Holiday Lights in Dyker Heights | Brooklyn, NYC

December 18, 2018 New York, NY, USA

holiday lights in dyker heights nyc


New York City is always busy throughout the year but during the holiday season it's definitely at it's peak with tourists coming to visit. Dyker Heights provides a different tourist attraction that many don't really know about.

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights.
Address: From 83rd to 86th Streets between 11th & 13th Ave.

For the last couple of years, I would hear about the holiday lights in Dyker Heights. I always would miss it or forget to go but this was the year I finally headed down to Dyker Heights to check it out. If you're unfamiliar from what I'm talking about, let me break it down for you! During the holiday season, New York City is flooded with tourists who come to check out the infamous Rockefeller tree, pretty decorated window displays, light shows, or go ice skating in the many ice parks around the city. All those places I mentioned are relatively close to each other in distance which makes walking around there a nightmare during this time. 

In the lovely neighborhood of Dyker Heights, you get a different kind of holiday season experience. Many houses in this neighborhood go above and beyond when decorating their houses. There's like an unspoken competition between the resident owners in this neighborhood. You'll find gigantic ornaments, motorized displays, colorful lights, and different themes from house to house. It's something different to experience than the usual touristy spots in NYC. You can either walk or drive around the area. The most popular houses are on the streets listed above but if you drive around you're able to find fun decorated houses on quiet streets. I missed a couple of houses but took some photos which you can see when you keep scrolling down. Can't wait to check it out next year and see how they decorate. Kids will surely love it and if you want to get in the holiday spirit definitely stop by!

Tips When Visiting.
  • The Dyker Heights lights start the weekend after Thanksgiving. I recommend visiting mid- December so you're able to see more houses with  their decoration up!
  • Most houses turn on their light displays as soon as the sun goes down. So try to go around 5pm-9pm!
  • The weekends tend to get very crowded. So if you can I highly recommend going during the week.
  • Remember this is a residential area, so be respectful!
  • Bring some cash. Some houses have donation boxes out, so it's up to you if you want to leave a little something.
  • Dress warmly, the weather in December is unpredictable but most of the time it gets pretty cold. So if you're going to be walking around, bundle up.
  • When I visited I did see some food trucks (ice cream, fresh popcorn and nuts, and coffee) that were parked close to the houses with many decorations. But just in case, bring some snacks or hot drinks to enjoy while you stroll around.
  • I do recommend if you're coming in car to go early so you can find a parking spot. As it gets closer to Christmas, it gets pretty busy.
  • There is police patrolling the  area if it gets crazy and sometimes they block off certain streets.
  • You can totally visit here and do your own self guided tour but there are tours available to take if that's what you prefer.
Photo Diary.
holiday lights in dyker heights nyc

holiday lights in dyker heights nyc

holiday lights in dyker heights nyc

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holiday lights in dyker heights nyc

holiday lights in dyker heights nyc

holiday lights in dyker heights nyc

holiday heights in dyker heights nyc

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Have you ever visited Dyker Heights before?

59 comments

  1. Awesome Post! Christmas Spirit On!

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  2. Wow! I had never even heard of that, now I want to put it on my travel bucket list. Such an unique experience. My husband's family's first home was in Brooklyn, so I always have a soft spot for that part of New York City.

    Karen | https://OurCarpeDiem.com

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    1. You have to visit during the next holiday season for sure!

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  3. Just last night I watched a Christmas movie where this family went over the top decorating their home for Christmas. I thought who can spend so much on decorations and today I read your post! It sure is a reality and thats some serious Christmas decoration.

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    1. Haha that's so funny. These houses do exist where they go all out on decorations!

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  4. This time of year I love anything that has to do with Christmas lights! So pretty and puts me in a good mood. :)

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    1. I agree, something about the holiday cheer puts me in a good mood!

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  5. Gorgeous photos! I've always wanted to visit New York. I'll add Dyker Heights to my list of spots to check out when I go.

    www.poutineandprada.com

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  6. That is so cute and perfect for holiday pictures.

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  7. omg these holiday lights look so stunning! I would love to spend Christmas in Brooklyn, stunning.

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  8. wow, this looks so beautiful and festive. You would even know its christmas in Australia wherre im from!!

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  9. These lights and decorations look beautiful. Dyker Heights seems like great place to visit during the holiday season. Awesome pictures.

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  10. I love holiday lights. These are gorgeous!

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  11. I love looking at neighborhoods with lights. This one looks amazing! I can't wait to go this year.

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  12. Nnnooo, I have never visited Dyker Heights before. I would love to. Those are some great houses, by the way.

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  13. The lights in Dyker Heights are so amazing! I love how much care has gone into decorating every house differently. I would love to visit in the evening, when all the lights are on.

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    1. It's such a fun time walking around this neighborhood!

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  14. woooow this is on another level... People do really go all out on this season.

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    1. Yes they do, it's fun to walk around and check out all the houses!

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  15. Whoa, thisis insane,they do take the holisays seriously!
    Thanks for sharing

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  16. Never been but New York City is already on my bucket list since when I was a child and if I have a chance I will definitely visiting this place, so so beautiful!

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  17. that looks like so much fun. i bet my kid would love to see this.

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  18. I want to see the Holiday Lights in Dyker Heights! I hope it's very festive! Sounds like a great destination!

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  19. Wow, these houses look amazing! I wish I could decorate my hose like this, but I think I would get funny looks x

    Laura
    https://www.beautywithlala.com/

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    1. I got inspired to decorate but on the lawns of these houses there's a sign showing a company who decorates for them!

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  20. Holiday lights are my favorites during the holiday season. They are just fun to watch.

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  21. Everything looks so holly and jolly. :) I Love all the festive holiday decorating this time of the year.

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  22. Kristine Nicole AlessandraNovember 28, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Wow. These homes really go all out for their holiday decorations! We have a village nearby that does the same thing. It really is lovely and brings in all that holiday happy vibes!

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    1. Yes, the holiday cheer is such a warm vibe to have during this time!

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  23. Now that is how you go all out for the holidays. I would love to decorate my place like this!

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  24. Wow, I love going into neighborhoods and looking at all the Christmas decorations! I haven't gotten to do this much lately but this looks like a great place to start again! These decorations are great!

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    1. Me too, it's such a great activity to do during the holidays!

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  25. These are very beautiful and cheerful Christmas photos! Love them all~

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  26. Holy smokes ! These are some pretty impressive lights!

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  27. Definitely a great place to visit with the family. You can feel the Christmas vibe from the awesome decorations.

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  28. The elfishness in me is screaming with happiness. It looks like SO much fun! I love all those beautiful lights. Now I really wanna visit here!

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    1. I highly recommend coming here if you're ever in NYC during the holidays!

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  29. Wow they really go all out for Christmas that is alot of work.

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    1. I think some houses hire professional companies to decorate their houses.

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