December has arrived, the year is coming to an end, and it is almost time to make a new bucket list of activities. However, whether you are in crunch time-mode before the holidays, or are looking for ways to stay active with festive and non-festive events this month, we’ve got you covered with our Brooklyn guide for the month of December.
If you are looking to shop local, check out our Brooklyn Holiday Market Guide!
Brooklyn Bridge Park
December 1 – 3
Sweet Shoppe may look like any other high concept candy store, until you step inside and meet the shop keeper, a pharmacist who seems to have traveled from another time — or dimension? — in order to serve you. There is no medicine at this Willy Wonka-inspired apothecary, but the secret life of sugar (and a treat, if you’re nice) is offered in a broad range of immersive and sensory experiences incorporating art, technology and live performance.
Open for just three days, Sweet Shoppe is a collaboration between Guerilla Science—the collective behind dozens of surreal science experiences in New York City and around the country—and acclaimed artist Emilie Baltz, whose recent projects include the Cotton Candy Theremin at the Panorama Festival. Read more about the event here.
Inside Industry Tour: Making it in NYC
Brooklyn Made products are on the rise, and with this informational and engaging tour from Turnstile Tours will bring you inside the gates of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a historic gem in Brooklyn, currently known for its makers in all industries. Join Turnstile Tours and learn about over 330 businesses that call the Navy Yard home. The 90-minute tour will take you through the maritime history of the location, followed by visits to select factories, workshops and studios, where you will meet the makers and learn about why they decided to call Brooklyn “home.” Read more about the event here.
An Artful Holiday
97 Luquer Street
December 2, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Steve Kaufman (1960-2010) was a charismatic pop artist, humanitarian, and pioneer of Neo Pop Art. In his early years, Steve Kaufman assisted Andy Warhol. After leaving the Warhol factory, Kaufman has painted icons and trends that stirred the American spirit. This is the first exhibition of Kaufman art in Brooklyn since his passing. This is an exhibit suitable for both new and experienced art collectors, and a wonderful way to get a dose of fun, colorful art! Read more about the event here.
First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
December 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The winter’s first Sunday programming at Brooklyn Botanic Garden will take place the first weekend of December and continue through March. The Sunday programming will include yoga, outdoor bird walks, garden tours to alleviate the winter blues, indoor conservatory tours, workshops for kids, and much more. After the event, the Yellow Magnolia Café will be the perfect spot to grab something to sip or snack on. All programs are free with regular admission. Read more about the event here.
Atlantic Avenue Dining and Walk
Between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue
December 2 – 16
‘Tis the season to explore Atlantic Avenue! Enjoy 10 percent off and other specials and deals from participating Atlantic Avenue merchants, as you view the avenue’s holiday lights. Beginning December 2 and ending December 16, visitors to Atlantic Avenue can enjoy in-store promotions from local merchants for any last-minute gifts and holiday treats! Read more about the event here.
336 Flatbush Avenue
December 3, 1 – 5 p.m.
Access Art is an annual affordable art sale and benefit, where all proceeds directly benefit Brooklyn Arts Council’s programs, which serve and support the borough’s arts and cultural community. The event is affordable to attend, and you can now grab a Collectors’ Choice ticket, which will provide early admission for first pick of the artwork for sale! Read more about the event here.
Celebrate Hanukkah at “On Stage at Kingsborough”
2001 Oriental Boulevard
December 3, 3 – 5 p.m.
Explore the unique spirit of Klezmer with melodies of joyful sorrow, as well as Gypsy-flavored Hanukkah favorites. Host Elad Kabilio (12th Night Klezmer) and Daniella Rabbani will take you on a musical trip from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the streets of Brooklyn. You are bound to witness a great performance, as 12th Night Klezmer is an all-Israeli ensemble that has trained at the world’s leading music conservatories and has been featured in festivals worldwide. Daniella Rabbani has traveled the world with The National Yiddish Theater, performing alongside Mandy Patinkin, Ron Rifkin and Tovah Feldshuh at Lincoln Center, Town Hall and most recently at The Jewish State Theater in Warsaw, Poland. Read more about the event here.
Holiday Tree Lighting and Toy Drive
December 8, 6 – 8 p.m.
Corner of Sackett Street and Columbia Street
Join the Carroll Gardens Association for its 11th Annual Southwest Brooklyn Tree-Lighting! Enjoy refreshments from local restaurants, take a photo with Santa, and hang out with locals! This year, there will also be a toy drive, where all toys will be donated to the Coalition for the Homeless, so share the cheer and bring new or unopened toys as a donation! Read more about the event here.
Comedy Outliers: The Winter Holiday Show
December 8, 7 – 9 p.m.
