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From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

1. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

Christmas in New York City is a magical time. From the adorned trees in Rockefeller Center to the festive windows of Macy’s, Bergdorf’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Dyker Heights is world-known for its light displays. Residents have been decorating their homes since the 1980s. This quaint residential neighborhood is located in the heart of southwest Brooklyn between Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Gravesend Bay. Originally founded as a luxury housing development in the late 1800s, the first house in this iconic neighborhood was built in the late 1820s.  Dyker Heights was originally praised for its public transit access to Lower Manhattan and its ritzy country club and well-established Episcopal Church. Like Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst nearby, Dyker Heights is an Italian-American neighborhood today. The optimal way to enjoy this tour is by bus, with an expert, live tour guide. On your tour, drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn and see lights from both on the bus and off. Due to narrow streets, buses are not allowed in Dyker Heights. Your guide will escort you to the two most illuminated streets. See Lucy Spata's house which started the tradition of Dyker Lights in the '80s. The Polizzotto home features the neighborhood's largest Santa at 15 feet tall. Next, stop at the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights. Take in the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge for about 25 minutes.  Return via the Manhattan Bridge. The tour ends at Bryant Park where you can admire the famous winter market or take a spin on the Ice Rink.

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From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

2. From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

After pickup from Manhattan, the tour bus will take you through the Battery Tunnel directly to the borough of Brooklyn. Once you are in Brooklyn you'll head to the Dyker Heights district, an Italian-American neighborhood famous for its elaborate houses and gardens. Each year residents compete between each other to put up spectacular Christmas decorations, illuminations, and displays. Your tour guide will tell you about the origin and history of this tradition, before giving you free time to walk the streets to admire and take pictures of the houses. Once you have finished strolling around the neighborhood, you will get back on the bus to head to the Brooklyn Bridge. There you will enjoy the different viewpoints, with more free time to take pictures of the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Finally, you will return to Manhattan where the tour ends. You can feel free to ask your guide for local tips and recommendations on what else to see and do during your visit to New York City.

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From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Bus Tour

3. From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Bus Tour

This holiday tour takes you through the residential neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. These Italian-American sections of Brooklyn is where you'll find tree-lined streets and beautiful private residences decorated for the holiday season. It has been a tradition for many years to illuminate these homes with tens of thousands of lights and dazzling holiday scenes, which has become a festive competition amongst the homeowners, as to who has the "brightest" holiday cheer in the neighborhood. You won't just see the lights, you'll walk through the neighborhoods on a guided tour, and hear the stories and wonderful lore behind this fun holiday event, that brings so many here each year. You may even meet some of the homeowners, who are a proud part of this festive holiday, and truly get an understanding of why these neighborhoods come together in such a way to bring such holiday magic to New York City, and thousands of visitors from all over the world On your way back to Manhattan, you'll see the spectacular New York City skyline and some of the other beautiful holiday displays through the city. Upon conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off in Midtown Manhattan.

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From Manhattan: Private Brooklyn Christmas Tour by Limousine

4. From Manhattan: Private Brooklyn Christmas Tour by Limousine

After pick up at your hotel or apartment in Manhattan, drive to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. Walk for 30 to 40 minutes and take pictures of the best-lit houses in New York. Wander through an Italian-American neighborhood to see the houses strewn with green and red lights. Continue to Dumbo to take great pictures of Manhattan from the Brooklyn side, and get closer to the Brooklyn Bridge. Make a quick stop to visit the Wall Street Area and take some pictures with the famous Charging Bull. Move on to Battery Park and see the Statue of Liberty, before you head back to your hotel or preferred drop-off point.

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Brooklyn: Private Customized Holiday Tour with Warm Drink

5. Brooklyn: Private Customized Holiday Tour with Warm Drink

Just over the Brooklyn Bridge is a winter wonderland waiting to be explored…Experience a real New Yorker’s Christmas as you take part in the local tradition of visiting Dyker Heights to see the most dazzling lights and browsing festive markets, hot chocolate in hand. Join a like-minded local host to explore Brooklyn in all its festive glory and visit the local neighborhoods of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge, where local residents put on the most spectacular (and extravagant) Christmas light displays in the city. Local residents here take their light displays seriously, so as you stroll through the neighbourhoods you’ll see dazzling lights and festive scenes glittering in front of every house.  If this wasn’t enough to get you in the festive spirit, explore a Christmas market like Brooklyn Makers Holiday Market or the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar, where you can eat, drink and be merry as you pick of some Christmas gifts made by local artists and designers.  See the Manhattan skyline glittering across the water, and get some tips and tricks from your local for other festive things to do in the city during the rest of your trip.  CityUnscripted connects curious travellers to locals who are interesting and sociable people, who know the city well and who love to share their favorite places. They are not tour guides by profession. The guide recreates the feeling of having a friend in every city you visit; someone who can show you the places you’ll fall in love with and help you to connect with the most authentic soul of a place. Book this meet-up and the CityUnscripted team will contact you within 24 hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with the right profile and assign a like-minded local New Yorker. Keeping in mind your personal answers, your local host will put together a bespoke itinerary just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. Your host will arrange the most convenient meeting place for you. If  you feel like changing direction during the meet-up, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, he/she will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary.

