Christmas Light Display Brings Combination of Cheer and Disgust

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People living in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood don’t take Christmas decorations lightly. These New York residents go all in for the holidays, and after hours of work and often thousands of dollars later, their yards look spectacularly bright, gaudy, and festive. Visitors travel from all around to see the lights and decorations that rival when Clark Griswold’s house cut power to the whole neighborhood in the movie “Christmas Vacation.”

Some neighbors feel like the displays encourage friendly competition of who can build the flashiest monument to Christmas, but sadly, there are a few people who are saying the lights are too over-the-top.

“I don’t want to sound like a Scrooge,” Joyce Arpin confessed to ABC, “but it’s horrible.” The lights have made the neighborhood a tourist destination, and some of the resident’s parking spaces have been taken over by tour buses. Others say that people are walking through their yards to get such a close look that they’re even peeking into windows.

Even though it’s become overwhelming for some residents, the tradition continues on strongly this holiday season. “There is no admission to pay to see the lights. It’s a regular neighborhood, with real people living inside their homes doing their thing throughout the holiday season. Please enjoy viewing their displays and taking photos from the sidewalk. And please respect their privacy and do not litter,” the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Facebook page states.

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