Alternative - Not so much in postproduction, but already applied in camera:
If you want to have that effect predominantly on light sources, but not on the overall image, you can also use a Mist Filter while shooting.
This is a clear filter with little black dots on it which causes blooming on any light source while trying to maintain some clarity on the rest of the image. They are hugely popular in video capture right now, as they apply some atmosphere and soften the harsh digital sharpness a bit.
They are available in various strength. Usually 1/4 or even 1/8 is taken. 1/2 or Full is having a rather over pronounced effect.
For examples, head over to https://www.dpreview.com/articles/9999362588/what-are-mist-filters-and-what-do-they-do-to-your-photographs