Meet up with your local host at the 86 Street Station or other agreed-upon meeting point in Brooklyn to set off on your personalized three-hour walking tour (you can opt to take public transportation or a taxi between stops).
Begin by strolling through Dyker Heights to take in the most festive holiday decorations on local homes and shops before heading to Bay Ridge, where neighborhood houses are decked out in famously extravagant Christmas lights and décor.
Afterwards, browse the Brooklyn Makers Holiday Market or Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar to choose gifts crafted by local artists and artisans and stop for a bracing cup of hot chocolate or mulled cider.
End your tour in Herald Square, taking in dazzling views of the Manhattan skyline across the East River and visiting Santaland at Macy’s Department Store, a beloved Christmas tradition since 1902. Gather insider tips from your Brooklynite host about additional Santa-centric sights to take in on your own after the tour before saying goodbye at your meeting point.