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From Manhattan: 4-Hour Christmas Lights Luxury Bus Tour

6. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Christmas Lights Luxury Bus Tour

The holiday season in New York City is magical. From the world-famous tree at Rockefeller Center to the Christmas windows of Macy’s, Bergdorf’s, Lord & Taylor and Saks, the city is vibrant with energy and holiday spirit; it is unequaled and unmatched by any other city in the world. Join this tour as you journey out to the astounding Christmas light of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Aboard a luxurious 36-passenger bus, travel along the streets of Manhattan and listen to your licensed guide who will entertain you with the rich Yule history of New York City along the way. Travel through Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, past the famous High Line and then down along the West Side Highway. On this tour, learn and see more than you expected.  Emerging from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, ride along the Brooklyn Queens Expressway viewing the waterfront, and the expansive vista of New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty will be visible off to your right. After a short ride, leave the bus and tour Dyker Heights on foot for about an hour. The lights in the Heights range from tasteful displays created by local homeowners to extensive professionally imagined lighting extravaganzas. No matter what your take on Christmas lights there will be something for you to enjoy.   After you leave the Heights, make a brief stop at the famous Brooklyn Heights Esplanade to view the movie-like vista of the lower Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. There will be more to see as you make your way over Manhattan Bridge back through Manhattan, ending up at the centerpiece of New York's holiday delights, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. On arrival at the tree, your tour will end.

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From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

7. From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

If you are looking for something to do in New York City during this holiday season make sure you put this on your list. It is cheery, it is bright, it is Christmas, it is New York City, and it is everything Christmas about Christmas. This Brooklyn neighborhood is out of this world during Christmas time. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights is the cutest and most spectacular area of houses decorated for the holiday season. It is blocks and blocks of Christmas lights and fantastic decorations. The neighborhood goes all out with beautiful nativity displays, nutcrackers, inflatable santas, garland, lights and more. The place glows with bright lights, buzzes sound, and bumps with holiday music on full blast. It is fun to see how some houses mix it up every year. It is a recommended experience and a perfect night out for families, groups of friends and even a date night. This is a great place to go if you enjoy taking pictures, as there are a lot of photo opportunities. Start by leaving midtown Manhattan from two pickup locations, and head out to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dyker Heights where you will hop off the vehicle and walk around. You will fully experience the most magical neighborhood in New York City and Christmas tradition. This place is truly an escape to encounter a must see this holiday season. The biggest display of Christmas lights of New York City in full splendor. This tour will make you feel worlds apart from the concrete jungle like you are in a world of magic, a true wonderland. After getting into the holiday spirit you will then continue to another spectacular section of Brooklyn DUMBO where you will take a stroll under the Brooklyn Bridge and photograph the skyline of Manhattan. Finally finish your night by returning to two drop-off locations in Manhattan, the Empire State Building or Manhattan at Times Square Hotel.

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From Manhattan: 4-Hour Multi-Lingual Dyker Heights Bus Tour

8. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Multi-Lingual Dyker Heights Bus Tour

It's the most wonderful time of the year — It goes without saying that "IT" stands for the dreamlike, surreal Christmas time in New York! The city and the most famous New York attractions turn into an illuminated winter magic land, decked out with Christmas trees, holiday windows and Christmas lights, more beautiful than every movie set. One neighborhood in New York is particular – Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. There, the residents take Christmas decorations to a new level - houses decorated with thousands of lights, toy soldiers, Santa Clauses and even motorized Christmas displays. If you want an easy, fun way to experience Christmas join this Dyker Heights Christmas lights tour.

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New York City: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

9. New York City: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

Your tour will begin at the main entrance of two Midtown hotels in Manhattan. From there you will head towards the western part of Manhattan along the Hudson River as you learn about its history. You will then cross the Battery Tunnel, which will take you directly to the borough of Brooklyn. Once you are in Brooklyn you'll head to the Dyker Heights district; an Italian-American neighborhood famous for its elaborate houses and gardens. Each year residents compete between each other to make out of the ordinary Christmas decorations, illuminations, and displays. Your tour guide will tell you about the origin and history of this tradition, before giving you have free time to walk the streets to admire and take pictures of the houses. Once you have finished the tour of the neighborhood, you will get back on the bus to go to the Brooklyn Bridge. There you will enjoy the different viewpoints, with more free time to take pictures of the spectacular views of Manhattan. Finally, you will return to Times Square where the tour ends. You can feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on what else you can do to enjoy your visit to New York City.

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What people are saying about Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

This was an amazing tour. We had a great tour guide named Freddy (I believe). Very informative. The houses were absolutely beautiful! Our tour guide carried a light in case we got lost. And of course we were the ones to get lost. Didn’t realize how many people were going to be there and how easy it is to get lost in the crowd. However we were able to do our own thing at our speed abs still catch up with our group. We were able to get great pictures and the pictures at Brooklyn bridge (or Manhattan bridge) were gorgeous! It was a fabulous tour! Highly recommend it!

The driver was friendly and accommodating, the limo itself was nice and clean, and the lights were amazing! It was pricey, but definitely worth it for a wonderful experience!

I had a great time! The tour guide was fun and entertaining. He guided us smoothly and seamlessly. Would definitely recommend to everyone.

Nice, very informative. Would definitely do again !

The guide was perfect and very knowledgeable.Thanks