Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2024: Complete Guide

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The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights are one of the most famous attractions in New York City at Christmas; if you think the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is spectacular, in reality, The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights are by far, for us, way better.

More than 100.000 people walk around this Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, United States, to experience the magic, and every year the residents make an effort to decorate their houses in the best way possible. This is our ultimate guide to visiting the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights with advice on stopping for food and drink, getting there, behaving, and a map.

How do I get to the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2022?

Despite what you think, The Christmas Lights are not located very close to the underground: you’ve to take the train to 71st St, 86th Street, or 18th St, and from there, you’ve to walk for 15-20 minutes to arrive at the designated location. You can reach this place also by taxi, but the subway is so convenient I recommend you choose this solution. Make sure you dress appropriately since it can be freezing.

A few companies organize Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tours: you pay about 50$ per person, and they pick you up at a specific location and show you around by bus for 3 hours.

If you’re looking for a guided tour of the Christmas decorations in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, we recommend this: you’ll see the lights and the spectacular New York skyline by night!

Where are the best Christmas Lights in the Dyker Heights neighborhood?

The biggest and most spectacular Christmas lights can be seen from 11th to 13th Avenue, and from 83rd to 86th St. The Spata House and the Polizzotto House were among the first families to begin the tradition in the late 80s. Today, many homeowners in the area participate over multiple blocks and avenues, so the display expands yearly. Just wander around the area, and you’ll notice the bright Christmas Lights… and the crowd.

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If you are looking for an accommodation in New York for the the Christmas season, check out the offers on Booking.com. You will find hotels, apartments, and B&Bs, and you can also read the comments from people who have already been there, check the ratings, and see photos of the place. Try Booking.com and make sure to pick flexible accommodations: in this way, if you cannot travel you can move or cancel the facilities at no additional cost.

When should I visit The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights?

Every day from 5 pm to 9 pm, starting the weekend after Thanksgiving and through New Year’s Eve. It can get hectic between 6.30 pm and 8 pm, just because at about 8.30/9 pm, most houses turn their displays off.

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Is there any rule to follow to visit the Christmas Lights?

No strict rules, but Dyker Heights is a regular neighborhood, and people live in the houses they decorate. This means you must respect their privacy (do not spy on people’s homes, do not knock at the door, do not walk into gardens, and so on), do not make noise, and behave politely. Common courtesy and thinking about others are the only two rules.

Where can I eat something while I’m in the area?

Dyker Heights is a historically Italian neighborhood, so the food choice is almost infinite and the quality high, mainly because this is not a place for tourists (except for Christmas). So if you’re visiting The Christmas Lights, I recommend you plan a visit to BurgerFi (86th Street), very close to the displays, for a first-class burger (vegetarian options available) and some good custard cream. I also recommend Taquitos (14th Ave), Annabelle’s Pastaria (86th Street), Chef Andrea (13th Ave), and Krispy Pizza (13th Ave). Do not miss a visit to Mona Lisa Bakery (13th Ave) and Savarese Italian Pastry Shoppe (slightly far away, on 5922 New Utrecht Avenue). Sometimes vendors selling candies, snacks, and drinks are located on every street corner.

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Are The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights worth the trip?

Yes, without a doubt. You’ll experience incredibly decorated homes, and it’s a fun thing to do, with or without kids. We recommend you visit The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights during the week; the weekend can be crazy, with a tremendous amount of people visiting the area, making it impossible to take a picture, walk, and enjoy the decorations. Make sure you wear warm clothes, a hat, gloves, and suitable shoes because the temperature can be shallow, and snow can happen.

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Start checking the listings on Booking.com to find the best deals on hotels and accommodations in New York City for the holiday season!.

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