The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020 guide

If you want to see spectacular holiday decorations, you must visit the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020 display

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
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Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020 display has definitely earned its stripes as one of the best New York attractions. What’s not to love about all that razzle-dazzle to get you in the Christmas spirit? The Brooklyn neighborhood is home to the most over-the-top Christmas light decorations with life-sized Santas, sleighs, snowmen and some houses even bump Christmas carols from loudspeakers. Crowds of all ages flock to the Kings County neighborhood to wander down the multiple blocks and avenues and experience one of the top things to do in NYC in the winter.

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When can I visit the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020?

Most of the homeowners—and professional decorating companies—hang their Christmas lights and decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. However, the best time to see the lights is mid-December through New Year’s Eve. We suggest going anytime between dusk and 9pm if you plan to travel by foot. Most of the houses turn their displays off after 9pm but some do leave theirs on later (depending on their bedtime). 

Where are the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020?

You’ll see breathtaking light displays from 11th to 13th Avenues (also known as Dyker Heights Blvd) from 83rd to 86th St in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. This year some houses won't be in full Christmas glam due to the pandemic, while others are sticking to tradition.

How do I get to the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020?

If you’re traveling by subway, take the D Train to 79th St and New Utrecht Ave, Brooklyn. However, you’ll have to walk 15 minutes to get to the houses (and the terrain is a bit hilly). Word to the wise: Traffic as well as parking is generally lousy, so you might want to leave your car at home, or leave enough time to sort the car.

Are there tours for the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020?

Usually yes, but this year, buses coming to Dyker Heights won’t be allowed to traverse the main strip. Some popular tour bus companies have bowed out entirely this year, including the popular A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours due to health and safety concerns.

Is there anything else I should be aware of for the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020?

If you are heading to Dyker Heights this year, be sure to respect the neighborhood like it's your own, starting with keeping properties clean of trash in the name of respect and sanitation. There will be extra receptacles in the area. Also, be smart! While in past years spectators often walked up the stairs of houses to get a better photo-op of the decor, this year that's a massive no-no. Many houses are putting tape across the front of their homes and entryways to avoid onlookers on their property.

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020

10 amazing photos of this year’s Dyker Heights Christmas lights
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10 amazing photos of this year’s Dyker Heights Christmas lights

Dyker Heights is aglow! Residents across the Kings County neighborhood are back in the holiday spirit this year, spreading joy through over-the-top decorations and life-size, illuminated Santas. During the first week of December, homes spanning three avenues and several streets in the Brooklyn nabe have already switched on their dazzling lights. Grab your parkas, mittens and masks to experience one of the best things to do this December. And even better: It's one that's both outdoors and socially distanced. While there are no official Dyker Heights rules and regulations, be respectful of the neighborhood. As crowds are a problem during the pandemic, officers will be on site to ensure masks are being worn, and social distancing guidelines are being followed. Check out some marvelous photos below of some residences that are already leaning into this New York tradition.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Wen Huang (@wenman2) View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝗘𝗿𝗶𝗻 𝗗𝗲𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗼 (@omgerind) View this post on Instagram A post shared by @californian_beast1 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Paola Lazzarin (@paola_lazzarin) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vinny Nicastro (@vinnyschristmasdecorators) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mr Justin (@jts7jt) View this post on Instagram A post shared by NycToday (@nyct0day) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ksenia Li (@ksenia_li77) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karen Ganesh (@_kng84) View this post on Instagram A post shared by J (@upsydaisy57) Most popular on Time Out - A first look at New York City's newest park along the Hudson River- Watch a harrowing video of the Verrazzano Bridge rocking and groaning in monday's high winds- The 101 best sex scenes of all time- The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020 guide- The 100 best movies of all time Want to know what’s cool in the city before your friends do? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from NYC and beyond.

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