As the Christmas season rolls in, many of us begin the annual search for meaningful experiences that will evoke the holiday spirit. We attend tree lightings, plop our kids on Santa’s lap, and buy tickets to The Nutcracker. Only problem: The entire population of New York is doing the exact same thing. Escape the crowds this season while soaking in some good old-fashioned nostalgia with the NYC Christmas Express Trolley.
Revelers hop on an old-fashioned trolley car, led by Santa himself, and coast through the Christmas lights–lined streets on a tour of the city’s quintessential holiday hot spots. Swing by the tree at Rockefeller Center, around Columbus Circle, and past the glamorous Plaza Hotel, en route to Brooklyn’s famed, brightly decorated Dyker Heights. The outing takes less than three hours and includes hot chocolate served by an elf and a final stop at Dylan’s Candy Bar for souvenir shopping. (Optional: Caroling with your fellow trolley travelers!)
What sets this tour apart is in the details. The charming trolley only holds 29 passengers, and sweet touches like Santa’s elf and the hot chocolate create a more intimate, less commercial experience. The tours run every Saturday and Sunday evening through January 7; the earlier tour, kicking off at 5:30 p.m., is perfect for families of all ages.
Why You Should Go: Spoil yourself with a chauffeured, personalized (and warm!) view of Christmas in New York City.
NYC Christmas Express Trolley
Pickup at 480 Lexington Avenue (between East 46th and 47th Streets), Midtown East
Saturday and Sunday through January 7
5:30–8 p.m. and 8:30–11 p.m.