There’s nothing more magical than New York City at Christmastime. But with endless attractions and millions of tourists, holiday cheer can get lost in the hustle and bustle. If you’re looking to for a more low-key experience this year, consider spending Christmas in Brooklyn! You can admire beautifully decorated homes, go shopping for unique gifts, and relax in Brooklyn’s peaceful, less congested environment. Here are some nice events and activities to enjoy this holiday season.
4 Ways to Have the Best Christmas in Brooklyn
1. Take a Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour
Dyker Heights is a historic Italian community that features some of the most spectacular holiday displays in the country. Each year, over 100,000 people flock to the area to admire the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights. Feel free to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood, or take a 3.5-hour bus tour with A Slice of Brooklyn. Guided rides are offered every night in December and begin at Union Square in Manhattan. Be sure to secure your seat in advance!
2. Visit the Holiday Markets
Need to do some last-minute Christmas shopping? Skip the generic big box stores and shop locally at one of the many holiday markets in Brooklyn. Local merchants in Prospect Heights and Park Slope have weekend and evening promotions where they offer customers free wine or cookies, discounts on merchandise, and special bargains. You can even explore vintage markets like the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene. There are artists all over Brooklyn, and many sell their unique, one-of-a-kind items at Christmas markets throughout December.
3. Have Fun with the Kids
Because Brooklyn is so low key and family-friendly, it’s the perfect place to enjoy some magical Christmas fun during the holiday season. Take the kids to one of the many holiday fairs at Brooklyn schools, or head to Prospect Park for a variety of free programs. Be sure to check out Santa’s Parade in Greenpoint where the kids can dress up as an elf, reindeer, or Santa and march through town. It’s a wonderful local festival the whole family will love!
4. Admire the World’s Largest Menorah
If your family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, there’s no need to worry! There are plenty of fun things to do in Brooklyn for those who participate in other holidays. Each year, Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza lights the world’s largest Hanukkah Menorah. Guests of all ages can go to the top of Prospect Park and watch as the giant gold icon becomes illuminated on the Hanukkah’s first night. Stop by the kickoff concert prior to the lighting and enjoy yummy potato pancakes and live music.
Book Your Stay with At Home In Brooklyn
When searching for the perfect place to stay this holiday season, look no further than our Park Slope bed and breakfast. Our beautiful inn has everything you need for a memorable retreat and is just minutes from some of the best holiday attractions in town. Enjoy comfortable guest rooms, luxurious amenities, and a complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay. We look forward to spending Christmas in Brooklyn with you!
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