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Summary

Shop the top holiday markets in New York City. Learn about the rich traditions and long history of Christmas in the city.

View festive bright lights and elaborate holiday window displays at some of Manhattan's most famous department stores.

Get into the holiday season by visiting four of New York’s most attractive traditional holiday markets with their dizzying array of hand-crafted goods, local art, desserts, fashionable winter attire, traditional food, and warm Christmas drinks. On this four hour tour, you will learn the rich history of how the city shaped Christmas traditions as you make your way through the finest seasonal markets. You will see holiday lights, Christmas movie sites, and charming holiday department store window decorations along the way. With our top recommendations at every market, you’ll have no trouble getting all your holiday shopping done!

Details

$45 per person

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 3:30 PM in December

4 hours (1.7 mi / 2.4 km)

Meeting Place: Information Desk under the "Holiday Under the Stars" display at Shops at Columbus Circle (located inside Time Warner Center at 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023)

End Point: Union Square Park

Please purchase a MetroCard for a single ride before your tour. For those of your who are returning to a previous destination, purchase a round-trip ticket

This tour is not wheelchair acceptable. Please contact us for further information.

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Reviews

"My husband and I did the NY Christmas Markets and Holiday Lights tour ... back in December 2015. First off, my husband and I are locals but had moved away for approx. 10 years before coming back to the city. I wanted to learn more about what holiday changes had occurred in the city so we signed up for this tour.

"We experienced lights and markets starting from Columbus Circle (59th St) all the way to Union Square (14th St). You will walk the city and ride the subway which is a perfect experience whether you are just visiting or live here. Be prepared for crowds but also for the experience that makes NYC what it is. Bring an open mind, a warm heart, and patience and you will not be disappointed.

"I cannot say enough kind things about ... our guide. Manhattan is a mess during the holidays...let's just be honest about that. [The Tour Guide], on the other hand, was organized, structured, warm, kind and just a gem of a person. She brought magic and warmth to this tour. I promised her I would write a review and as severely tardy as I am, I still can still very fondly remember what a terrific person she was. I have contacted the company about touring ... again and what is more proof of a terrific experience than repeat business.

"..., thank you for sharing the magic of NYC during the holidays with us! We enjoyed our time with you and would love to do another tour with you in the near future." --AJS515, New York, NY

Reviews

"My husband and I did the NY Christmas Markets and Holiday Lights tour ... back in December 2015. First off, my husband and I are locals but had moved away for approx. 10 years before coming back to the city. I wanted to learn more about what holiday changes had occurred in the city so we signed up for this tour.

"We experienced lights and markets starting from Columbus Circle (59th St) all the way to Union Square (14th St). You will walk the city and ride the subway which is a perfect experience whether you are just visiting or live here. Be prepared for crowds but also for the experience that makes NYC what it is. Bring an open mind, a warm heart, and patience and you will not be disappointed.

"I cannot say enough kind things about ... our guide. Manhattan is a mess during the holidays...let's just be honest about that. [The Tour Guide], on the other hand, was organized, structured, warm, kind and just a gem of a person. She brought magic and warmth to this tour. I promised her I would write a review and as severely tardy as I am, I still can still very fondly remember what a terrific person she was. I have contacted the company about touring ... again and what is more proof of a terrific experience than repeat business.

"..., thank you for sharing the magic of NYC during the holidays with us! We enjoyed our time with you and would love to do another tour with you in the near future." --AJS515, New York, NY

Getting Here

Subway Options: 1, A, C, B, or D to Columbus Circle