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My mother (70s) and my sister (40s) from North Carolina, are visiting me in Brooklyn for Christmas. I'm only going to have them for Christmas Eve and Christmas day but I need to figure out a) what to do with them and b) where to have a Christmas dinner. My mother (70s) and my sister (40s) from North Carolina, are visiting me in Brooklyn for Christmas. I'm only going to have them for Christmas Eve and Christmas day but I need to figure out A) what to do with them and B) where to have a Christmas dinner.

A)

Both Mom and Sis have visited me multiple times over the nine years I've lived here and have been here during the holiday season so have seen the Rockefeller tree and the department store windows and the other usual touristy stuff (museums, Staten ferry, etc). We have already scheduled this Harbor Line Cocoa and Carols Cruise
for Christmas Eve 6:30-8pm and we'll probably go see the new Mary Poppins movie on Christmas Day at some point, but what else should we do?

Was thinking about checking out the Dyker Heights lights, but would probably want to Uber there and back. I haven't been in New York during Christmas since the invention of Uber, so are Ubers/Lyfts readily available on Christmas Eve and day in Dyker Heights? Neither my mom nor sister are big walkers so I'll need to guarantee transportation since the walk from the subway is a stretch.

Also perhaps thinking of popping into Rolf's, but can't tell if they are open on Christmas Eve or Day, what their hours may be on those days (would maybe want to try to get a midday meal), or if I will need a reservation. Their website isn't very helpful. Any tips?

B)

Also we aren't a big cooking family, nor do I have the capability in my apartment to fix a big spread, but would love to have a traditional holiday dinner out somewhere. What places have special Christmas prix fix menus on either Eve or Day? Definitely happy to look at places in Brooklyn as well, but my mom LOVES a view, so if you have recommendations for Christmas Dinner's With A View, that would be rad.

Can one expect hotel bar or restaurants to be open on the holidays in case we want to pop in for a cocktail or snack somewhere?

Basically open to any recommendations about how to keep my family entertained, when I can't rely on my go-to's to be open or transportation to be reliable. If we just sit in my apartment we will kill each other.

Trying to get a headstart on ideas in case I need to make reservations, so thanks for any help!


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