Be dazzled by the brilliant display of over-the-top seasonal illuminations created by Brooklyn’s Italian American community. Gasp at the ingenuity and imagination that created the amazing mechanical reindeer, animated Christmas toys, glowing nativity scenes and 30-foot wooden soldiers.
Sample an authentic cannelloni and cappuccino at a well-known pastry shop and enjoy nostalgic holiday cheer as you view an entertaining audio-visual, including clips from vintage Christmas TV shows.
Tourists and native New Yorkers alike will love this Brooklyn tour!
01 Dec – 31 Dec: Dates sell out fast so please refer to the calendar for up to date availability
3 hours 30 minutes
Start time: 7:00pm
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
The tour starts at 145 Fourth Avenue in the Union Square area of Manhattan. (It can be reached by taking the L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5 or 6 trains to the ‘14th Street - Union Square’ station. From there it's just a short walk over to the meeting location)
145 Fourth Avenue
The A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour starts at 145 Fourth Avenue in the Union Square area of Manhattan. It can be reached by taking the L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5 or 6 trains to the ‘14th Street - Union Square’ station. From there it's just a short walk over to the meeting location.
You will set off with your English-speaking driver/ guide in an air-conditioned coach for this small-group tour. You will first head for Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge to see the fantastic Christmas decorations. There will be a stop so you can get off the bus to view one of the most elaborately decorated homes.
You then drive over to Dyker Heights. Each year the Italian-American residents of this district vie with one another to have the biggest, best, and brightest Christmas yard displays. The dazzling results of all this competition were immortalized in the PBS documentary ‘Dyker Lights’.
In Dyker Heights you will leave the coach for an escorted tour around the section. As well as the eye-popping profusion of Christmas lights, there are large inflatable Christmas decorations, animatronic toys and motorized displays. You’ll also see mechanized reindeer, nativity scenes and 30-foot high wooden toy soldiers.
You may be hungry after all this and your tour makes a half-hour stop at the Mona Lisa Pastry Shop for a delicious cannelloni and cappuccino, included in the tour price.
On the way back to Manhattan, you will be treated to an audio-visual show (in English) in the coach. This is played on a DVD system and shown on TV monitors so headsets are not needed. It will show old Christmas television variety specials from the 1950s to the present.
Your tour ends at the start point at 145 Fourth Avenue in the Union Square area of Manhattan.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
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