The Lights at Dyker Heights
When it comes to Christmas, one of my favorite parts of celebrating is enjoying the lights around the city. It certainly gets my family in the mood for the holidays. If you are into holiday lights, you will enjoy the multiple masterpieces you will find in Brooklyn. One of the best displays, in my opinion, is in Dyker Heights. There are never ending Christmas light displays with accompanying musical scores throughout the entire neighborhood of Dyker Heights. With all the inflatable fine and familiar friends, everyone who visits New York should visit these light displays at least once. Many people from out of town drive in to enjoy these beautiful Brooklyn homes, with over 100,000 people yearly visiting.
The annual tradition of Christmas lights in Dyker Heights began in 1980. It started as one resident, Lucy Sparta, decided to decorate her house with lights and decor that seemed over the top. Though some neighbors became upset over her efforts, other neighbors began decorating their homes extravagantly as well. That is where the tradition was born. Each year since then, the decorations have become more elaborate. In fact, some homeowners hire professional decorators for their light displays.
The lights in Dyker Heights Are Typically Pit up around Thanksgiving and kept up through New Year’s Eve. Some of the homeowners even keep up the lights through the first week of January.
One of my favorite things to do when visiting Dyker Heights is talking with the homeowners. There are many back stories to the lights each homeowner displays. On one particular home, a new bear is added to the light display each time a new grandchild is added to the family. The best way to find out about the stories is by visiting the homes and speaking with the homeowners that make themselves available.
If you love Christmas lights, you certainly want to check out Dyker Heights. If you prefer, there are guided tours available for you to easily and comfortably tour the neighborhood.