The Local’s Guide To Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2015


It’s that magical time of year, when Dyker Heights is aglow with a gazillion LED bulbs.

Local photographer Will Caruso scoped out the scene this year and marked the streets with the most fabulous displays. As of Saturday, some of the homes most famous for their Christmas decorations were still dark, and the best displays were concentrated.

Click on the tiles below to check ’em out:

Folks got creative with color this year. In addition to the usual Santas, sleighs, and soldiers accompanied by red and gold lights, many displays incorporated shades of pink and purple. There were snowmen, snowflakes, reindeer, nativity scenes, and more.

We also spotted some impressive motorized displays, including some characters that were straight out of Goosebumps.

Case in point, this abominable snowman:

In addition to its incredible Christmas displays, the neighborhood is known for having an abundance of fabulous old-fashioned Italian pastry shops. A tour of the Dyker Heights’ holiday lights would not be complete without a cannoli pitstop. So, warm up with a cup of cocoa and try a cannoli at one of the area’s legendary bakeries.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites.

Hot Chocolate & Cannoli Hot Spots

  1. Panino Rustico (8222 17th Avenue), 10am – 10pm
  2. Tasty Pastry Shoppe (8218 13th Avenue), Weekdays & Sunday: 9am – 8pm, Friday & Saturday: 9am – 9pm, Closed Mondays
  3. Grandma’s Bakery (7208 13th Avenue), 7am – 8:30pm
  4. Mona Lisa Bakery (7717 13th Avenue), 6am – 8pm
  5. Villabate Alba (7001 18th Avenue), 7am – 9pm
  6. Cannoli Plus (6903 New Utrecht Avenue), 7:30am – 5pm

Get any photos of Dyker Heights’ spectacular Christmas light show? Send them for a chance to be featured on our site!

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  • Emily Ann Frances May

    Good write-up of your experience, Rachel. Will’s photos are excellent. It really is like a fairyland. I wrote about my visit this past Friday and put it up at my blog:
    Do you know what happened to Campania Bakery and Rispoli Bakery?

    • William Caruso

      Thank you so much for the kind words Emily. Im glad you enjoyed the photos and the story 🙂

      • Emily Ann Frances May

        I love your news site. Really, you’re all doing so much to keep us informed on our immediate locale. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday.

        • William Caruso

          Thank you, i only take the pictures tho. The credit goes to Rachel and her team lol. And same to you and your family

        • William Caruso

          Hey thanks for getting back to me, and im sorry for the late response. I looked over everything and i would be honored to show my work off in your gallery. Sadly i wont be able to do so at this time, I had no clue it cost that much and i have been laid off for a few months. I was just looking for a way to share my work with people.But would it be possible in the near future when i do have the money to contact you again?