Experience New York City’s Holiday Season like a local

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It’s well worth venturing outside Manhattan to the other four boroughs of New York for these lesser-known holiday season events

New York’s got some classic things to see and do in the winter – ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular and Christmas shopping on Fifth Avenue to name just a few. But, Manhattan isn’t part of the city with fantastic events at this time of the year.

It’s well worth venturing to the other four boroughs for these lesser-known holiday season events. (Our featured image today is © NYC & Company)

Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York City
Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Photo by idovermani
Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York, USA
One of the ornaments at Dyker Heights. Photo by Irelynkiss
Dyker Heights - Brooklyn, New York
A richly decorated house in Dyker Heights. Photo by Howard N2GOT

Christmas lights of Dyker Heights– Brooklyn

Dyker Heights has been lit up with a dazzling display of tasteful illuminated decorations (think angels, reindeer, giant toy soldiers and trees blanketed with fairy lights) every Christmas for more than 25 years.

The best displays can be seen on the blocks between 83rd and 86th Streets from 11th to 13th Avenue in this small neighbourhood between Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. (Did you see our Brooklyn-related post yesterday? Alternative New York hotspots to sample as hit US show Girls comes to the UK)

Quaker Meeting House, Flushing, Queens, New York City
Quaker Meeting House, Flushing, Queens. Photo by williamaveryhudson
Lewis H. Latimer House, Flushing, New York
Lewis H. Latimer House. Photo by williamaveryhudson

Tour with the Queens Historical Society – Queens

The Queens Historical Society has been celebrating and preserving the heritage of New York’s most sprawling borough for more than 40 years. They run a programme of cheap walks, tours and lectures year round.

The Historic Holiday House Tour stops at five festively decorated museums and historical sites, including the Queens Historical Society at the Kingsland Homestead, the Flushing Quaker Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall, the Voelker Orth Museum and Lewis H. Latimer House.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum – The Bronx, New York City
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, The Bronx. Photo by Kristine Paulus

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum – The Bronx

This mansion set in beautiful landscaped gardens probably isn’t the kind of place most out-of-towners (New Yorkers either, for that matter) associate with The Bronx. Yet here it is, one of the most beautiful historic houses in the city – a national landmark, even.

The museum holds an Annual Holiday Family Day every year with activities including a shadow-puppet show, holiday crafts and photos with Santa.

Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, New York
Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, New York. Photo by historicrichmondtown.org
Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, New York
Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, New York. Photo by H.L.I.T.

Historic Richmond Town – Staten Island

Occupying almost 50 acres and featuring more than 30 original historic structures, this living history village is the real deal. The historic society that runs the museum is very proud of the fact that none of the buildings here have been reconstructed or rebuilt.

Christmas in Richmond Town sees the village decked out in glittering ornaments and ringing to the soothing sounds of carolers.

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Experience New York City’s Holiday Season like a local was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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