Credit: Peter Burka

Are you starting to find your invading friends or in-laws of France while they have not arrived yet? Send them on a guided tour when they arrive in New York. Here are some of them to experience the Christmas atmosphere in the city.

The illuminated houses of Dyker Heights

The houses of Dyker Heights light up as soon as it gets dark. Credit: CM / French Morning

Our friends from New York Off Road are offering a French outing in this southern Brooklyn neighborhood, where residents compete ingenuously to decorate their big houses. Your guests will not be disappointed: illuminated Christmas characters, garlands galore, delirious decorations, Christmas carols … It's hard not to be impressed. The participating homes are located between 11th and 13th Avenues and 83rd and 86th St. Get off at 79th Street on the D line.

Visit of Radio City Music Hall

credit: Radio City Music Hall

There are few places in New York that evoke Christmas as Radio City Music Hall, the Midtown Hall which since 1933 hosts the impressive Christmas show of the 140 Rockette dancers. Good news: it is possible to discover behind the scenes of this mythical address, its history, its architecture and its huge stage, where the biggest American stars have occurred. Visits every day from 9:30 am (every half hour for a duration of 75 minutes). Available in French.

Christmas movies

Serendipity, scene at Wollman Rink of Central Park

On Location Tours, a specialist in guided tours related to the world of cinema, also offers a tour of the filming locations of holiday movies the most famous. Visitors will board a bus that will pass in front of the Rockefeller Center Fir (which appears in particular in "Mom, I missed the plane 2"), by Central Park and the Upper East Side ("Serendipity") or Macy's ("Miracle on 34th Street"). We will have to revise his classics. Departure from Columbus Circle. Tours in English only.

The Ride Christmas version

credit: The Ride

Another trip on a bus: The Ride. This bus theater is on its 25th (December). For the holidays, guided tours that include city anecdotes, street performances and shows inside the vehicle will take you to New York's iconic landmarks like Bryant Park and Ice Rink, Times Square and Carnegie. Lobby. Participants will stay comfortably on the bus, making The Ride suitable for families with young children. The circuit is punctuated with ephemeral shows related to Christmas outside the bus.

Over the water

Classic Harbor Line

Beware of the swell! The Classic Harbor Line tourist yachting company offers you to put on your sailor clothes and embark on a festive tour around Manhattan to discover the skyline. Among the many tours proposed for the holidays, we vote for the "Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise" (lasting chocolate and Christmas carols) lasting an hour and a half. The ticket also includes a glass of wine, champagne or beer if you do not like chocolate. The boat will pass near the Statue of Liberty and under the Brooklyn Bridge. $ 72 for adults, 48 ​​for children.


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