WRITTEN BY JOHN MORREALE
During the Christmas season, many tourists flock to Rockefeller Center to see the world famous giant tree with its menagerie of multi-colored lights. However, Dyker Heights at Christmas just might give the tree a run for its money!
Dyker Heights is one of the few wealthier Brooklyn neighborhoods sandwiched between Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Gravesend Bay.
For a few weeks out of the year, Dyker Heights’ atmosphere is changed to a winter wonderland and residents from all over Brooklyn come to celebrate the spirit of the season.
The neighborhood is known to have some of the most over-the-top Christmas displays in the world. Dyker during the holidays had even been immortalized in a skit by former Late Night talk show host Conan O’Brien.
One of its more notable appearances was in PBS’ made for television documentary “Dyker Lights”. It chronicled the process of setting up the massive decorations and eventually taking them back down to be stored away for next year.
Directly after Thanksgiving, many of the home owners hire professionals to decorate their homes inside and out so tourists and residents alike can take part in the Christmas cheer.
Saint Francis College senior and Dyker Heights resident, Andrew Slips, replied “taking a walk to see the lights is something I must do, otherwise I cannot celebrate Christmas completely.”
Each home’s unique display consists of gigantic figurines like nutcrackers and an interactive 15-foot tall Santa Claus. One resident even has the entire cast of characters from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on their front lawn.
The best time to visit is from 7 PM to 9 PM on the weekends which gives it the fun feel of a popular theme park attraction.