We love the festive air in our city during Christmas season. Rockfeller Center and its surrounding areas are so magical in their illuminated glory. But they tend to be too packed with tourists that as locals we tend to shy away. Instead, we head to Dyker Heights, a quiet neighborhood in Brooklyn that comes alive during the holidays. The lovely, fine homes are decked with extravagant display of lights, giant Santas, angels, twirling nutcrakers, dancing elves, inflatable and motorized figures, etc, Join us on our walk in the neighborhood and be in awe of its elaborate Christmas displays.
We don’t know how this grand neighborhood tradition started but our guess is that it evolved in an effort to outdo each other’s display just like how they try to outdo the size of each other’s houses. The neighborhood not only goes all out on Christmas displays but on Easter and Halloween displays as well.
Apparently, the Christnas Light extravaganza of Dyker Heights is no longer a locals’ secret. During our walk around the neighborhood we saw a tour bus unloading visitors.
- Dyker Heights is located approximately 14 miles south of Midtown Manhattan. Nearest subway is D train to 18th Avenue. It’s almost a mile walk to the site from the station. It’s more convenient to drive if you have a vehicle.
- The most impressive displays are concentrated on 11th Avenue to 13th Avenue and from 83rd to 85th Street.
- The lights start going up after Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November) and goes out in January after the Day of Epiphany.
- We found this link that may make it more fun and easier for out-of-towners to get to Dyker Heights: A Slice of Brooklyn, advertised as “The only guided bus tour of Brooklyn’s famous Christmas lights!” The 3.5 hour tour includes a visit to a pastry shop for a cannoli and hot chocolate.