Winter holiday decorations go up in October in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, and Boerum Hill

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … in October

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Halloween?

Most Brooklynites are just getting ready to trick-or-treat — but some of the borough’s commercial corridors are already decking the halls. Christmas decorations are up on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park and along Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill two months and three Judeo-Christian-pagan holidays — counting Hanukkah — early. But the business groups that finance the festive lights say it is not about getting people to start their Yuletide shopping early.

The business improvement district representing stores along the Bay Ridge corridor — where snowflake lights are currently competing with banners proclaiming “Fall on Fifth” — said it contracts a private company to dress up the avenue for the Santa season and leaders of the group said that the decorators do not like stringing lights in the November climate.

“The answer is one word: weather,” said business improvement district president Jim Clark. “Once it gets cold and rainy, it gets very hard to put them up.”

But Clark said he still thinks the ornaments make a fun and festive addition to the thoroughfare — even in the middle of fall.

“It tells people that Christmas and the holidays are upon us,” said Clark, adding he was unable to recall if the lights had gone up this early in the past.

Some Christmas light contractors said that they start hauling out the holly around Halloween to make sure that they cover all the streets in the city before it’s too late.

“Customers wouldn’t get them up till later in December, or even after Christmas, if we didn’t start putting them up now,” said Brittney Migliaccio, a manager at the Bushwick-based Illuminations by Arnold, which has already suspended snowflakes over Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill.

Migliaccio said her company has only a few competitors — including the Bronx’s Christmas Lights and Decorating, which brightens up Fifth Avenue — and has to cover hundreds of blocks before the season to be jolly. She added that Illuminations does not plug in its festive frills until Thanksgiving.

Sunset Park is flying its winter holiday flag, too, but the neighborhood’s commerce group said that its lights go up any time between the last week of October and the middle of November, depending on when Illuminations gets to them.

“Whenever they get them up, they go up,” said the district’s director, Renee Giordano. “It’s where we are on the schedule.”

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Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
they will keep them up until May!
Oct. 25, 2013, 8:49 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Some keep them up year round.
But the worst is when people don't junk live Christmas trees until Feb.
Oct. 25, 2013, 9:22 am
Susan from Bay Ridge says:
They put them up, and it promptly got really cold. Coincidence?

I actually prefer Christmas decorations to the surging popularity of Halloween decorations, but this is pushing it.
Oct. 25, 2013, 9:26 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Anyone else notice that we have a new holiday -- "Harvest"?

Oct-Nov always had a harvest link, but Halloween and Thanksgiving took precedence. Suddenly I'm seeing house banners and window-lawn decor that actually say "Happy Harvest!" (Which seems out of place in Brooklyn, though, yes, I know that things grow here.)

Is this marketers' attempt to cover the entire autumn? To pitch to the Halloween-averse?
Oct. 25, 2013, 10:11 am
Paul Carpentar from Bay Ridge says:
It takes away some Of the magic to hang decorations this early. Furthermore, I can't see any reason to do it, so I really cannot understand anyone's inspiration for this.
Oct. 25, 2013, 10:37 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Between the people who start early, the people who keep decorations up late and those who do both, we have a demographic that needs better hobbies.
Oct. 25, 2013, 10:45 am
ridgette from ridge says:
'happy harvest,' hahha.  noticed it.  thought it maybe caught on from those cheezy midwest (?) catalog companies. 

 those cos. also promoted the corny house 'banners,' which i think were supposed to make yr levittown house or trailer or dakota homeschooly hut look special.

but it looks so alien in brooklyn. i'd rather see the christmas lites, menorahs, my neighbor's 'winter holiday' or 'happy ramadan' lites in season, strange house down the block that wraps its bleeding sacred heart of jesus shrine in xmas tinsel ... anything but that happyclappy un-nyc dreck.

Oct. 25, 2013, 11:48 am
Kew from Brooklyn says:
I thought Harvest was the politically correct way to celebrate all of Fall without putting any emphasis on any one holiday. Considering the diversity in Brooklyn, it almost seems appropriate.
Oct. 25, 2013, 6:10 pm
ridgette from ridge says:
try doing WHAT in iran?
Oct. 26, 2013, 10:09 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
my post was deleted.

try happy harvest in iran
Oct. 26, 2013, 11:30 am
pookie da lion from slip slope says:
yo otb - I noticed they deleted you. man I am so hip to the numero uno amendment though so many are not
Oct. 26, 2013, 11:43 am
ridgette from ridge says:
iran HAS a fall harvest type fest. its called mehregan.
Oct. 26, 2013, 11:48 am
Burger from Kings says:

The numero uno amendment is about your speech rights vs government, period.
Media don't have to run your stuff. A bar can throw you out b/c of your mouth. Your neighbors can tell you to shut up.
Oct. 26, 2013, 5:44 pm
arkady from Park Slope says:
I think it's rotten to put up Xmas stuff before Bird Day, never mind before Halloween.
Oct. 26, 2013, 10:20 pm
pookie da lion from slip slope says:
woah burger - bran muffin in order dudette - this aint no mudd club, no cbgb ( been to both - have you) - matter is freedom of speech trumps your bar life.
Oct. 26, 2013, 10:30 pm

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