Holiday Decorations. Even the most Scrooged of hearts fall under the spell of the dazzling scenes illuminated by twinkling lights and joyful colors that start to appear around Thanksgiving. New York ignites with some of the most magnificent displays to celebrate the season. Each year, tourists flock to the tree at Rockefeller Center and show-stopping window displays from Tiffany, Henri Bendel, and Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. But did you know that Brooklyn boasts brilliant exhibits that deserve a visit? Venture out of Manhattan to see these festive Brooklyn holiday decorations.
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Each year, residents of Dyker Heights, a mostly Italian-American neighborhood in southwestern Brooklyn, adorn their homes with an eruption of Christmas lights along with inflatable Santas, reindeer, nutcracker soldiers, and giant candy canes. Aptly nicknamed Dyker Lights, this winter wonderland offers a whimsical, mind-blowing holiday experience like no other. The stunning light displays can be seen from 11th to 13th Avenues and 83rd to 86th Streets in Dyker Heights. Rather than battling traffic and fighting for a parking place, hop the D train to 79th instead, and walk west.
World’s Largest Menorah at Grand Army Plaza
Since 1984, the world’s largest menorah has attracted visitors to Grand Army Plaza at the main entrance of Prospect Park. Standing as a towering symbol of Hanukah, the impressive structure is ceremoniously lit over the course of eight nights (mark your calendars from December 12 – 19 this year). Onlookers celebrate with live music and hot latkes, as gifts are passed out to the children.
Holiday Tree Lighting in Carroll Gardens
Carroll Gardens kicks off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting party at Carroll Park. Everyone is invited, and rumor has it Santa is expected to make an appearance! Get in the festive mood by singing Christmas Carols while warming up with tasty treats. The event is scheduled for Friday, December 8, 2017, from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring a can or box of non-perishable food to donate to the City Harvest holiday drive. Afterward, be sure to roam the neighborhood and see the array of lights and decorations that adorn the beautiful brownstones in Carroll Gardens.
Fifth Avenue in Park Slope
Park Slope prides itself in hosting NYC’s first tree lighting of the holiday season. So early, in fact, that the event took place over Thanksgiving weekend. But the tree is still on dazzling display and local businesses that line Fifth Avenue bedeck their facades with merry décor. So grab your warmest winter jacket and a hot chocolate and spend an evening strolling and enjoying the neighborhood’s spectacular Christmas atmosphere while shopping the “other Fifth Avenue.”