As Christmas fast approaches, the Dyker Heights Christmas lights attract thousands of tourists and locals alike to get a (somewhat blinding) glimpse of some of the most extravagant and impressive home Christmas displays anywhere in the country. The Brooklyn neighborhood famed for its Christmas lights is back in full swing with visitors making the hour-long trip from Midtown Manhattan to see the display. Homes are decked out with bright lights of all colors, life-sized Santas greet visitors, and loudspeakers blast Christmas carols. Tours in multiple languages traverse the narrow and somewhat hilly streets while snapping photographs and learning about the neighborhood’s families and architecture.
Many of the homes have had their lights up since Thanksgiving, though historically, most tourism occurs between mid-December and New Year’s. The most prominent homes are located between 83rd and 86th Streets and between 11th and 13th Avenues. These include the Spata home, the Frank Mangano home, and the Polizzotto home.
Spata was one of the first to begin the tradition in 1986 when she realized there were no decorations on her block. It has been estimated that over 300,000 people visit the neighborhood each holiday season with guided bus and foot tours, as well as food, clothing, and gift vendors. Some of the light displays cost over $20,000 (some homes even hire professionals).
Untapped New York visited the acclaimed neighborhood on a recent weekday evening to capture the holiday joy. Enjoy theses photos of the Dyker Heights Christmas lights without having to deal with the crowds!
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