Brooklyn B&R Workshop Christmas Decorators Responsible for Christmas Lights, Dyker Heights Decorations


BENSONHURST, Brooklyn (WABC) – A workshop in Brooklyn has been a community staple for years because of its instrumental role in dazzling neighbors’ illuminations and holiday decorations.

It’s as close as you can get to Santa’s workshop.

“Everyone wants their lights on at the same time, so it’s very stressful,” said James Bonavita of B&R Christmas Decorators.

James Bonavita and his team started working in a nursery in Bensonhurst.

“I take my time and feel like every house is mine,” Bonavita said.

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He specializes in creating pretty things. Some of his hard work can be seen in Dyker Heights, where he’s dripping with everything Christmas-related.

“I do this because I love Christmas and I love to see children’s faces smile when they see my lights,” Bonavita said.

Almost three decades ago, James started B&R Christmas Decorators. He now has a dedicated crew of 12.

A friend suggested that he go help a team that was installing lights and not doing a good job.

“While I was there a few people said, ‘Oh, you make lights’, I said yes, I took these guys and I went to their place and that’s how I ‘ve started, “Bonavita said.

Getting to this point takes months of plotting and planning.

In August, people, many of whom are repeat customers, start to book and buy.

Last year, due to the pandemic, his team made a few small houses but this year people are pulling out all the stops.

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Like other industries, this operation was affected by supply chain issues.

“I had to go to other vendors, small vendors to get my wreath and wreaths because my shipment didn’t arrive because of what’s going on with the ships,” Bonavita said.

Just so you get a feel for its intricacy, every bow seen is handmade. And to decorate an average-sized house, it takes about six to eight hours.

And now a little secret Bonavita shared that you can do at home.

Why use one light string when you can twist two? The result is breathtaking.

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