Well, once Thanksgiving comes and goes, the holiday season enters into full swing in New York City. One of the things people love about the holiday season is the lighting, as New York goes full-Christmas mode. Now of course, everybody knows about the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (which gets lit up on Wednesday night), and all the lights on 5th avenue.
There is one little neighborhood in Brooklyn, however, that does Christmas like nobody else in town. That town, of course, is Dyker Heights, whose Christmas lights have garnered international media attention. While many of the decorations remain the same each year, it is still a sight to behold. If you want to get the complete Dyker Heights Christmas experience, you can begin visiting this upcoming weekend.
There are two ways you can visit the neighborhood to enjoy the lights. The first option is to take the Christmas Lights & Cannoli Tour, provided by the folks at A Slice Of Brooklyn, a company that provides tours throughout the borough. After the tour is completed, they take you for some hot chocolate and cannolis.
The second, of course, is to get there by train or car. Now I’ve never taken public transportation to get there, but I’ve heard that it takes a series of trains and buses, which may not be ideal. My preferred way of reaching the lights is driving. Nevertheless, if you would like to get there, in any form, the ideal address to use in case of GPS or the always-useful Google Maps, is 12th Ave & 84th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228 as your ending point. For more information, you can also follow the neighborhood’s official Christmas Facebook page here.