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Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
Okay, okay. It's not technically a small town, but Dyker Heights,, a neighborhood in South Brooklyn, shares a lot of traits with small towns—loyalty, pride, close-knit families and a deep, slightly competitive affection for Christmas lights. Residents of this walkable Italian-American enclave erect intricate and spectacular displays on and around their homes. Strolling around Dyker Heights will convince you that there's a small town lurking in the heart of the big city.
Queens residents love hokiday lights and it’s Christmas again in Whitestone — look no further than the corner of 166th Street and 23rd Avenue.
After a one-year hiatus, what may be the most famous single house in the borough is again shining bright. Located at the intersection of 166th Street and 23rd Avenue, known as Santa's Corner, the home is traditionally wrapped in thousands of twinkling lights, plus lawn figures and a glass display case filled with moving toys.
Like the Bronx's Christmas House, this tastefully flamboyant home also accepts donations for a local children’s charity.
The Christmas House Of The Garabedian Family
1605 Pelham Pkwy N, Bronx
The Garabedian family's home on Pelham Parkway North is known to many as the Christmas House. A mix of the traditional nativity, angels galore and nearly 200 animated figures, all glammed up in old-school Hollywood-style gowns. Holiday music blares from speakers. A definite must see!
Lights for Life
107 Sharrotts Rd, Staten Island
Joe DiMartino and his family have transformed their house into a Christmas wonderland annually in honor of DiMartino's wife, Debra Ann, who was killed on 9/11. The display covers every square inch of the property and includes tableaus like Mrs. Claus baking gingerbread, a nativity scene, and more. New this year, an ice skating rink.
Donations are collected for Staten Island University Hospital's pediatric cancer ward.
Through Monday, December 31, 2018
Sunday through Thursday, dusk until 10 pm
Friday and Saturday dusk until 11 pm
New this year, Magic of Lights is a mile-long drive-through exhibit located at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Pay by the car at the gate, or purchase a Dash Pass for quicker admittance.