Magic becomes redefined in New York City as the Big Apple puts on a spectacular display to transition from fall to the winter holidays, followed by the ushering in of a new year. When planning group travel, it’s hard to resist gathering a group and heading to the city that never sleeps in November and December. While there’s a bounty of eating options (check our restaurant guide for assistance) and no shortage of activities (see our events guide), we would recommend that you anchor your group’s trip around the festivities of the season.
The crisp fall air, blue skies and sunshine will provide the perfect backdrop for a fall excursion. For laughs, you can check out the laughs at the New York Comedy Festival or the competition along the 26.2 mile route of the New York Marathon.
However, the event-to-beat-all-events in November is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Imagine sitting alongside your friends on Broadway, hot coffee in hand, watching Kermit fly six stories overhead or wave to Santa as he signals the start of the holiday season.
Once the parade ends at Herald Square, the holidays in NYC are in full swing. You may want to plan your group’s lodging to be in mid-town, so you can easily get to many of the sites. You can find hotel options by clicking here.
Once you get off your rental bus, you won’t be able to blink without seeing signs of the holidays. There’s the world’s largest Menorah in front of the Plaza, the train show at Grand Central Terminal, the LED snowflakes on the Saks Fifth Avenue building across from the tree at Rockefeller Center and miles upon miles of holiday store windows. Your group can shop till they drop on Fifth Avenue or in the quaint holiday shops in Bryant Park.
The list of holiday activities and sights goes on longer than the island of Manhattan itself. So whether you go for the kicks of the Rockettes Holiday Show, the classic holiday brunch at the Plaza or if your group joins thousands to watch the ball drop in Times Square, be sure to choose the right rental bus to get your group to the Big Apple safely and in proper New York-style. Conduct your search at BusRates.com and start planning today!