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Our Trip to New York City and Dyker Heights – Part 2 of 2

{ Posted on Dec 11 2010 by Marcus Alston }

This holiday season, I saw the most amazing concentration of Christmas decoration displays I have ever seen in my life in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.  If you want to see some of the most extravagant decorations during the holiday season, you must make the trip to the Dyker Heights.  Dyker Heights exceeded my expectations after an underwhelming visit to  Rockefeller City in New York City earlier in the day.

The sweet spot of the area is 83rd to 86th Streets between 11th Avenue to 13th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.   84th Street between 12th and 11th Avenues, and 12th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets were particularly amazing.  These houses had decorations such as 15 foot nutcrackers, a 25 foot Santa Claus that speaks, moving motorized carousels with near life size moving figurines, motorized figurines on balconies, plus extravagant light displays.  One house had about 20 Christmas themed inflatables and a real life Santa (complete with helper) that you could take a picture with and talk to.  Christmas music was blaring tastefully from the outdoor speakers of a few of the houses too.  Many of the Christmas light displays were done professionally and I understand that there is an unofficial competition among the neighbors to see who can out do the other.  When we visited, cars were slowly touring the area and others parked and walked around.  It was a great must see scene that I hope continues forever—its been going on for about 25 years now according to ABC’s Good Morning America.  I plan to tell all my friends and family and plan to take my mother by there this year.  Between the New York City trip and the Dyker Heights trip, we spent about $150: about $40 on gas, $20 on tolls (estimate), $35 on food (we brought a lot of own snacks from home, stopped at McDonald’s for lunch and went to an ok pizza place in Brooklyn in Dyker Heights for dinner), $20 for parking, $2 tip, $3 on a pretzel, $15 on goods from a vendor, and $15 at FAO Schwartz.

If you go.  The displays go up right after Thanksgiving and continue through Christmas, but we went in early December on Saturday.  The best viewing time is mid-December with the weekends being better than the weeknights.  The best time is between 7pm-9pm and don’t want to go too late, because folks will turn off their lights at some point.  We were there between 8pm and 8:30pm.  The Dyker Heights display attracts an estimated 150,000 visitors every year.

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