Christmas overseas: readers’ favourite festive trips

See lights in Brooklyn, dodge the beastly Krampus in Austria, cheer Santa on in Venice … or just hit the beach down under

New York may be magical at Christmas but Dyker Heights in Brooklyn is perhaps the Christmas lights capital of the world! Hundreds of homes go all out to decorate their exteriors in a way that makes Clark Griswold’s efforts in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation look second rate. Head to Brooklyn in the early evening (avoid weekends) and take a stroll up and down the blocks that are blasting out Christmas spirit. You can’t help but feel Christmassy in a way that reminds me of 80s movies. Best of all, it is free. And there is the odd eggnog truck to keep you full of festive cheer.
Sinéad Hunter

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