Magic appears when happiness and illusion is shared with people. If you want to live the full experience, you cannot miss our Christmas lights in Dyker Heights.
The tour begins in Lower Manhattan and from there, by bus, we go to Brooklyn, to soak up the Christmas spirit, on the bus we put Christmas carols and themed movies.
When you arrive at Dyker Heights Christmas Lights bus tour, you will not give credit to what lies ahead! Some of the lush decorations cost more than $20.000 USD.
If you have already decided to do the New York Christmas Lights Tour in Dyker Heights, we want to congratulate you; you will take the best gift of your life. This experience is not bought, it is lived.
As soon as the Christmas season begins, every street and Avenue of the city lights up, but at Dyker Heights, in Brooklyn, there are authentic competitions between neighbors for their home decorations.
Since 1895, Dyker Heights has been known as a wealthy neighborhood, full of luxury houses into a suburban community. Each house has driveways and private yards, something that is really uncommon in New York.
Everything started sometime in the 1980´s, but in 1985 the New York Christmas Lights Tour officially began, touring through the most illuminated neighborhoods in the city like Bensonhurst, Canarsie, Bay Ridge, and, obviously, Dyker Heights. Since then, there have been some reports, newspaper articles, documentaries and news programs, talking about the marvelous lighting in Dyker Heights, so the visits increased and more and more neighbors joined the celebration.
They work for weeks to prepare for this tradition, with investments over 20 thousand dollars per house, and for that same reason, its size and uniqueness will not leave you indifferent. In fact, most of the house owners hire local professional decorators to make, ready for the season, the facades and interiors of their houses.
There are 2 houses that have always had the crown over, first of all there is Lucy Spata´s house (1152 on 85th Street) that, for 30 years, has maintained its idea of having the most decorated Christmas house in history with a Santa theme, but there is also Alfred Polizzotto´s house (at 1145 84th St) that keeps a Nutcracker style.
What happened then? Well, the Christmas spirit was transmitted through the rest of the neighbors and a contest has been developed for choosing the best decorated house. That’s why during Christmas, Dyker Heights neighbors create the most curious and unique decorations for the perfect NYC Christmas Lights Tour.
Now, a big question comes to our minds, does it have something to do with Danny DeVito’s “A Neighbor with Little Lights” movie? We don´t know, but how about a Dyker Heights Christmas lights tour in this atmosphere, it will possibly add a touch of sparkle in your tour around New York.
New York is a city full of plans for each day of the week, especially during the Christmas season. The city brightens even more than usual, the store showcases are filled with season candies and red and white decorations, and the environment becomes festive, the Christmas lights take over the streets and the people smile more than usual.
For many people, visiting NYC during Christmas is like a dream, and we agree about it, because magic takes over the place and in InterTravel NYC we want to share it with you.
Do you already hear the christmas bells? Get ready, grab a hot drink in your hands, and write down what you like most about this New York guide to spend the best Christmas ever.
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We meet early at the entrance of the pickup hotels: Millenium Broadway, Pennsylvania, or The Manhattan at Times Square. You must meet us for pick up at the hotel which is closest to your accommodation.
We will start our Washington One Day Tour From New York by bus, crossing the bridge along the Hudson River to leave Manhattan. On the way from New York to Washington, we pass through several states such as New Jersey.
Since the excursion begins at 6:00 am, we will make a rest stop in the state of Delaware, before arriving in Washington for the one-day tour.
Then, we will continue our journey through part of the state of Maryland and its most important city, Baltimore, until we arrive at the precious Washington D.C.
The official tour begins in the state of Virginia through the Pentagon until we reach the Arlington National Cemetery. Under the guidance of an expert; we will walk between the graves until we get to the tomb of John F. Kennedy. Later, we will leave the cemetery towards the Iwo Jima monument where we will stop to take some pictures.
A complete guidance will be provided to you throughout the excursion, always sharing all the interesting details. We will tour the most important monuments and recognized movie scenarios. We, also, will learn about some stories and curiosities of the city and make the necessary stops to take photos, buy food and souvenirs.
Then we will cross the Potomac River that separates Virginia with the city of Washington D.C. until we arrive at the Constitution Avenue, where important buildings are located, like the State Department, Peace Institute, the National Association of Pharmaceuticals, and the Albert Einstein Monument located right in front of the National Academy of Sciences.
We will arrive at the Memorial Park, and we will walk through The Korean War Memorial, President Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial.
We will continue through the Reflective Pool, famous for the movie Forrest Gump. Until reaching more visited monuments like “World War II” and the Washington Obelisk, the tallest structure in the city.
Then, we will continue through the OAS, the American Red Cross, Vice Presidency, Department of the Treasury, and bordering the gardens of the White House, where we will have time to take pictures.
Right across the main avenue, we will find several government buildings like the Treasury, Ministry of Justice, the FBI, the National Archives, National Gallery, National History Museum, among others, until arriving at the Museum of Air and Space. As this is one of the main features of our one day tour in Washington D.C., you will have free time for lunch, take photos of the Capitol and enter into the museum.
On the way back, we will make a short stop halfway.
If the weather conditions allow, we will make a short extra stop. Here you will enjoy the view before entering New York. You can take pictures of the illuminated Manhattan panorama as it appears on postcards.
For full version of this last stop and due to popular demand, we have dedicated a night excursion around NYC, don’t miss it.
The right date will be after Thanksgiving, at the end of November. But, something incredible happens in New York that frames the celebration from start to finish. In fact, if we ask you, what is the most important object of Christmas, what would you say?
The tree, of course, but not just any tree, it is the New York Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, it measures between 23 and 27 meters long, 8 wide and shines with 8 kilometers of lights.
As a matter of fact, while most of the decorations have gone out right after the new years eve, this Christmas tree remains until the first week of January, as the official end of the Christmas season.
There is another magnificent tree in the city, it is lit on December 1st at 6:00 p.m. in the cozy Bryant Park, where you could also enjoy several ice skating shows and live music. It is also the only FREE ice skating rink, which is the main reason why it is so crowded.
If you do not have skates, you can rent them right on the place.
Many attractions are open, take advantage of the day to walk around and see some of the craziest events such as the PolarDip Freezing Bath in icy water on the Coney Island Boardwalk. You can also climb the Top of the Rock.
4 hours, approximately
Tour times: from Monday to Saturday
We do not require printed information
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We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event
We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is cancelled 1000 days or less before the event
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. This experience requires good weather.
If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers.
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700 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Pick up time: 04:10 p.m.