Christmas lights tour in New York

Christmas lights tour in New York

Christmas lights tour in New York is an experience not to be missed if you pass by the Big Apple at Christmastime.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Dyker Height neighborhood becomes a thorough open sky attraction that will leave adults and children gaping.

Because Christmas in New York is not only the 5th Avenue or the Rockefeller Center and its skating ring that though become really impassable due to the impossible chaos reigning at Christmastime.

When I say impassable

December Christmas lights tour in New York

…I mean literally: at the traffic lights policemen stretch cords to stop pedestrians at the red light, the line to reach the skating ring even only to take a photo is about kilometres and skating in a such chaos…

Christmas lights tour in New York Rockefeller Center and skating ring

…has nothing to do with what bewitches me.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

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Personally, I prefer Canada where in Toronto, always at Christmastime, under the CN Tower (the television tower), we skated on the little iced lake just on the bank of the great lake, peacefully and spending a nonsense.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

But let’s go back to Dyker Heights and the Christmas lights tour in New York.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Practically, in a sort of competition at the last colored light and the last decoration, the neighbors challenges each other in decorating sumptuous large houses by all sorts of Christmas theme exaggeration.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

There are specialized companies caring about these preparations and it seems the owners arrive to spend even 20.000 dollars to realize it.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

I assure you that when you’ll walk through the streets of this neighborhood you won’t find it hard to believe it.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

It’s a neighborhood overflowing with richness, of course.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

The result is a real sight: an amazing explosion of lights, snowmen, crèches, colors and Christmas music on the background, of course.

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December Christmas lights tour in New York

You think some large houses fit up even huge carousels in the garden.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Don’t expect something refined and elegant (often people overstep any showy limit) but I assure you it’s a wonder and the one I appreciated most in New York.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Everything we usually see in the movies here comes to life when it’s getting dark.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Of course, hundreds of people and families on foot come to these streets to take photos frenetically.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Planning the Christmas lights tour in New York

There are endless tours organized from Manhattan but it’s possible to have a do-it-yourself tour without any problem.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Useful info for the Christmas lights tour in New York

Best period

Lights are lighted during the period between the Thanksgiving Day and the first weekend after New Year’s Day.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

But keep in mind that no rules exist.

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December Christmas lights tour in New York

The period to admire the highest number of decorations goes from the second half of December until the New Year’s Day.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

The best area for the Christmas lights tour in New York

The area between the 11th and the 13th Street and between the 81st and the 86th Street.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Keep in mind the most sumptuous houses and the most amazing large houses are between the 83rd and the 85th Street, but the whole area deserves to be explored, also the neighborhoods not included in this area.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

By now every year the area expands thanks an ever- increasing number of tourists arriving here to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere: this tempts the houses’ owners of the neighboring areas to test themselves in the decorations.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Tin soldiers and Nativity are one next to the other.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

All sorts of inflatable, carousels, music, carillons and all the rest here live together peacefully.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Reach Dyker Heights from Manhattan

Reach Dyker Heights and set out alone on the Christmas lights tour is very easy.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

By the R subway as far as Brooklyn, 86th St stop. Or D line as far as the 79th St.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

From Manhattan it takes 45 minutes by subway.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Then you walk for a few blocks to reach the core and start the Christmas lights tour in New York.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

The ideal time is after 5-6pm when it’s getting dark.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Keep in mind you can’t go too late as after a certain hour, at night, the most part of lights is off.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

To know before the Christmas lights tour in New York

Christmas lights tour in New York is completely free if you have it alone.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

The area is very safe.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

It’s possible to move on foot safely in the evening, too, and the police is very present since there’s a high number of tourists there.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Houses often don’t have enclosures and the police make tourists respect the private property: the tourists often don’t hesitate to go into the gardens to take better photos.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Keep in mind that you will have to walk a lot and the area is a bit hilly.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Of course, it’s possible to arrive by your own car but often the parking are difficult due to the very high number of tourists.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Of course, taxis or Uber allow to avoid every problem of this kind.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

A tip that seems taken for granted but it has not to be underestimate.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Wrap up well.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Above all when it’s getting dark, the cold can become a problem and it will prevent you to enjoy the evening.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

In December can be really very cold in New York!

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Don’t get caught unprepared!

December Christmas lights tour in New York

I think there’s nothing in the world that could be compared to the wonder of Dyker Heights.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Your Christmas lights tour in New York will leave you gaping!

December Christmas lights tour in New York

I think to have quite well conveyed the idea through the photos of this post.

December Christmas lights tour in New York

There’s nothing left to do but wish you to have a nice tour if you’ll pass by New York at Christmastime!

December Christmas lights tour in New York

Enjoy calmly the Christmas lights tour in New York!

December Christmas lights tour in New York

On the contrary, if you can’t go to New York at Christmastime…enjoy this video!

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