sculpting, music, and pop-up performances around the Garden. 

NYC: Holiday Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols

9. NYC: 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 City: Christmas Lights Horse Carriage Ride

10. New York City: Christmas Lights 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 199 reviews

Very relaxing, crew was polite and attentive, the band was great and the guide narrations were on point. We had a great time on the cruise and at Bear Mountain.

Lydian was extremely engaging and enthusiastic about their tour. They made the experience very fun and sets a high standard for their practice.

Pleasant stroll within great historical neighborhood. Lots of facts to round out the legends.

This was a fun and interesting tour. Luke did a great job!

Great trip to the Hudson Valley with non-stop shopping