Brooklyn's world-famous Dyker Heights is known for its stunning Christmas displays showcased by local residents every year. So, we, like many others, came from miles away to walk through the gorgeous Christmas wonderland ourselves.
The magic started back in about 1986 - when the residents of 84th Street started to decorate their homes for the silly season. Soon, all of the neighbours had followed suit and it became somewhat of a spectacle as time went on.
To see the Dyker Heights Christmas lights, Hugh and I jumped on a bus tour - which also stopped at another Brooklyn neighbourhood on the way into town. And wow - were we greeted with light (perhaps how the three wise men had felt seeing the star...).
Thousands of lights, no doubt representing thousands of dollars, twinkled down at us from every window, chimney, crack and corner. With many residents employing companies to install their displays each year, it's no surprise they were so fantastic.
Because we'd taken the earlier, 5 pm bus, we enjoyed the relatively quiet atmosphere.
We meandered around the streets in our own time, taking all of the Dyker Heights Christmas lights in. I'd recommend going earlier, because you'll still enjoy them (it's still quite dark due to the time of year), without the hordes of people.
When we'd finished, we returned to the bus. The whole trip took about three hours and was a wonderful way to finish a day in New York.
I hope you've enjoyed the sparkly photos of some of the lovely homes we saw.
I personally love a 'manicured' style of Christmas display, so the homes with the windows framed and the trees neatly wrapped in lights are right up my street. The generous use of garlands, wreaths, simple red bows and ribbon as decoration was lovely to see.
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