Get relaxed, let go and laugh out loud when Brandon Collins (TimeOut NY) and Mike Brown (TruTV) bring the holiday cheer with their high energy, critically acclaimed “Comedy Outliers” stand-up showcase in Brooklyn. The line-up for this special event includes live music from The Nick Trautman Treeo and hilarious stand-up comedy from Tyler Fischer (TV Land), Dave Temple (1st World Problems), Yamaneika Saunders (Comedy Central), Adrienne Iapalucci (Late Show with David Letterman) and more! Read more about the event here.
Bone Soup: A Kwanzaa Play
The Black Lady Theatre
December 8, 8 – 10 p.m.
This family-friendly show uses elements of music and dance to bring the holiday spirit to life. The royal citizens of Culture Kingdom, who once celebrated Kwanzaa every day, are devastated when a terrible plague called “The Recession” hits their kingdom. The loss of the things they once held dear causes them to abandon their principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Tickets $20. Read more about the event here.
Great Russian Nutcracker
Visiting Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre on December 9, the Moscow Ballet invited guests of all ages to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and dancers on its 25th Anniversary Tour of North America in 2017! Iconic for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas), Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh, this is bound to be a show you will never forget! Get tickets and read more about the events here.
Children’s Santa Brunch
December 9, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Is that the jingle of Santa’s bells? Yes, kids! Santa’s coming to Greenpoint for a fun time at T.B.D Brooklyn, so get your list of wishes ready and whisper it to Santa when you meet him at brunch. Tickets include delicious French toast brunch with Santa, fun arts and crafts activities, a meet and greet with Queen Elsa, and of course some Santa selfies! There will also be a cash bar with yummy holiday drinks for moms and dads. Tickets are $15, no tickets sold at the door. Read more about the event here.
Sixth Annual Gingerbread Ship Workshop
Brooklyn Navy Yard
December 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
You may have made a gingerbread house, but have you ever made a gingerbread ship? Join the team at BLDG 92 for this beloved Brooklyn Navy Yard tradition! After a brief “apprentice-ship,” children will work together to decorate a large gingerbread ship model, baked by Brooklyn’s own Buttermilk Bakeshop. Each participating child will get his/her own gingerbread ship cookie, modeled after a ship built in the Yard, to bejewel with icing and candy. It is a super fun and yummy afternoon, best suited for kids 4 – 10. Read more about the event here.
City of Science: Brooklyn
Park Slope Armory YMCA
Walk on water. Blast balls into orbit. Defy gravity. CITY OF SCIENCE returns to Brooklyn! Join the World Science Festival and Con Edison for this larger-than-life, touring exhibition where the wondrous properties of science, technology, engineering, and math collide! Filled with interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and enormous exhibitions, this free program unleashes everyone’s inner scientist.
City of Science is free and open to the public, so an RSVP is not required, but encouraged. Read more about the event here.
The ShopUp Pop Up
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501 Union Street
December 10, 12 – 6 p.m.
December 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, and on December 10-11, The ShopUp is returning to Brooklyn with a special, family-friendly holiday edition shopping event featuring over 30 of the most sought after indie designers and makers like Les Gamins, Velveteen Clothing, Natti Natti and more! Parents can check off everyone on their gift list with the incredible, curated selection of goods while kids partake in festive fun, such as face paint and crafts with Mischievous Goddess. Read more about the event here.
Chanukah 2017 Family Fun
December 17, 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Chabad of Flatbush
Bring your family to Flatbush for this Grand Carinal for Jewish Brooklyn kids! The event will be filled with enough to do for children of all ages, with a fun booth, an olive press workshop, spectacular puppet theater and a raffle of a beautiful 18” Menorah! Read more about the event here.
Give Back to Your Community
‘Tis the season to give back to your local community, whether you are looking for a charity to donate to, a toy drive, or a suitable place to volunteer your time. We teamed up with our colleagues at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to show how to give back with Brooklyn Eats in the Daily News.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Featuring more than 60 local artists, you will discover many people with raw talent at this one-day festival, including music, art, photography, designs, fashion and more. RAW is an indie arts organization specializing in spotlighting local emerging talent in 65 cities worldwide. Brooklyn is a cultural hotspot for creatives. Many are seemingly hidden in the ever-growing city scape, yet by bringing them together in a meticulously curated showcase, we’ve created a multi-disciplinary event with something magical for every art lover. Read more about the event here.
A Date with Fate
December 31, 9 p.m. – January 1, 1:30 a.m.
Round up your usual suspects and get ready for a night of drinks, dancing, and boisterous fun at Brooklyn Winery as we usher in 2018. This New Year’s Eve, don your most elegant cocktail attire and raise a glass to the end of 2017 with an hour open bar (including Brooklyn Winery wine, top shelf liquor, premium beer, and a specialty cocktail), as well as delicious antipasti spreads and passed hors d’oeuvres that are sure to keep you dancing all night long. Feel transported to the 1940s as you frolic, dance, and sway through the wee hours of the evening under a sea of lanterns, or lounge with a glass of champagne as the clock strikes midnight! Tickets are $150 per person. Read more about the event here.