We had the opportunity to test drive the ever so popular and timely Holiday Lights and Movie Sites tour organized by On Location Tours that offers film and movie tours around NYC. The tour runs from November 28 to January 1 on Thursday, Friday & Sunday at 5:30pm and Saturday at 5:30pm & 7pm. If you're interested in taking one of their tours, see our concierge and he can set it up for you.
We met our tour guide at the Shops at Columbus Circle where we were give a VIP shopping passes to use at the stores and restaurants at Time Warner Center. From there we hopped on the bus and drove through the Upper West Side to relive holiday scenes from Scrooged and New Year’s Eve making a stop at Lincoln Center for photos. Next we passed through Central Park while watching clips from countless holiday classics that were filmed in the park, such as Home Alone 2 and Elf. Once on the Upper East Side we saw Serendipity 3, the restaurant where Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) share the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, The Plaza Hotel, FAO Schwartz and the Unicef Snowlake. Next stop was at Bloomingdales to take a peek at the department store’s holiday window displays.
From there we continued the tour through midtown to view more of the city’s most renowned displays of the season, like Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Harry Winston, familiar from Eloise at Christmastime and The Family Man. Continuing the journey down Fifth Avenue we passed Rockefeller Center for a view of the most famous Christmas tree in New York seen in Home Alone 2, Noel and Elf. We also stopped at Barneys windows as well as at Lord & Taylor to see their interesting "Journey Through Imagination" window displays.
The tour ended at the world famous Macy’s in Herald Square, home to the real Santa in Miracle on 34th Street. Their windows are also quite fabulous. Happy Holidays from all of us at The Salisbury Hotel!