BROOKLYN — There’s no need to trek to Midtown to see a Christmas tree decked out for the holidays. From now until Santa's big day, Brooklynites can see a tree lighting almost every night of the week, with more than a dozen events and Christmas light displays across the borough in December.
From Shore Road to New Lots Avenue, DNAinfo New York rounded up the best places in Brooklyn to make your season bright. Here’s where you can flip the switch to get the holidays started:
Friday, Dec. 5
Carroll Gardens: 6 p.m., Carroll Park
A visit from Santa, free refreshments and caroling are on the agenda at this tree lighting ceremony hosted by the Court Street Merchants Association, which requests attendees bring donations of non-perishable food items, according to the neighborhood blog Pardon Me For Asking.
Boerem Hill: 6 p.m., Belarusian Church
The winners of the Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Design Competition will be announced at this holiday party and tree lighting hosted by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation at 401 Atlantic Avenue, at the corner of Bond Street.
Bedford-Stuyvesant: 6:30 p.m., Fulton Park
After the 15th annual Fulton Park Tree Lighting at Fulton Street and Stuyvesant Avenue, the Stuyvesant Heights Parents Association invites attendees to join a holiday party at St. Philip’s Church at 265 Decatur St. with a visit from Santa, gifts and food, according to an event listing.
Saturday, Dec. 6
Bay Ridge: 4 p.m., Fifth Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway
Before this mid-afternoon tree lighting, the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District is offering free trolley rides with Santa and his elves, according to an event flier. The fun starts at noon at 7428 5th Ave.
Flatbush: 5 p.m., Flatbush Reformed Church
Help decorate the Christmas tree placed in the yard of this historic, 1700s-era church located at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Church Avenue by donating ornaments that “need a new home,” said the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District in an event listing. Caroling and hot chocolate are on tap, too.
Bedford-Stuyvesant: 5:30 p.m., Restoration Plaza
Live jazz and a dance performance will accompany this tree lighting ceremony at 1368 Fulton St. at Marcy Avenue Saturday afternoon, hosted by the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID. At the same location, a holiday pop-up bazaar will be open for business from noon to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7
Fort Greene: 4 p.m., Fort Greene Park
Santa will visit Fort Greene Park to take pictures with kids in the neighborhood before this tree lighting ceremony at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park, hosted by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy.
Monday, Dec. 8
Bay Ridge: 6:30 p.m., Shore Road Park
The Xavarian High School Glee Club will be among those to perform at the gazebo on Shore Road between Narrows Avenue and 91st Street as part of this tree lighting put on by the Shore Road Parks Conservancy.
Wednesday, Dec. 10
Crown Heights: 5 p.m., Medgar Evers College
The Student Government Association will host this tree lighting ceremony at the college’s new building at 1650 Bedford Ave. at Crown Street, according to an event announcement from the Crown Heights Community Council.
Thursday, Dec. 11
DUMBO: 6 p.m., Pearl Street Triangle
The DUMBO Improvement District will host its ninth-annual tree lighting in the neighborhood with hot cocoa from chocolatier Jacques Torres, Calypso music from Brooklyn-based steel drum band Jah Pan and a visit from Santa. The fun begins at Pearl Street and Anchorage Place at 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 12
Carroll Gardens: 6 p.m., Human Compass Garden
The Carroll Gardens Association invites area families to “bring your kids for a free surprise from Santa” at its eighth annual Christmas tree lighting at the corner of Columbia and Sackett streets, according to an event listing.
Saturday, Dec. 13
East New York: 4 p.m., 170 New Lots Ave.
The neighborhood group Arts East New York is holding a holiday party and tree lighting at the corner of New Lots and Van Sinderen avenues with dance performances, raffle giveaways and a holiday market, according to an event flier posted by Brownstoner.
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Crown Heights: 6 p.m., Brower Park
The Friends of Brower Park are set to light up a large evergreen tree in the Crown Heights park, according to a Facebook post. Workers have already put the star on top of the tree as of Thursday, according to a posting on the neighborhood message board Brooklynian.
Other light displays in the borough in December:
Holiday Light Spectacular
310A 22nd St., Park Slope
This choreographed, set-to-music light display built at the home of south Park Slope resident Chris Schneider has been a neighborhood favorite for seven years. This year, Schneider and his business partner Ryan Powers are already busy building the display for the 2014 season, according to a Facebook post that encourages its fans to check the page to find out when the display will be up and running.
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
83rd Street and 12th Avenue, Dyker Heights
Residents in this neighborhood famous for its great Christmas lights displays have already put up their decorations, which will be on display through Dec. 31. To coincide with the display, the Brooklyn tour company A Slice of Brooklyn is running a three-and-a-half-hour tour of the neighborhood, complete with cannoli and hot chocolate. Tickets are $55.