This Brooklyn hamlet is home to some of the most outrageous and expensive holiday decorations in the city. Forget about Macy's-we say catch the D train, hail a cab or hop in your car on the BQE to this neighborhood where more is more when it comes to the holidays. The Dyker Heights' families try to out-light each other in a good-natured competition.
The visitors are the big winners. In addition to lights and displays you'll get plenty of pumped in music.
Time your trip between 6 and 9 pm and plan to dress warm to walk through the neighborhood (some houses have characters dressed up as Santa or Mrs. Claus). Be sure to bring a stroller--the walk can be tiring for little legs. I'm not sure how the festivities began, but I'm glad I got tipped off to them a few years ago.
Dyker Heights Brooklyn: 11th Avenue to 13th Avenue and from 83rd to 86th Street
Subways: D/M trains to 18th Ave; R train to 86th Street