Many people travel to New York at Christmas time and it is impossible to avoid the commotion with this season, right? I personally love this date- I think I like more than my own birthday! And face it, New York is amazing at Christmas time – and I think a lot of people get even more delighted because so many movies that are in our memory. So many lights, trees, music … a magical atmosphere! But if you want to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere here and go much further than the Rockefeller Christmas tree, I recommend a walk through of Dyker Heights region in Brooklyn!
This region is famous for super decorated houses at Christmas time. There are thousands of colored lights in a lot of houses, illuminating the streets, attracting many tourists to the area. The tradition began in 1986 and now the place attracts about 100,000 tourists every year who visit the neighborhood to check this decorating show. The houses have that typical American design, which makes it even more charming. We were there last year – and I took advantage to make a few clicks, that I share with you now.
It’s certainly a cool program for those who are in the city at Christmas time! Remember that there is no exact date for the residents begin to decorate the houses. Generally, some lights already appear after Thanksgiving (late November), but the best view is in mid-December – and they keep the lights through January 8th. Also, it is better to visit the neighborhood during the weekends, from 5pm to 9pm – because the lights are switched off after this time, generally. The houses are located between 11th Avenue and 13th Avenue, from 83rd to 86th Street.
To get there, you need to take the subway – D line to 79St station or R to 86th St. As the region is far away from the station, you need to take a bus – check out Google Maps – and get off at 13th Avenue. If you want, A Slice of Brooklyn offers special bus tours, departing from Union Square – $ 50 per ticket.
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.