Holiday Escapes: Holiday Light Walking Tour

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In the midst of gift season mania, it’s nice to find a way to spend time with friends without the stress of presents. So this season we decided to share a series of get-together posts that will share ideas for gathering with friends and either making something or spending time together in a meaningful way. We’re kicking the series off today with one of my favorite winter activities: holiday lights! My favorite part of living in a big city is watching how the streets transform when they’re blanketed with snow and illuminated by rows of colorful holiday lights. This year we decided to check out downtown Brooklyn, because the lights are so interesting and modern. Rather than traditional snowflakes and wreath shapes, the downtown Brooklyn lights are a series of modern geometric shapes. I love the look so much we decided to shape an entire holiday escape around them, from what to bring with you to where to walk and where to shop. If you’re not in the NYC-area this winter, you can easily build your own walking map for your hometown lights and take friends with you for a low-key outdoor adventure. Stay tuned for more holiday escape ideas next week that involve my favorite winter gifting activity: DIY gift wrap! xo, grace

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The full post, our blinking walking tour map and all shopping sources continue after the jump!

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Our favorite spots:

1. Ganso (Ramen Restaurant)
2. Bacchus (cafe)
3. Jonathan Adler (shop)
4. Greenhouse Brooklyn (shop)
5. Dry Goods (shop)
6. Atelier Cologne (shop)
7. Steven Alan (shop)
8. Cloak & Dagger (shop)
9. GRDN (shop)
10. Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches (yum!)
11. Wild Ginger (Vegan Restaurant)
12. Konditori (cafe)
13. One Girl Cookies
14. Book Court (shop)
15. Junior’s (restaurant)

  1. Amanda says:

    ohhhh those lights are way cool. i’ll have to go down there and check them out.

  2. Love the delightful packaging of the Salt Water Taffy. Wish we could get it in England.

  3. Bakary says:

    Great post, thanks. Holiday light walking tours are part of our Christmas traditions and have been for a number of years now. It’s free… and it really gets you in the spirit of the holidays. We walk the main shopping streets of London, and make sure to include the luxurious shopping streets too, as the window displays are stunning.

  4. David says:

    I wish their were more lights in our area to do a holiday light walking tour!

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