From the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree flanked by its stunning ice rink, to some of the best Christmas markets in the country, to the Radio City Rockettes…nothing quite rings in the Holidays like a visit to New York City during December. Unpack and stay for four nights at the iconic Hotel Beacon, located in Manhattan’s trendy Central Park West, as you share the joyous sights and sounds of New York City at Christmastime with your fellow travelers.
- Delight in the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular Show
- See Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas Tree
- Experience a moving visit to the World Trade Center Memorial & Museum
- Enjoy the Neil Diamond Musical, “A Beautiful Noise”
STAY AT THE HOTEL BEACON!
For your Manhattan Yuletide celebration, unpack for four nights at the stately Hotel Beacon situated perfectly amid the tree-lined streets and landmark buildings of the historic Upper West Side. With wonderful views of the Hudson River, Midtown Manhattan, and Central Park, the Beacon features tasteful, oversized rooms (with kitchenettes) and sophisticated, relaxing atmosphere throughout. Centrally located amid dozens of New York’s great cultural establishments, it’s also an ideal home-base for your free-time explorations.
DAY 1—WELCOME TO NEW YORK CITY!
With included transfers provided from New York City’s La Guardia Airport, our time together begins at the Hotel Beacon, a haven of comfort amid the bustling excitement of New York City during the Christmas season. Feel just like a local on an optional short walk with your Discoveries Director. We’ll explore our surrounding residential neighborhood conveniently located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Afterwards, enjoy the included evening welcome dinner. D
DAY 2—ROCKEFELLER PLAZA/ROCKETTES/CHRISTMAS MARKET
Start the morning with a satisfying breakfast before we are whisked away to enjoy one of the city’s top seasonal attractions—a walk through tinselfilled Rockefeller Plaza. Get an up-close view of the beautiful decorations and sparkling lights that adorn what has become a world-wide symbol of the holidays, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. From there, we head down the block to see the magical Christmas Spectacular by the Radio City Rockettes. Experience wonder like never before with NYC’s favorite holiday tradition featuring sensational dance numbers, dazzling special effects, and even Santa Claus himself! After, we’ll walk over to Ellen’s Stardust Restaurant, home of the world-famous singing waitresses, for one of New York’s favorite lunches. Next, we visit the Bryant Park Christmas Market. This European inspired open-air market features artisans from around the world. Tonight, you’re free to explore the neighborhood’s restaurants or perhaps take in a show next door at the Beacon Theatre (2023 schedule pending). B, L
DAY 3—RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL/MANHATTAN CRUISE/STATUE OF LIBERTY
No visit to New York at Christmas time would be complete without a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. First built in 1879, the Manhattan landmark is renowned for its soaring spires, colossal organ, and exemplary rose window. Then, enjoy guided tour of the legendary Radio City Music Hall. Get an inside look of this famed theater and meet a Rockette! In the afternoon, check off many of the city’s iconic sights as we completely circumnavigate the island of Manhattan on a river cruise with an included lunch. Pass under 20 bridges and gaze at over 130 landmarks such as One World Trade Center, the growing Brooklyn waterfront, legendary Yankee Stadium, beautiful Gracie Mansion, the stately George Washington Bridge, and of course, an up close look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Tonight, enjoy free time on your own to perhaps take in a concert at Lincoln Center (taxi or Uber required), or stroll through the Upper West Side enjoying Christmas light displays. B, L
DAY 4—WORLD TRADE CENTER MEMORIAL/BROADWAY!
Today our moving visit to the World Trade Center site starts at St. Paul’s Chapel and continues to the powerfully moving waterfall set in the footprint of both towers. Later, visit the recently opened World Trade Center Memorial Museum. This Memorial Museum tells the story of 9/11 through media, personal narratives, and a riveting collection of monumental and authentic artifacts from the fateful day. When the sun goes down, we savor an included dinner before capping off the evening at Broadway to see the Neil Diamond Musical, “A Beautiful Noise”. This unique show will highlight the uplifting story of Neil Diamond and some of his legendary songs, including “Sweet Caroline”, “America”, “Cracklin’ Rosie”, and more! With the performances of Tony Award® winners and Academy Award® nominees, we guarantee this stop to Broadway will have you understanding that the good times never seemed so good! B, D
After breakfast, for those who wish, enjoy a local church service of your choosing (taxi or Uber may be required), and depart at leisure. Included transfers are available from the Hotel Beacon back to New York’s La Guardia Airport. Seeing New York City decked out in the greens and reds of Christmas time will no doubt give a whole new meaning to your holiday season…one you will soon never forget. B
Nights 1-4: Hotel Beacon, New York
Nov 29-Dec 3, 2023
Price Per Person:
Pre/Post Tour Hotel:
Hotel Beacon, Manhattan's Upper West Side (transfer included from New York’s LaGuardia Airport)
Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling of one suitcase per person at hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
Schedule your flight into New York (LaGuardia Airport – LGA) to arrive before 3:00pm on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home any time after 10:30am on Day 5. (Note, this allows travelers to enjoy breakfast before they leave. Travelers can depart earlier, but may not be able to take part in breakfast.)
Our starting hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from the New York LaGuardia Airport-LGA.
Moderate to extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Please keep in mind that New York in busy during this season, and sidewalks will be congested. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.
High of 44°, low of 31°
All rooms feature a fully-equipped kitchenette, marble bathroom with hair dryer, an iron and board, electronic safe, Keurig coffee maker, complimentary high-speed Internet, and The New York Times newspaper; the hotel features a bar, business center (24/7), and fitness center (24/7).
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Travel Protection Available?
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.