Dyker Heights today is a mostly Italian-American area filled with families, landscaped gardens, and plenty of beautiful freestanding mansions. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge serves as a peaceful backdrop to the neighborhood, which remains a quiet and historically sought-after place to live in Brooklyn.
During the Christmas season, however, Dyker Heights is anything but quiet. Tourists and NYC residents alike come from near and far to see the elaborate Christmas light displays for which the area is known. Visitors are greeted by houses decked in thousands of blinding Christmas lights (the famed "Dyker Lights"), enormous inflatable Santa Clauses, and wildly over-the-top holiday decorations that have been featured in everything from a PBS documentary to a segment on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.