DYKER HEIGHTS — Thousands of spectators descend upon Dyker Heights each December to see a sparkling holiday light show put on by dozens of neighborhood residents.
People who live on 83rd to 86th streets between 11th and 13th avenues decorate their homes with lights, dancing statues, reindeer, Santa Claus, Nativity scenes and more from Thanksgiving until the New Year — and this year people from as far as Dallas, Texas, came out to see the show.
The holiday light extravaganza has been going on for more than 20 years and gets bigger with each passing year, according to residents.
Dominic Schlossberg, 14, said his family decorates their home for the event every year because it is a sort of contest between neighbors.
"It gets competitive around here — you want to have the best house," he said. "The mood of the whole neighborhood inspires you to do it."
Schlossberg and his twin brother, Harrison, sell cannoli outside their house for $2 and made a profit of $144 last year.
"We are on our way to doubling that this year," he said.
Brenda Allen said she came all the way from Dallas, Texas, to see the show.
"I read about it on the Internet and wanted to see, so we made a trip of it," she said. "I've never seen anything like this — it's gaudy, but beautiful."
The Barrali family made the trek from Cliffside, N.J. to see the lights in Dyker Heights.
"It's outlandish but nice to see," said John Barrali.
"I love it because I own a lot of stock in Con Ed," he joked.