Let’s visit Christmas in New York City as we celebrate this festive season in one of the most exciting cities in the world! The winter holidays bring a host of holiday events and special occasions to this special city, and the whole town positively sparkles with excitement. Unwrap your own bit of magic on this holiday tour full of magic and plenty of winter cheer.
Day 1, 12/2:
Today we motorcoach to St. Louis and catch our flight to New York City. We will transfer to the Novotel Times Square, our deluxe accommodations for the next four nights. Luggage handling is included. Enthrall in the electricity and excitement of Manhattan in 4-star comfort at Novotel New York Times Square. Sleek, contemporary designs enhance your soundproof room and offer a tranquil vantage point for breathtaking city views. Supernova Restaurant and Bar creates unforgettable dining. The Terrace, the perfect place for a drink in the evening, includes breathtaking Times Squares views. You will enjoy free WiFi, workspace, LCD TV, iPad® dock, high-tech fitness center and lobby video games.
We will then be met by our New York City guide and begin our visit with a delicious dinner. After dinner, we will drive by a combination of Christmas movie locations, Christmas store windows and lights on display.
The first Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center was erected in 1931, during the construction of Rockefeller Center, when workers decorated a smaller 20 foot balsam fir with strings of cranberries, garlands of paper, and even a few tin cans. The lighting of the 50-foot-tall first official tree was two years later and the tree became what Rockefeller Center dubbed “a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike”. A skating rink was opened below the tree in the plaza in 1936. Since then, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been a yearly tradition. According to Rockefeller Center’s website, the tree was “from the beginning … a gathering place and reflection of what was happening in the world around it”. (D)
Day 2, 12/3:
Enjoy a delicious breakfast this morning before meeting our NYC guide to transfer to the NATIONAL 9/11 MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM. Through commemoration, exhibitions and educational programs, the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum remembers and honors the 2,983 people killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, as well as those who risked their lives to save others and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath of the attacks.
This afternoon let’s visit Bryant Park Village Christmas Market or you can hop a cab and do your own Christmas shopping!
This evening, dinner is included before we attend The Nutcracker® at the New York City Ballet. NYCB’s landmark version of the Balanchine favorite, which The New York Times has called “the gold standard” Nutcracker, premiered on February 2, 1954 and helped to establish The Nutcracker and its score as perennial favorites in the United States. A signature event of the holiday season in New York City, with the exception of the 2020 season when performances were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this treasured classic had been performed by NYCB every year since its premiere more than 65 years ago.
Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most breathtaking costumes, sets and dancing on earth. (B, D)
Day 3, 12/4:
Following our daily delicious breakfast, we will meet our city guide for a short tour of LOWER MANHATTAN before arriving at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL where we will share the joy of the holidays at the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes®, presented by Chase at Radio City Music Hall as it transforms into an immersive, winter wonderland. The Rockettes are a quintessential part of Christmas in New York and seeing the Radio City Rockettes® has become a theatrical rite of passage. Performing at Radio City Music Hall each year, we will witness the legendary dance company take to the stage and watch the uniform dances perfectly executed without missing a beat.
There will be time for lunch on our own before returning for the RADIO CITY BACKSTAGE TOUR, where you will go behind the scenes of the Showplace of the Nation! You will explore the history and beauty of Radio City Music Hall on this 75-minute guided tour, while discovering art deco masterpieces including the palatial 60-foot high Grand Foyer and visiting Radio City’s secret apartment, The Roxy Suite. There will also be exclusive views of the majestic auditorium while hearing the history of this iconic Great Stage. Plus, complete your tour by meeting a Radio City Rockette and commemorate your experience with a photo!!
We will return to the hotel for a little time to freshen up before an included delicious dinner. The remainder of the evening is free for you to explore, attend another show on your own or just relax. (B, D)
Day 4, 12/5:
This morning, we are joined by our city tour guide for a short tour of Midtown Manhattan, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, on the way to Radio City Music Hall.
Then we will visit the METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART to see the world-famous Christmas tree decorated with Baroque Neapolitan Creche figures.
For lunch on your own and shopping, we will then visit another Christmas Market. Or, if you prefer, you can return to the hotel and do your own thing this afternoon.
Dinner is included tonight. Following dinner, we will visit Little Italy and Chinatown. (B, D)
Day 5, 12/6:
Following breakfast this morning, we depart for home, with spectacular memories of CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK CITY! (B)
- Motorcoach transportation to and from St. Louis Lambert International Airport/gratuity
- Motorcoach transportation in New York City/gratuity
- Round-trip flight to New York City from STL
- Four nights’ deluxe accommodations at Novotel Times Square/Luggage handling
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Christmas Markets
- Tour of NYC Christmas movie locations, Christmas store windows and lights
- 9/11 Memorial and Museum
- Radio City Rockettes – mezzanine seating
- Radio City Backstage Tour
- Four buffet breakfasts and four dinners
- Daily New York City licensed guide/gratuity
- The Nutcracker® at the New York City Ballet – mezzanine seating
- Fully escorted by Jane’s Journeys LLC
Cost per person:
$500 deposit with reservation; final payment is due before October 1, 2021.
Cancellation insurance due to illness is available for this tour. Insurance is to be purchased with reservation deposit.
|Insurance Cost per person:||$233 double/triple||$206 Quad||$331 single|