The Best Airbnb Experiences to Do in NYC While on Vacation

So you decided to go to the Big Apple for vacations. You bought your plane ticket (or rented a car), chose your accommodation, did some dinner reservationsmaybe even bought Broadway Ticketsand now you’re wondering what you should do while you’re in Manhattan during one of the most magical times of the year.

Whereas ice skating at Rockefeller centerseeing The Rockettes and take a picture in front infamous tree should definitely be on your list – there are tons more festive things you can do in New York during the holidays.

To help get you started on your itinerary, we turned to none other than Airbnb Experiences. From holiday lit tours to personalized photo shoots and holiday market walking tours, there’s a little something for everyone on our list.

Thus, between the search gifts to buy for your loved onesconsider trying one of the following activities.

Note: Some prices may fluctuate depending on the date you choose due to busier tourist seasons.

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This tour is for the person who doesn’t mind being on their feet for four hours or more! Visit some of the most festive places in the city:

  • Central Park (including the pond and “Home Alone 2” locations)
  • World famous Plaza Hotel
  • Twinkling lights along 5th Avenue
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral (interior and exterior)
  • Rockefeller Center tree
  • BNC Studios
  • Bryant Park Winter Village and Ice Rink
  • The bustle of Times Square
  • The World’s Largest Store — Macy’s

Christmas Photoshoot Tour
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For the person who is looking for the perfect Instagram photo, this is the experience for you! Capture the beauty of New York City during the holidays with a 3-hour professional photo shoot that includes:

  • 6th avenue
  • Rockefeller center
  • The Peninsula Hotel
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Light Show
  • Stop at a trendy cafe
  • A free souvenir to take home!

The full day "See everything" NYC Tour
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This tour is for the person who only has a few days in Manhattan over the holidays and absolutely wants to see it all. You will experience:

  • Times Square
  • central park
  • The Plaza Hotel
  • 5th avenue
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral (interior and exterior)
  • Rockefeller center
  • diamond district
  • The Freedom Tower
  • The 9/11 Memorial
  • The New York stock exchange
  • Boat trip in New York Harbor
  • Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Tour
  • New York Skyline Tour
  • Brooklyn Bridge Tour
  • Various movie and TV locations

NYC Holiday Markets and Christmas Lights Walking Tour
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For the market obsessed person, this is the holiday tour for you! Get into the holiday spirit by visiting some of New York’s most vibrant traditional holiday markets with an array of artisan goods, local art, desserts, traditional foods and hot Christmas drinks. You’ll discover hundreds of vendors offering products unique to the season, admire beautiful Christmas lights, and learn the history of Christmas in New York.

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If you want a professionally shot mini-video to look back over the years, we recommend the Sparkling Holiday Lights video shoot. You’ll walk through flashing lights, between skyscrapers, alongside iconic yellow taxis and jump at opportunities once spotted.

  • Receive your personalized video the next day so you can instantly share it with friends and family.

Holiday magic on the fifth walking tour
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For the person who wants a short but sweet Christmas visit to NYC, this is for you.

Here’s what you’ll see in less than two hours:

  • 5th avenue
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Rockefeller Center
  • New York Public Library
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Bryant Park Winter Village

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