Head to Brooklyn To See "All Of The Lights" This Christmas

Head to Brooklyn To See "All Of The Lights" This Christmas

Courtesy of A Slice of Brooklyn

Christmas is my favorite season of the year. Especially in NYC. As soon as the Rockefeller tree is lit and the Fifth Avenue department store window decorations are up, the countdown begins. Nothing says Christmas like cinnamon scented pine cones, wreaths adorned with ribbons and ornaments and beautifully decorated homes covered in lights, nativity scenes and more; and the most extravagant Christmas light displays in the country is located right here in the Dyker Heights suburb of Brooklyn, a.k.a “Dyker Lights.”

Over 100,000 people flock to this area every year to see the most over-the-top decorations. Now in its 11th year, a Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour is the original and most authentic tour of the area. I was lucky enough to experience it myself last week and I must say, I knew that these homes would be over-the-top but you really have to see it to believe it. First of all, most of these homes in the Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights area are MANSIONS—some spanning an entire block—covered in thousands of multi-colored lights, life-sized nutcrackers and Santas, and nativity scenes all missing baby Jesus until Christmas —as is the tradition.

Be sure to bundle up though, as this is not just a bus tour but a walking one as well.  Your friendly guide will direct you on which streets to visit upon exiting the bus and you’ll be able to get a closer look at the incredible amount of detail this neighborhood puts into their decorations. **spoiler alert** one house has a giant two-story-tall Santa and two carousels in their front yard. It's CRAZY!

The tour bus picks up in Union Square and lasts about three hours depending traffic to Brooklyn. The bus also plays old school Christmas movies and music including Frank Sinatra, Sonny and Cher and Bing Crosby to name a few, so you'll barely feel the time go by. This tour is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit and sells out quickly so get your tickets. Happy Holidays!



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