Dyker Lights in Brief:
If you want to see some of the most extravagant Christmas light displays, you should make the trip to the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Many of the Christmas light displays are done professionally, and they tend to evolve each year in an unspoken effort to "outdo" each other. In addition to over-the-top Christmas lights, there are large inflatable Christmas decorations and even motorized Christmas displays.
Photos: Dyker Lights Holiday Decorations
Getting to the Dyker Lights:
- Dyker Heights, Brooklyn: 11th Avenue to 13th Avenue and from 83rd to 86th Street
- Nearest Subways: D/M trains to 18th Ave
Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour:
If you're visiting from out-of-town and want an easy, fun way to experience the Dyker Heights Christmas lights, consider A Slice of Brooklyn's Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour
. Offered nightly from November 30-December 30, the 3.5 hour tour takes visitors from Manhattan to Dyker Heights to experience the Christmas Displays while enjoying hot chocolate and a cannoli.
Dyker Lights Tips:
- Some displays go up right after Thanksgiving, but for the best viewing visit in mid-December
- Displays on weekends tend to be better than on weeknights
- Visit between 5-9 p.m. for the most intense lighting, before folks turn off the lights for the evening.
- Please Note: it's almost a mile from the subway to the densest areas with lights, so you might want to take a car or drive for the easiest viewing options
- Dress for the weather or prepare for slow-going in your car as folks ogle the lights while they drive