Why would I trek over an hour on the sluggish D train to Brooklyn and then wander another 20 minutes from the 18th Avenue subway station in Bensonhurst? For the extravagant Christmas lights in Dyker Heights, of course. The online real estate company, Redfin, considers this mostly Italian-American neighborhood to be among the top five neighborhoods in the U.S. to see holiday lights.
Multi-floor balconies are decked out with glowing red bows and garlands of lights. Giant lighted gingerbread stand sentinel on one lawn. Another outlined their gazebo in blue, red and white lights, and set up brilliant reindeer and a golden sleigh nearby. This homeowner allows the public to shoot photos of their kids in the sleigh.
Colorful icicles drip from the eaves, trees are densely peppered with scarlet lights from the tippy top to the base; animated toy soldiers peep out of windows; grand staircases, pillars and old fashioned street lamps are bejeweled with gold, azure and emerald lights; a small merry-go-round spins; and a giant animatronic Santa beckons all. Even the trees along the sidewalks glitter with the dangling snowflakes and Christmas balls. And, of course, the Eiffel Tower makes an appearance on one property. Tacky? I don't think so.
Monday, December 23, 2013
The Best Christmas Lights in New York City
Posted by J The Travel Authority at 5:37 PM
Labels: Christmas, New York, New York City, North America, walking
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I would love to see this. We always drive around our neighborhood on Christmas Eve to look at lights.
What fun! I recall the excitement of seeing the store windows decorated for Christmas time in Manhattan. This takes the joy to a whole new...borough!
wow impressive I bet loads of folks visit
Hi Brette, It's always fun driving around neighborhoods that are decked out for the holidays. My hood is basically dark.
Hi merr, Checking out the department store windows in Manhattan is a must during the holidays, especially those of Bergdorf Goodman.
Hi Rebecca, Tons of people make the trek to Dyker Heights, even out of towners.
I love these photos. It must have been so much fun to see these in person!
I love these photos. I'd imagine seeing these in person had to be so much fun.
Hi Sheryl, I adored it. And I can't believe I'd never been to this neighborhood before. I'm definitely returning next year.
I used to live in Paris France, where no one put up lights like these. I think that is what made me appreciate them so much. Thanks for posting this great selection.
Hi Alexandra, I had no idea that elaborate Christmas lights cannot be found in Paris. But then, when I've traveled through Spain on the holidays, I did notice a lack of the crazy, amazing Christmas lights I found in Dyker Heights.
Oh my goodness - those lights are awesome! I hope they leave them up for a bit into the new year.
Hi Jane Louise, I don't know how long they leave 'em up. Hopefully this week but not sure. They sure are wonderful.
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