1. Neighborhood: Dyker Heights
The homes from 11th to 13th Avenues and 83rd to 86th Streets showcase some of the most extravagant light displays in the U.S. Some of the displays are done professionally, and they feature everything from twinkle lights to inflatable decorations and motorized displays. Some displays are up by Thanksgiving, but the neighborhood is in its full glory in mid-December. Cars are discouraged, so visitors should take the subway. But bundle up -- the nearest stop is almost a mile away.