New Walking Tour: Cocktails & Christmas Lights

Christmas Window Displays

Christmas Window Displays

I wrote two new new walking tours this month. The first is W.C. Fields History, which is a one-time event on Saturday, Nov. 19, for Fields Fest. My other one is called Classic Cocktails and Christmas Lights, and it debuts on November 21, 6:30 p.m.

I wanted to visit new places I don’t normally take tour groups and I also wanted to to see the store windows on Fifth Avenue at night. I love hotel bars, so we are going to three of them for drinks. Tickets are on sale now and advance booking is required.

The tour will be to visit three hotel cocktail lounges (each hotel is more than 110 years old!) and see the famous Fifth Avenue holiday lights and Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Get in the holiday spirit with classic cocktails mixed by professional mixologists. Guests will have three cocktails in three different landmark hotels and tour the incredible seasonal light displays of Manhattan. (Drinks are not included in the ticket price).

This three-hour walking tour will cover Times Square to Rockefeller Center. The small tour group size, just twelve attendees, assures you personal attention from the guide and the co-leader. Proper evening attire is required to help transport the tour group back to Pre-War Manhattan.

The tour includes an in-depth look at the history of New York City, the famous residents of the hotels we’ll visit, and the growth of the city. We’ll talk about speakeasies, Prohibition, and the drinking culture of the last 125 years. We will see the locations where scores of famous movies were filmed in the spots we will be crossing. You’ll be walking in the footsteps of famous cocktail aficionados such as John Barrymore, Marlene Dietrich, Alfred Hitchcock, and Dorothy Parker.

The tour begins in Times Square and ends nearby at Rockefeller Center. The walking distance is approximately 15 blocks. We will have ample time to take holiday photos along the way.

Dress Code: We’ll be inside luxury hotels dressed as proper ladies and gentlemen. Men must wear a coat and necktie. Women in evening wear. Come in your best fur (faux or real) to battle the elements as we walk to see the famous Christmas lights of Fifth Avenue.