Stories behind impressive Christmas lights in Queens and Brooklyn

The light-bright houses of Dyker Heights, may get the tour buses during the holiday season, but there are some other shining standouts worth a trip this year. We visited three mesmerizing houses in Queens and Brooklyn that deck the halls and then some. Each has a unique tradition and backstory, but all have presumably one thing in common – very large electric bills for the month of December.

The hard work — and the extra expense — are all worth it to these families, who make sure to cover every inch of their property with twinkling lights, waving Santas, and snowman statues, all for the sake of spreading neighborhood joy.

One trip to either one of these homes and you’ll realize something special is happening. Enraptured drivers slow down as they pass, excited kids squeal with delight and adults snap pictures on their smartphones. If your house is the backdrop of a selfie, you know you’re doing something right.

Santa certainly won’t be able to miss these houses, and neither should you!

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