I know I’m a little late with this post but I wanted to share with all of you my trip to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn to see the Christmas Lights. The entire neighborhood decorate their houses and porticoes with spectacular Christmas decorations.The residents of Dyker Heights fund their own decorations every year since the 80’s and bring joy during the holidays to their neighbors and tourists alike. The decorations start coming up around Thanksgiving and the last of them are down by mid to end January.
My friends and I took a walking tour to see the neighborhood and of course the day we picked was a bone chilling one but after walking almost 20 blocks we forgot how cold it was as each new street and bend around the corner brought us bigger and better decorations.
Aside from the colorful lights there were also lasers and inflatable toys to candy cane sidewalks and a house decorated with an assortment of candy. I thought it was much like the candy covered house in Hansel and Gretel! A couple of houses had the most coolest toy soldiers and nutcrackers I’ve ever seen. Just when we thought we’d seen it all, we came across a house which the locals have dubbed as Toyland. It really was! There were life size moving carousels, toy soldiers, gigantic santas, huge reindeer and snow globes with Christmas songs playing in the background.
During our tour we happened to bump into one of the residents. He was a Greek American and he came to the US in the 70’s and started the tradition of putting up all the lights and decorations all on his own! He mentioned that he puts up approximately two hundred and seventy thousand lights and his electricity bill is around $5000 in the month of December!
Kudos to the residents of Dyker Heights for going all out and putting in so much effort year after year . Honestly the pictures don’t do the holiday lights justice and it is a must see if you are in NYC during Christmas time.