Hidden holiday gems

Check out Nextdoor’s crowdsourced map for holiday lights

If you wanted to know where all the best holiday spots are in town, this might be your year. Social networking application Nextdoor has reached out to its users in 47,000 neighborhoods to map their cities’ best lights and attractions.

Nextdoor is an application where neighbors can connect to each other, share safety warnings, plan local events, and sell items ala Craigslist. It has grown in popularity in the United States, and using census data, the company estimates that one in four neighborhoods are on it.

The holiday map is a feature of the app. Little icons tell you where to find the best Christmas tree lots, best light displays, charity locations, Santa sightings, and holiday events. Find your neighborhood here.

Neighborhoods join the Nextdoor network when someone applies to draw their neighborhood boundary (and gets a handful of people to sign up with them). Some areas are far more active on Nextdoor than others, so the strength of your holiday cheer map might vary. Here’s a snapshot of San Francisco’s:

San Francisco's holiday cheer map on Nextdoor
San Francisco’s holiday cheer map on Nextdoor

4 Responses to “Check out Nextdoor’s crowdsourced map for holiday lights”

  1. Exactly want you want… More traffic and strangers passing through and loitering around your neighbourhood, just because someone thinks their front lawn should look like a cheap amusement park during Christmas.

  2. lol someone needs to make a sitcom about this app.
    These modern tribes are amusing enough as it is, with the tech twist and maybe some always on video chat feature it could be hilarious.