LIRR Is Your Route to Holiday Fun in the City

The City is decked out for the holiday season. Get to all the festivities by taking the Long Island Rail Road. We offer fast, frequent and convenient service to Penn Station, and a variety of special fares that can save you money too!

The LIRR is also the greenest way to go, because when you take the train instead of your car, you not only save money on gas and parking (not to mention the hassles of traffic), you help protect the environment by keeping tons of pollutants out of the atmosphere.

One of the more interesting sights to see in the City during the holiday season is the holiday windows and displays. Check out our special walking map from Penn Station below.

If you are traveling with children on weekends or other off-peak periods, take advantage of the LIRR's special Family Fare. Under the Family Fare program, up to four children, ages 5-11, can ride weekend and other off-peak trains for the advance purchase fare of 75 cents each (one-way) when accompanied by a fare-paying parent or guardian. Weekly and monthly ticket holders just pay for the kids. Children under five ride free. Family Fare tickets purchased on the train cost $1.00.

As a reminder, buy your tickets before boarding, since fares on board trains are higher.

Below is the LIRR's Holiday in the City guide from Penn Station (located at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue) to some places of interest for you and your family. The special Guide is also available at LIRR stations.

Holiday Packages Free Ride/Discounts

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

November 19, 2011 - January 16, 2012

Use code "9021" to save 30% off select admission tickets. The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden features painstakingly crafted miniatures of New York City's landmarks, such as the former Pennsylvania Station, all made entirely out of plants.

Holiday Windows/ Displays

Macy's Windows

34th St. between 6th and 7th Aves

Located across from the LIRR 34th Street entrance.

Lord & Taylor's Holiday Windows

38th St./5th Ave.

Saks' Holiday Windows

49th St./5th Ave.

Bergdorf Goodmam Holiday Windows

5th Ave, south of Central Park

Barney's Madison Avenue Holiday Windows

660 Madison Ave/East 60th

Bloomingdale's Holiday Windows

59th St./Lexington Ave.

Take the E SubwayThe Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center

  • Citi Pond at Bryant Park
  • Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
  • Holiday Shopping at Bryant Park

    Now through January 8

    After taking a few turns around the ice-skating rink, finish up your holiday shopping at The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. Browse the many vendor booths offering clothing, jewelry, household gifts, crafts, art and more.

    South Street Seaport Tree

    If you're seeking a thousand points of holiday light off the beaten path, head down to the South Street Seaport, and see their 50-foot tree on Old Fulton Street. Enjoy the local shopping.

    New York Public Library

    42nd St./5th Ave.

    Take the 1 Subway, or 3 SubwayAmerican Girl Place

    609 Fifth Ave. at 49th St.

    Catch a live musical, browse the shops and enjoy a meal in the cafe.

    Build-A-Bear Workshop

    565 Fifth Ave. at 46th St.

    Take the E SubwayCarnegie Hall

    57th St./7th Ave

    Take the E Subway subway to Canal St.

    Manhattan Children's Theatre

    52 White St. (between Broadway and Church Sts.)

    Take the 1 SubwaySt. Patrick's Cathedral

    51st St./5th Ave.

    Take the E SubwayAmerican Museum of Natural History/ Rose Center (LIRR Package)

    79th St./Central Park West.

    Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Children's Museum of Manhattan

    83rd St./Amsterdam Ave.

    Take the C SubwaySouth Street Seaport and Museum

    Front & Fulton Streets.

    Take the 2 Subway subway to Fulton St. or the M15 bus to South Ferry.

    Museum of Jewish Heritage

    18 First Place.

    Take the 1 for more information on things to do in NYC this holiday season.

    LIRR Deals & Getaways

    The Long Island Rail Road offers discounts and packages to some of Manhattan's most popular attractions. Discount packages include LIRR off-peak round-trip fares and attraction admissions. Also available are free rail or discount deals to shows in NYC.