If you’re like us (i.e., a sometimes cynical New Yorker who’s been there and done everything), the idea of spending an evening looking at Christmas lights seems like a moderately fun idea at best. That’s where the Dyker Heights Christmas lights come in, ready to melt even the iciest Scrooge heart and get you pumped for Christmas in New York—or wherever you’re headed! The Brooklyn neighborhood is famous for its over-the-top, no-holds-barred, oh-my-God-there’s-an-animatronic-Santa-on-the-roof light shows, and this year’s display is no exception. Lots of homes even employ professional decorators for the holiday lights (really!) to make sure their house is the craziest on the block. (The famed Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour is mostly sold out, but walking around on your own is just as much fun. And who’s to stop you from buying your own damn cannoli?) Seriously, folks, these houses will blow your mind—and these awe-inspiring photos should do the trick until you can get there yourself.
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