Christmas Lights & Cannoli Tour

A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours

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  • Visit two of Brooklyn's best pizzerias while on this multimedia bus tour through Coney Island, Keyspan Park, Trump Village and more!

  • Discover the diverse and charming neighborhoods that define Brooklyn, from Park Slope to Flatbush, and sample signature Brooklyn foods.

  • Enjoy a customized private tour of the Italian-American section of Brooklyn, Dyker Heights, and all of its great Christmas decorations!

  • Private group tours are great for special occasions: share sights of Brooklyn neighborhoods and slices of fantastic pizza with friends!

  • Take a customized group tour and explore many of Brooklyn's famous neighborhoods and movie spots - great for any special occasion!


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Description

The "Christmas Lights & Cannoli Tour" invites New Yorkers and tourists alike to come visit the Italian-American section of Dyker Heights, made famous in 2001 PBS documentary "Dyker Lights" and most recently on TLC's "Crazy Christmas Lights."

Each year, the residents of Dyker Heights compete to have the biggest, best, and brightest Christmas decorations. In addition to over-the-top Christmas lights, there are large inflatable Christmas decorations, animatronic toys and motorized displays.
 
We'll visit Bay Ridge, which has also become known for their Christmas lights, and we'll stop for a cannoli and hot chocolate from one of Brooklyn's best Italian pastry shops (included in the ticket price).

This 3 1/2 hour tour features:
  • An audio-visual presentation including Christmas specials from TV's Golden Age
  • Mechanical reindeer
  • Glowing nativity scenes
  • Dazzling lights
  • Old-fashioned holiday cheer
  • AND 30-foot toy soldiers!
If you want to see some of the most extravagant Christmas light displays you'll find anywhere in the country, you need to come to Brooklyn! Join the estimated 100,000 pilgrims that flock here each year to cruise the neighborhood and bask in the glow of the glorious excess.

Meeting Location

Tour begins near Union Square, in Manhattan (New York, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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Rating: 5
Fun holiday time
kthaler Mon, Dec 30, 13  8:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Great job, comfortable bus, enthusiastic tour guide, Best canoli!
Rating: 5
Easiest way to get there and know what to see
mckenna4 Mon, Dec 30, 13  8:00 PM Male 60-69 Local Other
 
The driver was great; the guide was good. Seeing Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst was an unexpected treat and Dyker Hights Lights (and houses) are not to be missed. The canolli was great too; the hot chocolate eh.
Rating: 5
Great
shaneo92 Mon, Dec 30, 13  8:00 PM Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Very good tour loved it!!!
Rating: 5
Christmas fun for the whole family
ACramer Mon, Dec 30, 13  7:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
We took this tour right as NY was getting a blast of cold weather. It was a great holiday activity the whole family could enjoy and stay warm at the same time. Our tour guide was fantastic- funny and entertaining. Though we didn't need it, the bus had a restroom which is nice for those with kids considering the tour is 3 hours long. The Christmas lights were pretty and some were crazy over the top but again, entertaining. Cannoli and cocoa at the end was a nice touch. The food was good and we had enough time to order pizza before the bus headed back to the city. I'm the Christmas nut in my family but we all had a great time and would definitely recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Awesome tour, amazing lights and lots of fun
sandsoversea Mon, Dec 30, 13  7:00 PM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Our tour guide was awesome, and the tour itself was a lot of fun. Learned a lot of interesting information and the lights were incredible - never seen anything like it except in a handful of movies (and these went above and beyond really). Ending the night with the cannoli and hot chocolate was icing on the cake. Thanks so much, we will definitely recommend this to anyone going to NYC at Christmas time!
Rating: 4
Recomendable!
candedurzo Mon, Dec 30, 13  7:00 PM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Im from Argentina! I did the tour with my mom, my godfather and his family. We really enjoy the tour, the guide tour was very good. The houses, the lights, were amazing. The hot chocolate and the cannoli were perfect! even mroe perfect because of the freezing weather. The only thing is that nothing at all was in spanish, and that the videos played during the trip seemed a little bit old, maybe at least the videos could have subtitles, don you think? Anyway, I recommend the tour.
Rating: 4
Great tour
Anniharska Mon, Dec 30, 13  7:00 PM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Christmas lights were really amazing, something I have never seen before.
Rating: 4
Lindo paseo
stel2203 Sun, Dec 29, 13  8:00 PM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Me gustó, no me pareció muy impresionante.
Rating: 5
Fantastic!!
mik84pg Sun, Dec 29, 13  8:00 PM Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Unspecified
 
