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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 beautifully adorned trees in Rockefeller Center and other locations to the Christmas windows of Macy’s, Bergdorf’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, the city is alive with the festive spirit and energy. However, nothing really says Christmas like Dyker Heights. Today, it is perhaps most famously known for its incredible lights displays, which usually arrive in late November and draw travelers from across the world thanks to their colorful holiday cheer. According to locals, residents have been decorating their homes—personally and professionally—since the 1980s, making it a true New York City winter wonderland. This picturesque 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 icon...

    A comfortable ride took us to Dyker Heights, where we took photos of the many decorated homes. The guide asked for a significant tip at the end of the tour, which I found unsettling as it was definitely not a tipping situation and neither her nor the driver had done anything out of the ordinary to please us - plus the tour is pretty expensive, considered it's basically a 2-hour ride in a bus.

  • 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 you...

  • From Manhattan: 4-Hour Christmas Lights Luxury Bus Tour

    3. 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 tour was fantastic. Both our guide and our driver were excellent. Especially as we had my daughter in a wheelchair and they couldn't do enough to make sure that she enjoyed the experience as much as everyone else. Very much appreciated. Thank you

  • Brooklyn: 1.5-Hour Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

    4. Brooklyn: 1.5-Hour Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

    See astonishing holiday light displays on a visit to Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood, famous for the incredible decorations planned by its competitive residents. See it all for yourself on a 1.5-hour evening stroll through the area. Admire the most impressive home displays, and learn the story behind this holiday tradition. Have your camera ready for this Christmas lights excursion, to snap photos of the top homes best lighting displays in the neighborhood. Discover the unwritten codes that are followed religiously by the residents of Dyker Heights. Take this tour in Brooklyn and soak up the magical Christmas atmosphere.

    Very good tour for discovering the neighborhood and get acquainted with the streets.

  • From Manhattan: Private Brooklyn Christmas Tour by Limousine

    5. 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.

  • NYC Holiday Lights Tour by Limousine

    6. NYC Holiday Lights Tour by Limousine

    For this private New York City Christmas tour, your chauffeur will meet you at your hotel lobby or another meeting spot you prefer. Your limousine is stocked with Champagne and bottled waters, so you can enjoy them along your tour. Your tour takes off from Manhattan and stops in areas with authentic holiday decorations, such as Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Plus, pass popular NYC cheerful displays, such as the giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. As you explore soak in the views of the city’s highlights such as the Manhattan skyline over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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What people are saying about Brooklyn

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 318 reviews

This was such a great thing to do!! The Christmas light displays in Dyker Heights are absolutely gorgeous. Pick up point in Manhattan is very easily reached,it’s right at the pedestrian area directly across from Macy’s . There are lots of tables and chairs and if you’d like to sit and wait and also lots to see within a few minutes walk. Drop off was at the Lotte Palace Hotel in Midtown, but they also stopped along the way if you needed to get off before that. Our guide was Fred. He was so good! Native New Yorker so he had lots of interesting stories about the history of the different areas that we drive through. Bus was very clean and comfortable. We had gorgeous weather for this and it’s something not to be missed. Hats off to the residents of Dyker Heights. It can not be easy putting up with the enormous amount of people that descend on that beautiful neighborhood every year,but clearly they want everyone to have a wonderful time.

The tour was fantastic. Both our guide and our driver were excellent. Especially as we had my daughter in a wheelchair and they couldn't do enough to make sure that she enjoyed the experience as much as everyone else. Very much appreciated. Thank you

Great performance even if it was cold. Funny and interesting guide. A visit to be made because it is worth the detour is like entering a Christmas postcard.

I loved everything about the tour. Despite the rain, we had a great time. The tour guide was great. The bus driver was great.

The tour was amazing. The lights were beautiful. The tour guide had a good knowledge of the city.