Don’t think that Brooklyn is limited to Williamsburg, Dumbo and the bridge. Brooklyn is a huge borough with many residential areas, among which Dyker Heights is a rich neighborhood with humongous mansions. But Dyker Heights is now most famous for its Christmas lights and decorations erected each year by its residents. Starting in the 1980’s, Christmas started getting bigger and brighter out with each passing year. During the whole month of December, residents are competing to show the most lavish Christmas decor, and most of them hire local decorating companies charging from $1,000 to $20,000 or more, depending on the scale of the display. A profusion of lights, huge lawn ornaments, motorized displays. Santas, Nutcrackers and snowmen everywhere. Even Sponge Bob, Olaf and Chewbacca are there! It’s a bit tacky but so magical and spectacular! I didn’t expect such a light show!
You will find explanations on where to get there at the end of the post.
Dyker Heights is located in the South West of Brooklyn. Most lightnings are located between 86th and 83rd Street and between 11th and 13th avenue. We drove there, it’s more convenient obviously but it’s not easy to find a parking space. I believe it was not the best idea to drive there on a Sunday evening. It’s a bit far but it’s worth it! You can take the R train and get off at 86th Street. From there, walking 86th street until 11th avenue, it’s a 20min walk from the subway. Try to go there on a week day to avoid traffic (both by car and by foot) and the crowd in front of the houses.
Dyker Heights Christmas lightning has truly become a “must-see” for many people during the holidays. It’s until December 30th so hurry up or you will have to wait til next year!
From New York, With Love,