Dyker Heights in Brooklyn is considered Christmas Central here in the city in terms of holiday decorations. The folks here compete against each other to see who can provide the glitziest, gaudiest, most Christmassy Christmas lights on the block.
Life-sized carolers, bear-shaped topiaries....a 14-foot, 800 pound animatronic Santa. Eighteen-foot toy soldiers, reindeers, snowmen and everything else that represents the season is in attendance--bigger and brighter than you'd find anyplace else.
You can hop the subway and take the tour on your own (80th to 85th Streets between Tenth and Fourteenth Avenues...take the D train from West 4th), but it's probably more fun to take the guided tour.
It runs from Friday to Monday starting at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $55 and children under 12 cost $45.
You'll leave with candy canes, refrigerate magnets and great stories courtesy of the guides. Because, come on, anyone who decks out their home like that has to be a character.
And yes, they will feed you cannoli at the end of the tour!
Image via Allan Harris/Flickr