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Must See: Extravagant Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights

12.19.16

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with these well lit masterpieces in Brooklyn! If you want to see one of the most extravagant Christmas displays, make the trip to Dyker Heights today! From motorized friends, inflatable fun, accompanying musical scores, and never ending Christmas lights that go on and on – a trip to Dyker Heights is something that every New Yorker should experience at least once.

More than New Yorkers – Every year over 100,000 (!) people brave the cold to see the glow of these elaborately decorated Brooklyn homes.

The incredible lights in Dyker Heights Brooklyn

Behind the Dyker Heights Lights

The annual Dyker Heights Christmas Lights tradition started in 1980 – when one resident Lucy Sparta started decorating her house with over the top lights and décor. Although some neighbors weren’t thrilled, many of them started decorating their houses as well. Soon after, a tradition was born! Each year the brilliance (and creativity!) has grown even more. Some of the more elaborate homes even hire professional decorators to help light the way.

The amazing lights in Dyker Heights BrooklynDancing Bears House

The Light Displays

The décor amongst the above green glow of this magnificent home has a cute backstory. The dancing bears represent each of the owners grandchildren. If a new grandchild is born into the family, a new bear will be added to the display.

The beautiful snowflake house - part of the Amazing Christmas lights in Dyker HeightsSnowflake House Display

Snow much fun at this house! Love the snowflake lights!

Incredible Inflatable Characters in Dyker Heights Comics and Character Display

A lawn full of inflatables! The dizzying collection was incredible!

Amazing Christmas Lights in Dyker HeightsLucy Sparta’s Display

There is an actual house behind there! One of the originators of the over-the-top displays, Lucy Sparta started decorating her home with elaborate décor in 1980. Since then, every year she has added more to her glowing collection.

Dyker Heights amazing Christmas LightsLucy Sparta’s Display

Our lil guy couldn’t get enough of this fabulous home!

Dyker Heights Extravagent Christmas LightsLucy Sparta’s Display

During special times a certain special guest even visits the throne!

Dyker Height Christmas Light DisplayToy Land Display

The grand Santa stood guard over a residence. He must have been at least 25 feet tall! On either side of Santa – carousels and other toys were on display. The theme of this house is “Toy Land” and the owner of the house hosts a Make a Wish event every year.

Dyker HeightS Christmas Lights

A bright Idea to welcome the holidays for all!

It’s not too late to visit these lights! Most homeowners keep the lights up from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, and some even into the first week of January!

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Location: Dyker Heights Brooklyn.  The Main Christmas Light displays are located between 11th and 13th avenues and 83rd through 86th streets. Not every house is decorated – they are scattered throughout the blocks. Some of the largest displays are on 84th street.

How to get there:

Subway: Take the Subway D Train to 71st Street in Brooklyn. Aside from the long train ride – note that the walk to the lights is about a 20 minute hike!
Bus: Take the B1 bus towards Brighton Beach and exit at 12th Avenue.
Tip: Do as our family – take the subway into Brooklyn/get close to the lights and then call Uber to avoid a cold hike!

Other Option:
For a guided tour, try local company A Slice of Brooklyn. The formal bus tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours and will cost you $50 for adults and $40 for kids under age 12 .

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