NYC Christmas Movies Tour

NYC Christmas Movie Tour

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On our brand new pay-what-you-like Holiday Movie Tour of NYC, you can visit some of the most iconic spots from favorite films such as Elf, Home Alone 2, Serendipity, Scrooged and Miracle on 34th Street.  

See the spot where Buddy the Elf triumphed in a snowball fight and where Kevin McAllister met the Pigeon Lady!  In addition to film sites, you will get to experience some of the beautiful holiday decorations and displays as we walk through the city. 

Be sure to also check out our daily Holiday Lights and Window Display Tour). We will warm up with a hot chocolate during this tour and end with a subway ride to Macy’s to meet Santa Claus!  (Check the bus tour version).

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Ghostbusters NYC Movie Locations

Where to Find the Ghostbusters Firehouse and Apartment Building

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This post is a self-guided tour of Ghostbusters locations throughout New York City, including the most famous: the firehouse used as the Ghostbusters base camp.




You now have the chance to be a Ghostbuster yourself at Madame Tussauds in Times Square. In the exhibit Ghostbusters: Dimension, you’ll suit up, strap on a proton pack and gun, and blast your way through a ghost-infested apartment complex.

This unique – and exhilarating experience uses a combination of virtual reality, real-time interactive effects, and a physical set and is not like anything you have experienced before. You don’t even need to be a Ghostbusters fan to appreciate this high tech adventure. 

Admission to Madame Tussauds is included for free in several tourist discount passes.

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Christmas and Holiday Shows in New York City

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This post lists the many Christmas shows in NYC, including musicals, ballet performances, winter holiday-themed plays and movies that you can see the holidays. Fortunately, many shows start in November and run until early January, giving travelers more opportunity to see one of the best holiday spectaculars found only in NYC. 




Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Even though the Rockettes originated in St. Louis, these high-kicking ladies have become synonymous with New York City. During the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular the Rockettes perform their famous “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” as well as a variety of other numbers. Read more »

Statue of Liberty Pedestal Tickets

How to Get Pedestal Tickets for the Statue of Liberty

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This post will explain how to get Statue of Liberty pedestal tickets, including last minute or sold out tickets, security, and other tips on planning your visit.




There are three different ticket options available for the Statue of Liberty:

  • Ground Access (General Admission)
  • Pedestal Access
  • Crown Access

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How to Get Free Tickets to the Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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This post explains how to get free tickets for The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. This show is very popular which means that getting tickets will require some advanced planning on your part. We lay out all the information below. 

If you really love Trevor Noah, you should check out our post on Things to Do in November, when the New York Comedy Festival happens. Trevor Noah is often one of the headline acts.


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New York City's skyline @fotolia

Watch the Ball Drop in Times Square on New Years Eve

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This post is about Times Square on New Year’s Eve with tips on how to get a good spot to celebrate and view the ball drop. There is no costs and no tickets to watch the ball drop, but you need to develop a plan.




The ball is dropped from the top of 1 Times Square at 42nd Street just south of the intersection of Broadway and 7th Ave. This means that the viewing area is quite large.

The ball can be viewed from Broadway, between 43rd Street and 50th Street. You can also see the ball along 7th Avenue from 43rd Street to 59th Street. However, the lower the street number you are on, the closer you are to the ball.

The area will have barricades and you can only enter at designated entry points. They are located along 8th Ave., 7th Ave, Broadway, and 6th Ave. (See map below)



  • 6th Avenue – 38th, 49th, 52nd, 54th, 58th, 59th streets
  • 7th Avenue37th, 57th streets
  • 8th Avenue – 38th, 49th, 52nd, 55th, 58th, 59th streets
  • Broadway37th, 57th streets

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The Friends Apartment NYC

Friends Apartment Building in New York

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This post will explain how you can find the apartment building used in the hit TV show Friends, which is a regular stop on the pay-what-you-like Free Tours by Foot’s Greenwich Village Tour.


How to Find the Friends Apartment


TIP: If you are eager to locate TV and movie locations throughout the Big Apple, which includes many Friends locations, then consider taking the On Location Tours NYC TV & Movie Tour. Reserve here.

These tours are included for free with both the Explorer Pass and the New York Pass. If you are not sure which pass to get, read our comparison post on the different discount tourist passes

New York Tourist Discount Passes


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New York Wall Street bull

The New York Charging Bull Statue

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This post is about how to find the Wall Street Bull, officially known as the Charging Bull, the popular bronze statue and financial icon, along with a brief history of the Bull and the Fearless Girl Statue.”


Listen to Tour Guide Renee tell the story of the Charging Bull


If you want to see what he is up to right now, check out this cool live webcam feed of the Charging Bull.



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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Route (2018)

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This post explains the essentials of attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018, whether you need tickets, where to stand, when to go and what to expect. 



On Thursday, November 22, 2018, Macy’s Department Store will host their Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. For many, the parade marks the start of the Christmas season.

In fact, just 6 days after the parade, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is turned on.  To fully enjoy NYC during the holidays, be sure to read our Guide to Christmas in New York.

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