It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially so in Dyker Heights, where thousands upon thousands of spectators flock each holiday season to get a glimpse of the storied “Dyker Lights.”
The rows and rows of lavishly lit displays date back to the 1980s, and have since grown to become a global phenomenon. Though the spectacle — namely, the tour buses and crowds they draw — causes some headaches for local residents, Dyker Lights remains a beloved holiday tradition, and a neighborhood staple that draws attention (and business) to southern Brooklyn year after year.
The bulk of the festive display spans the mid-80s between 11th and 13th avenues, but decorations are present through most of the nabe.
Traditionally, locals begin decking their halls around Thanksgiving — and this year is no different. On Monday night, Nov. 28, a majority of Dyker’s biggest Christmas displays and “holiday houses” were already aglow for all to see. And there were some pre-December crowds revved up and ready to go.
For more on Dyker Lights (and what some locals had to say of its return), check out Brooklyn Paper’s previous reporting. For more footage of this year’s displays, be sure to follow Brooklyn Paper on social media.