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Is this the most festive neighborhood in America? 25ft nutcrackers, light shows, a massive moving Santa and the NYPD on patrol - New York's Dyker Heights spreads A LOT of yuletide cheer

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Dyker Heights in Brooklyn New York rolls out some of the very best elaborately decorated homes for Christmas, turning an otherwise ordinary neighborhood into a winter wonderland.  

Every year on Thanksgiving Day, residents start decorating their homes, with each one trying to out-do the next with jaw dropping, fantastic displays.

Some homes boast up to 30,000 lights, 25-foot tall nutcrackers and larger than life talking Santas. 

a group of people on a stage in front of a building: Merry and bright: This home went with the tasteful light display with large wreaths and well placed snowflakes all about the exterior  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Merry and bright: This home went with the tasteful light display with large wreaths and well placed snowflakes all about the exterior 

In 2010, Lucy's husband Angelo gifted her the two 25-foot tall toy soldiers which were delivered on a flat bed truck. 

Now, the otherwise quiet tiny Italian enclave sees over 100,000 visitors a year.

Massive trees require massive lights! Someone had to climb a ladder to get these trees decorated just right  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Massive trees require massive lights! Someone had to climb a ladder to get these trees decorated just right 

The NYPD is even on patrol just to make sure everyone enjoys the festivities safely.  

a close up of a toy store: Taking a step back you get a better idea of just how many ornaments are covering the home © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Taking a step back you get a better idea of just how many ornaments are covering the home

There are even bus tours with 'A Slice of Brooklyn' that will take you down the most spectacular blocks, while the bus plays Christmas movies and gives out candy canes. 

The displays usually stay up until January 4 or 5.

a stop sign at night: JOY! This sign gets plenty of attention from the eager social media crowd ready for a picture perfect snap © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited JOY! This sign gets plenty of attention from the eager social media crowd ready for a picture perfect snap

The blocks that have the most lights are from 11th to 13th Avenues and from 83rd to 86th Streets.

a group of people on a stage: Some houses are so loaded with decorations that its nearly impossible to fit all of the Christmas eye candy into one shot

Some houses are so loaded with decorations that its nearly impossible to fit all of the Christmas eye candy into one shot
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The festive tradition has been going on since the mid-1980s when a resident named Lucy Spata, now 58-years-old, started her own over-the-top decorating to spread the yuletide cheer.

She said it initially started in honor of her late mother, who loved Christmas decorations. 

a christmas tree: Massive Santa teddy bears flank the sides of the lawn at this done up lawn in Dyker Heights  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Massive Santa teddy bears flank the sides of the lawn at this done up lawn in Dyker Heights 

Initially, Lucy's neighbors weren't thrilled with the spectacle.  

However, she persisted, and as the years went on, more and more residents joined in in the spirit of spreading merriment and wonder to all who stroll the blocks.    

a close up of a tree: Stunning: The twinkling lights adorning this home's trees give a fairyland effect 

Stunning: The twinkling lights adorning this home's trees give a fairyland effect 
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