Guided tour

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

4.4 / 5

39 reviews

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

From US$ 56 per person

Come and admire the most spectacular display of lights that adorn these Brooklyn's homes during the festive season. Dyker Heights is most famous for its Christmas lights and decorations put up each year by its residents.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Get on the bus and enjoy the most beautiful Christmas lights in the whole world
  • Experience the New York City Christmas spirit
  • Visit the most spectacular spots with your guide
Full description

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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  • Transportation
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • Masks are required while indoors

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    Meeting point

    Yotel, 570 10th ave, New York, NY 10036. Please do not ask the hotel employees about the tour, they are not affiliated with the local operator and may not have any information. Please look out for your tour guide who will be holding a sign that says ‘Christmas Tour’. The guide will then show you where the bus is located.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Bikes
    • Alcohol and drugs

    Know before you go

    • Children up to 3 years old don't need a ticket as long as they sit on an adult's laps
    • The tour can last from 3.5 hours to a little more than 4 hours depending on traffic
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved (1-hour walking tour of Dyker Heights)
    • Restrooms are available on the bus
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
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    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 39 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.6/5
    • Transportation
      4.6/5
    • Value for money
      4.2/5

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    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.

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    January 6, 2020

    Tour to discover the Christmas New York. The tour lasts about 4 hours, available in Italian with departure at h. 16:00 from the Yotel hotel. At that time, in December, it is possible to admire the sunset over Manhattan, from the bus towards Brooklyn. Once in Dyker Heights it is possible to turn for about an hour and a half in the neighborhood, with or without a guide. My advice is to walk alongside the guide to enjoy the experience to the fullest, and discover some anecdotes about the history of the neighborhood or city. After the walk in Dyker Heights the tour includes a night visit to the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn, where you can admire the wonderful New York skyline, a show that leaves you speechless! Tour recommended for those who are a lover of Christmas, and want to combine the visit of the city with a magical and suggestive touch.

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    December 19, 2019

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