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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR IN DYKER HEIGHTS

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR IN DYKER HEIGHTS

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OVERVIEW

Get into the holiday spirit with this tour of the Christmas lights in Dyker Heights to experience a riot of lights, colors and Christmas joy. Listen to Christmas carols from the speakers and admire the displays of moving figures.
Discover one of New York's best attractions during the holiday season. Crowds of all ages flock to this area to stroll along the neighborhood blocks admiring the most original and creative decorations.
Spice up your winter with an extraordinary Christmas experience during a stroll through this picturesque neighborhood.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Christmas lights in Dyker Heights
  • Listen to Christmas carols from the speakers


DESCRIPTION

Dyker Heights is a Brooklyn residential neighborhood between Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst developed in the late 1800s that became from the late 1980s famous for Christmas decorations in a riot of lights and colors.

In the mid-1990s, the decorations, which up to that time were still rather plain, began to get richer when two Italian-American families competed openly to see who had the most illuminated (and most beautiful) house and yard. Mrs. Lucy Spata at 1152 84th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues) decorated with the "Santa Claus" theme while her almost across the street, Mr. Alfredo Polizzotto, who lived in a beautiful house with a porch with two tall columns (1145 84th Street) with the "Nutcracker" theme.
Polizzotto's house was adorned with two colorful wooden soldiers nearly 9 meters tall abutting the columns and a riot of dancing figures and lighted horses. Mrs. Spata, on the other hand, had literally covered the front of the house and her garden space with an expanse of illuminated figures, a nativity, toy soldiers, reindeer, poinsettias, comets, including some moving figures.

Neighbors in the neighborhood, initially spectators to the competition between the two houses across the street, took to decorating their homes and gardens spreading the light show throughout the neighborhood. Some houses start turning on the lights after Thanksgiving, the Feast of Thanksgiving, on the last Thursday in November others in December but the riot of lights and colors is witnessed in mid-December until the end of the year.

Over the years this fun folkloric event has become a real business, and today many of the homes and gardens in Dyker Heights are decorated by professional, specialized firms that offer packages with cost varying depending on the number and complexity of the decorations that run into the tens of thousands of dollars.


INFORMATION

Availability:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in December only

Language:
Multilingual assistant

Duration:
3-4 hours

Meeting Point:
Sheraton New York Hotel (811 Seventh avenue, near the revolving door on 7th Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets).

Departure time:
05:00 pm

The Tour Ends:
Sheraton New York Hotel (811 Seventh avenue, in front of the revolving door located on 7th Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street).

Tour Includes:

  • Ground transfer by shared air-conditioned bus
  • Shared professional local guide speaking your chosen language
  • Admission fee

Tour Does Not Include:

  • Personal expenses such as meals and drinks


CONDITIONS
We suggest you to call us to reconfirm 24-hrs in advance at 1.212.222.9433. Cancellation Policy: no penalty if canceled 24 hours prior to the tour. Cancellation must be entered online or by email sent to res@opentours.com.