Very charming, fantastic tour!!
Rating: 4
amazing
iceskater_50 Sun, Dec 29, 13  7:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
WOW the people go all out ,I would have liked to spend more time I like to walk more, Don't bring your teenagers, unless you sure they like that stuff because too many handheld devises takes away the holiday excitement the cannoli was soooooo tasty I had sugar overdose when I left.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Tickets must be purchased in advance as tours usually sell out. To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa or MasterCard from this site or over the phone.
Does the tour occur rain or shine?
Yes, the tour runs regardless of weather. While we travel via bus since tour locations are in Brooklyn, we do get off the bus at several locations to stop and take pictures. So please dress appropriately for the weather.
What type of ticket should I buy if I am bringing a very young child?
If a child is age five or younger and will be sitting on your lap during the entire tour you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. If they will be requiring a seat, however, you will need to purchase a Child ticket.
Who will my tour guide be?
Tony tries to be on every tour, but from time to time, your guide will be another family member and licensed tour guide! All guides are just as knowledgeable, trained by Tony, and familiar with the neighborhoods you will be visiting.
Where does the tour end?
The tour usually ends back at the original meeting location, which is just south of the southeast corner of Union Square, in Manhattan. (Exact meeting location details, including a map and subway directions, will be provided to you immediately upon purchasing your eticket.)
Are we on the bus the entire tour?
No. The tour takes place on a coach bus since the locations are scattered throughout Brooklyn. We do, however, get off on different streets to visit specific locations. (Whenever you leave the bus, you will be accompanied by the tour guide.) The tour includes a mix of on-the-bus viewings of locations and stops to get off and explore.
Is there ever a circumstance when a location is omitted from the tour?
While it is extremely rare, we do sometimes need to skip or modify certain locations that usually are part of the tour. Since the tour visits real-life locations all around Brooklyn, the tour's itinerary can sometimes be impacted by traffic conditions, construction, etc. A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour assumes no liability or responsibility for traffic conditions, access to sites, or other conditions beyond its control.
Can I bring wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages on the bus?
No. It is against New York State law to consume alcohol on a bus.
Is this a good sightseeing tour of Brooklyn?
Absolutely! The tour travels through Brooklyn and, although it takes place at night, is a great way to see the famous Christmas lights.
What does the audio-visual presentation include?
The sights you see along the tour will be complemented by a DVD presentation of clips from the PBS documentary, "Dyker Lights," as well as classic Christmas movies and audio from your favorite Christmas tunes.
Am I allowed to eat or drink on the bus?
No. Unfortunately no food or drinks are allowed on the bus. Please be sure to eat before you arrive!
Will I get to eat pizza on the tour?
No. "A Christmas Lights Tour of Brooklyn" is not a food tour and no pizza will be provided. If pizza is what you're looking for, please check out our "A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour" instead.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes. While photography and filming are not allowed on the bus portion of the tour, there are some great spots for taking photos and video at our stops along the way.
Are the tours conducted in English only?
Yes. A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour is only conducted in English at this time. Since so much of the tour is visual, however, visitors from other countries can enjoy the tour with minimal English.
What type of bus is used?
The tour is conducted on an enclosed coach bus. It is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer.
Is there assigned seating on the bus?
There is no assigned seating on the bus - it's first-come, first-served. If you have a number of people in your party who want to sit together, you should make sure to arrive 15-20 minutes early. Guests that arrive late or right at the starting time are much more likely to have to split up their group.
Can I take a stroller or luggage on the tour?
The tour is conducted on a coach bus, so limited storage space is available. Please keep in mind that there will be several stops on the tour during which we will be leaving the bus. If you are not comfortable leaving your belongings on the bus during this time, you might want to reconsider bringing them.
Is the bus wheelchair-accessible?
No, unfortunately our buses do not have wheelchair access and you will need to take a few steps up in order to board the bus. If you will be able to do this with assistance from the other people in your party, you are welcome to join us. Please keep in mind that the platform to enter the bus is about 13.5 inches above the ground.
Is there a bathroom on the bus?
Yes, the buses contain restrooms.
Can I purchase a gift certificate for this tour?
Yes, gift certificates are available for A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights & Cannoli Tour, and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour please click on the "Gift certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, private tours are available. Most groups, however, decide to attend the public tour for two reasons. First, it is usually significantly less expensive. Second, part of the fun of the tour is interacting with all the other people fascinated with the Christmas lights in Brooklyn who take the public tour. If you are interested in booking a private tour, contact A Slice of Brooklyn Tours by clicking on “Contact BKNYpizza” to the left of the page.

About

A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours

Join Tony Muia, a proud native Brooklynite, for his latest Brooklyn touring sensation: "A Christmas Lights Tour of Brooklyn" starring the Italian-American neighborhood of Dyker Heights.

After years of entertaining friends to the city by conducting comprehensive tours of Brooklyn and showing off his favorite borough, Tony embarked on his professional tour-guiding career with A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour in 2005.

Now, over 2 years later, Tony is debuting his second professional tour to share a Christmas lights and decoration competition like you've never seen before. He's been informally taking friends and visitors to see the famous Dyker Heights lights show for over 20 years, but now he's offering this unique guided tour to the general public for the very first time.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Tony is a licensed New York City tour guide.
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