You’ll be blown away by the stunning Christmas lights and decorations in Dyker Heights! Over 100,000 people visit Dyker Heights each year to see the most over-the-top Christmas decorations.
A must for NYC Christmas visitors and locals! You’ll see inflatable Santas, snowmen, carols, musical accompaniment, motorized Christmas deco and more!
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TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT
- Dress warmly! December can be very cold so make sure to bring your winter coat, gloves, scarf, hat, etc.
- Depending on the weather and mainly on weekends, there will be vendors selling snacks and drinks.
WHEN IS THE TIME TO GO TO DYKER HEIGHTS
From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.
Weekend after Thanksgiving: when most of the houses in Dyker Heights hang their Christmas decorations.
Many houses will remain lit and decorated through January 4th.
BEST TIME TO GO TO DYKER HEIGHTS
From mid-December through New Year’s Eve.
If you go too early, some houses may not be fully lit and decorated yet.
It’s being said that the best displays are usually on weekends than weeknights.
Crowds are thinner after Christmas Day.
BEST HOURS TO GO TO DYKER HEIGHTS
5pm to 9pm.
Many houses turn their lights on at 5pm after dusk. At 9pm, some houses start turning their lights off when they go to sleep.
It’ll always be crowded, especially in the most famous Christmas houses. You’ll find less crowds around 8pm.
WHERE TO GO IN DYKER HEIGHTS TO SEE THE BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
From 83rd to 86th Streets between 11th & 13th Ave.
Make sure to see those streets and the avenues as well!
POPULAR CHRISTMAS HOUSES IN DYKER HEIGHTS
Most popular street: 84th St. between 11th & 12th Ave.
The Spata House
1152 84th St. between 11th & 12th Ave. Packed with all sorts of holiday objects: toy soldiers, Santas, snowmen, nutcrackers, reindeers, angels, choir girls, etc. The house has more than 20,000 lights!
The Polizzotto House
1145 84th St. between 11th & 12th Ave. Decorated with a pair of 29-foot (8.8m) high wooden soldiers that wave their arms.
Sam the Greek
71st St. and 14th Avenue. A 3 story house decorated with thousands of lights. About 10 blocks away from the Spata house.
HOW TO GET TO DYKER HEIGHTS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
4 ways to get there:
- Bus Tour
- Own Car
TRANSPORTATION TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
In my opinion, this is the best option to get to Dyker Heights!
- Travel time by taxi: half-hour drive from lower Manhattan and 40min from Midtown.
- Going by taxi is the fastest option.
- You can chose to go on a different day if it rains the day you wanna go.
- You can stay there as long as you want and take your time with each house, street and avenue.
- It’s cheaper than the bus tour if you are 2 or more. Click here to get a promo code. Taking the taxi from Lower Manhattan is cheaper than taking it from midtown or Upper West or East. If it’s only you, I’d recommend to take the subway to Financial District and request a car from that location so it’ll end up costing almost the same as the bus tour 😉
Keep in mind that you won’t find yellow cabs in Dyker Heights. You’ll need to request a taxi from your phone (plus is cheaper than Yellow Cabs) to go back to Manhattan. Make sure to bring your charger if by any chance you run out of battery. There are restaurants and food shops along 13th Ave. between 79th & 70th Streets where you can charge your phone if needed.
The subway station is a little far from the best Christmas houses in Dyker Heights. It’s a 20′ minute walk from the subway station to the houses on 84th St.
D/M trains to 18th Av in Brooklyn.
R train to 86 St. in Brooklyn.
- Travel time by subway: an hour from Manhattan.
- It’s the cheapest option but the slowest one.
The recommended bus tour A Slice of Brooklyn takes people every night in December through Jan. 4th, excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Book your tickets in advance because this tour always sells out early!
- Tickets: it’s a bit pricey! Adults: $50 – Children under 12: $40. Book your tickets here.
- Tour length: about 3 and a half hours.
- Cons: it feels a bit rushed.
GETTING HERE WITH YOUR CAR
It’s not recommended to bring your own car due to traffic along the streets of Dyker Heights and parking.
Parking is easier on the avenue blocks and after Christmas Day.
MORE ABOUT DYKER HEIGHTS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Some homeowners decorate their own houses but many of them are done by professional decorating companies.
The cost of installing, serving, removing and storing those Christmas decorations by a professional company is between $3,000 and $6,000. In addition to the cost of the decorations itself and electricity.
Most people wonder how much these houses spend in electricity with so many lights on. There are rumors that some houses end up paying a $10,000 electric bill in December!
The Spata House and the Polizzotto House were among the first families to begin the tradition of decorating their houses in the neighborhood in the 1980’s for Christmas season.
Enjoy some photos below!