Monday, December 8, 2008

Magical Lights of Dyker Heights

Tony Muia, who runs the Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour, has another holiday diversion for us – The Christmas Lights Tour, which visits the neighborhoods of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge to see the New York area’s most amazing displays of holiday beauty (and excess). Here’s Tony with his Uncle Louie, who provided lots of friendly smiles and assistance to the bus driver, especially when the going got tough around those tight corners. Thanks Uncle Louie!

The bus picked us up near Union Square. We arrived early and took a few minutes to browse the holiday market. This market has grown in size to where it now takes up most of the south end of the park.

We sped through the tunnel and started in Bay Ridge, where the lighting was more “tasteful.”

On to Dyker Heights...This is the house of Lucy, who started the “cover your house in Christmas” tradition, despite the initial resistance of her neighbors. (And here’s where it starts to get a little crazy!)

Santa was on hand for photos and lollies.

This house featured Nutcracker figurines.

Tony called these little skaters “the snow babies.”

Have a look at what one very ambitious guy did with his house - and his in-law's house next door.

It gets cold walking the windy streets after dark. The windchill factor on the night we visited had us stomping around in 2 degree weather. Off we went to Mona Lisa Bakery, where exquisite pastries, coffees and hot chocolates were waiting to warm us up.

A highlight of the night for me came at the end, when Tony played clips from “Christmas with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra," and an Andy William Christmas special on the bus ride back. But my favorite was this priceless from an old Sonny and Cher special.

Happy Holidays, Captain Kangaroo. Wherever you are.

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Louise said...

Nice pictures! I was there a few years ago on Christmas day and it was so crowded. But it was definitely worth the trip.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What beautiful pictures. Those wonderful light displays would get anyone into the Christmas spirit. Thank you so much for sharing them. I am partial to the blue light display.

Joanne said...

OMG what a happy tour! Only in New York! I particularly enjoyed the size of the choir in one of those yards. That's a whole latte carolers! Oh, and the reindeer on the upper porch. I'll bet you had a grand time. I love getting into the Christmas spirit like this, all in good fun with a twinkle in your eye. Thanks for taking us along.

Mayberry said...

That is FABULOUS! I would love to take that tour some day.

spookydragonfly said...

I enjoyed the colorful, festive tour here! I'd have to agree with Lona, I like the blue display! Thanks for sharing the Christmas spirit!

tut-tut said...

I love it ALL! I miss this kind of display here. How great is it that you can actually take a bus tour of it all?!

tina said...

Thanks for the memories! With Sonny and Cher and little Chasity still looks the same. I love those lights, the reindeer peaking are my favorite. Looks like a great tour!

edward said...

holy moly holy moly i didn't know where to look--what a fine assortment of photos unbelievable holiday lights on that house

There's a house just south of the village of Closter NJ that goes insane every year. you could almost walk to it from the village, i wish i could recall the street--maybe parallel to herbert ave. in the residential area. it's a corner house with a fence--they fill their big yard with stuff at halloween too.

edward said...

sorry i meant north of Closter, going back to Nyack.

edward said...

i like Cher's blouse it reminds me of ribbon candy.
i like that they had flubs and stuff, and the captian on the show.

JGH said...

Hi Louise - I was wondering if it got more crowded closer to Christmas - and if more lights would be put up between now and then.

Thanks for visiting Hocking Hills! I also like the blue lights, but they always seem to look better on other people's houses than on mine.

Joanne, the carolers were really special. You can't tell in the photos, but they were animated.

Hi Mayberry - if you visit, it would give me a good excuse to go on the tour again!

Spooky, some blue lights would look so pretty reflecting on your pond.

Tut, it costs $65 to ride the bus but anyone can enjoy just driving by in the car, too.

Tina, my daughter took the reindeer photo - I'll tell her you said so.

Edward, I usually get lost driving in Jersey, but if I'm ever in Closter, I'll look for that house. Did you catch the flub where Sonny messed up the words for Rudolph? - Chastity had the cutest reaction!