A Slice of Brooklyn’s Original Christmas Lights Tour of Dyker Heights Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

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For the past decade, company proves there’s a world of Christmas cheer right across the river from Rockefeller Center.

“Rockefeller Center? FUHGETTABOUDIT!” For the past decade, that’s been the official slogan of A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours (http://www.asliceofbrooklyn.com) as they prepare for their tenth annual Christmas Lights Tour of Dyker Heights on December 1, 2016.

The three and a half hour tour starts in Manhattan and highlights the festive homes of Dyker Heights, the Italian-American section of Brooklyn which has been a festive destination for New Yorkers for over thirty years.

Each year over 100,000 people flock to the area to see dazzling lights, giant nutcrackers, wooden soldiers, animatronic figures, glowing nativity scenes and more and A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours offers the most convenient way to see them. Some of the homes featured on the tour are so over-the-top that they’ve even been featured on The Learning Channel’s “Crazy Christmas Lights.” Besides Dyker Heights, the tour also takes you to nearby areas with magnificent lights as well, such as Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, that even most New Yorkers don’t know about.

Folks are able to see lights from both on the bus as well as escorted on foot through the neighborhoods by tour guides in order to see the homes up close and get great photos. In fact, many folks have even used the tour to take their official family Christmas card photos!

Throughout the tour, there’s festive Holiday music to be heard on the speakers of the bus and on the ride back to Manhattan afterwards there are nostalgic Christmas television specials shown on the TV screens of the bus featuring Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Sonny & Cher and more.

Started in 2007 by native Brooklynite Tony Muia, the original tour of the area was a labor of love.

“As Brooklynites, we never went to Rockefeller Center to see the tree. We’d drive around Dyker Heights to see the most amazing displays in the world. We always knew they were special and it’s great to see those same families and homeowners still going strong after all these years while. And at the same time, more homeowners seem to get into the act each year as well. We don’t just show folks the lights. We tell them the stories behind the homeowners and the decorations as well. In fact, many nights they get to actually meet the homeowners themselves who come out to meet our groups and answer any questions they might have or even pose for photos as well.”

The Christmas Lights Tour of Dyker Heights has been featured on the Travel Channel, Good Morning America, NBC’s Nightline, Good Morning Britain as well as been featured on German, Australian, French and Spanish television. Muia, whose tour runs three sold out buses every night in December, couldn’t be happier.

“It’s such a great feeling creating a tour that everyone in the family can enjoy. We love highlighting the hard work that goes into the incredible Christmas decorations while showing folks who have never been to Brooklyn before how festive things can really get in our hometown.” Adds Muia, “It doesn’t hurt hearing folks say ‘Rockefeller Center? FUHGETTABOUDIT!’ at the end of each tour either.”

The Christmas Lights Tour of Dyker Heights starts on December 1st and runs until January 4, 2017 every night except December 25th at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Adults: $50 per person. Children under 12: $40 per person. Tour starts and ends conveniently in Manhattan.

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