**Updated : December 2022**
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What are the Dyker Lights?
The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights began in the 80's by a woman named Lucy Spata. Inspired to continue a tradition her mother began, the neighborhood wasn't always in on creating this wonderful masterpiece of Christmas lights. Now, this entire neighborhood of homes in Brooklyn goes all out to decorate their houses from head to toe in all the best Christmas lights and decorations - lights, blow-ups, fake snow, Santas, you name it. Not to mention, these houses themselves will blow your minds with their fountains, winding staircases, and columns lining their houses and ranging on average from $1,000,000 to much, much more. You’ll even find hot chocolate stands throughout the area as well as local vendors selling t-shirts and toys.
How to See the Lights
These festive lights and decor are put up beginning the third Thursday of November, and can be seen every night from dusk until about 9 or 10 pm. They begin coming down around early to mid January. Although there are tours available, we highly recommend taking an Uber nearby or taking the subway and walking, which is what we did. We were honestly a little unsure about walking in the dark, but quickly found out there were many others doing the same, and that Dyker Heights is actually one of the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Subway directions are also pretty easy, even if you’re uncomfortable or haven’t ridden one before. Just grab a metro card at one of the ticket booths at every subway station, and ride Line D to 79th Street or Line R to 86th Street, from there you can walk! It’s also worth noting that typically most houses will not put out the baby Jesus of each nativity set until Christmas Eve.
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