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The 2014 holiday season is in full swing in New York City.  With its sparkling lights, festive holiday markets, impressive Christmas trees, and magical holiday window displays, nothing beats The Big Apple at Christmastime.  On Location Tours, the company behind the Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour (for ticket information see the bottom of this page), has pulled together a list of the top 5 must-see NYC holiday locations.

 1.       Rockefeller Center: Already one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, Rockefeller Center is undoubtedly a New York City Christmas staple. Recreate Buddy and Jovie’s first date in the holiday movie Elf by ice skating at Rockefeller Center’s iconic rink, or see where Macaulay Culkin reunites with his mom in Home Alone 2 beneath the world-famous tree.  This year’s tree towers at 85 feet tall and weighs a whopping 13 tons, and will be lit on December 3 at a star-studded tree lighting concert.

 2.       Holiday Shopping Fifth Avenue:  Fifth Avenue is home to New York’s swankiest shops and they take their holiday window decorating seriously!  Enjoy the larger-than-life toy soldiers guarding the FAO Schwartz entrance, the whimsical high-fashion windows at Bergdorf Goodman, and the glittering UNICEF Snowflake dangling above 57th and 5th.  While you’re there, pass by the windows at Tiffany & Co. to see where Zac Effron takes Michelle Pfeiffer in New Year's Eve.

 3.       Holiday Window Displays:  The department store windows of New York come to life for the holidays, taking “window shopping” to a whole new level!  Check out the magical displays at Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, and Barneys.  And don’t forget to visit the iconic Macy’s at Herald Square, which you’ll remember from the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street.

 4.       Central Park: Walk through Central Park after a fresh snowfall and you’ll forget you’re in the middle of New York City!  The park turns into a winter wonderland this time of year.  Enjoy Central Park landmarks such as Bethesda Fountain and the Boat House glistening in the snow.  Visit Wollman Rink to relive John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale’s late night skate in Serendipity, and maybe experience a serendipitous moment yourself! For more information visit this page: http://www.nyctourist.com/central-park-movie-sites-location-tours

 5.       Bryant Park:  Bryant Park is transformed into the Winter Village for the holidays.  Enjoy free ice skating while admiring the stunning New York Public Library.  Duck into the Holiday Shops for some hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies, and gifts.  With over 125 shops, ranging from local goods to apparel to pet boutiques, you’ll be sure to find the perfect present for everyone on your list.

 To reminisce on more of your favorite NYC holiday movie moments and to see how the city sparkles during December, hop on the Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour with On Location Tours. To book the Holiday Lights & Movie Sites tour you can book directly here... just copy/paste this web page address: http://onlocationtours.com/tour/holiday/