Your guide to Holiday Events! We’ll be updating this with regularity, so be sure to check back!
Tree Lighting in Park Slope
Saturday, November 29: 6:30PM
Santa will also be there!
Address: 3rd Street and 5th Ave
Save the date!
Jingle Bell Jamboree
December 13: 7:00PM, doors 6:30PM
The annual festive holiday concert and sing-a-long event returns!! Featuring: Rolie Polie Guacamole,The Brooklyn Community Chorus, Purelements-An-Evolution in Dance, PS 38 Pop Vocal Choir, and surprise guests, as well! Sponsored by Park Slope Civic Council,
Park Slope Parents, Congregation Beth Elohim, and Old First Reformed Church.
Cost: $10 suggested donation
Address: CONGREGATION BETH ELOHIM - 8th Ave and Garfield Pl, Park Slope
In addition to the Tree Lighting on 11/29 in Park Slope listed above, you can also find Santa at the following places:
Now - December 24, 2014, times vary
Santa is stopping by your favorite Macy's! It's the perfect opportunity to share everything on your holiday wish list. He's only here for a limited time, so catch him while you can! Have your photo taken with the man himself! Photo packages range from $19.99 to $59.99.
Cost: Photo packages run between $19.99 - $59.99
Address: 8th floor of Macy's Herald Square on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
Kings Plaza Mall
now - December 24, times vary
What PSP Members say: “Kings plaza mall last weekend and so was Santa! NO LINE! He's a great looking Santa, and they took 3 'poses' this year. My fav is one of my son whispering what he wants in Santa's ear. Great pics this year.”
Cost: Photo packages are $29.99
Address: 5100 Kings Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11234
Atlantic Center Mall
Address: 625 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Saturday December 6: 2:00 PM - 6:00PM
December is a busy month for Santa Claus, but he still finds time to visit children around the world to ask about their Christmas wishes (AND to check who has been naughty or nice)! He will be visiting several of the Fairway stores on the dates above to spread holiday cheer.
Address: 480-500 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Saturday December 13: 3:30PM
Fifth Avenue is the place to be this holiday season to #shopsmall. On December 13th and 20th, the avenue will be filled with music from carolers and Santa will take a walk along the avenue spreading joy (and candy canes). He'll also make stops for photos and treats:
Address: LuLu's for Baby, 44 5th Avenue, 3:30-5:00 pm
December 20th: Du Jour Bakery, 365 5th Avenue, 3:30-5:00 pm
Instead of seeing Santa, why not meet the Grinch instead? The Grinch Visits the Strand!
December 13 + 14: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
His heart is an empty hole, he’s got garlic in his soul, and he’s coming to put the coal in our stockings on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the Holidays than with a visit from the meanest and greenest, so we’re very much hoping to see you at this special Holiday edition of Storytime at the Strand!
Address: Strand Book Store, Children's Department, 828 Broadway - 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10003
Saturday December 20: 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Fifth Avenue is the place to be this holiday season to #shopsmall. On December 13th and 20th, the avenue will be filled with music from carolers and Santa will take a walk along the avenue spreading joy (and candy canes). He'll also make stops for photos and treats.
Address: Du Jour Bakery, 365 5th Avenue
Toys for Tots
More information coming soon!
With Thanksgiving a few days away, we're making it easy for you & your family to have a fun & festive holiday. Over the years we have compiled thanksgiving tips from fellow moms and dads about the holiday. From travel advice to traditions, we've got ya covered!
In Brooklyn over the Thanksgiving break?
Meal ideas for the foodies!
Find local grocers, boutique caterers, restaurants, and food delivery services to help with meal prep so that turkey and trimmings (cooked or uncooked) can be delivered right to your door! Check out the PSP roundup for neighborhood businesses cooking up some yummy provisions.
Outta here for the holiday?
Check out our tried, true and trusted PSP Traveling with Kids section of the website to make your travels easier with information such as:
We’re starting “Giving Tuesday” early! Donate your gently used (or new!) winter gear items to the Brooklyn Family Justice Center. They need:
• Winter Coats
• Gloves, hats and scarves
• Sweaters & Hoodies
Old Stone House: Saturday and Sunday, November 22 & 23, 11am – 4pm
South Slope: 438 12th Street (doorman), now through Wednesday Nov 26, 9am-8pm.
BFJC is an umbrella organization of non-profits in Brooklyn whose mission is to help victims of domestic violence. It does this by housing these many organizations under one roof to provide easier access to the programs (legal, financial, emotional) these folks need. PSP has worked with the BFJC since it opened in 2005.
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE (and give Thanks)
Our local organizations need help! Here are a few ways you & your family can help the community. Organizations include our local favorites like CHIPS, CBE Feeds and Church of Gethsemane. NOTE: Most family volunteer opportunities for T-Day are FULL.Also-- if you're out shopping for the holidays pick up an extra toy or two for the Toys for Tots drive. PSP has been co-sponsoring this drive for the last 8 years. We'll post the drop-off locations next week after we get the boxes wrapped and in!Every little bit helps!
Please SHOP LOCAL this season! November 29th is Small Business Saturday! Support the local stores that keep our Brooklyn neighborhoods great! Make sure to check out our PSP Member Discounts to save while you shop!Come out to the Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, 11-29th at 6:30pm at 5th Ave & 3rd Street. See Santa and Frosty and have cookies, hot chocolate, singing and performances!
Jingle Bell Jamboree is on Saturday, December 13th @ 7pm at Congregation Beth Elohim. It's a lot of fun and PSP is there with face snowflakes and Frosty! Bring your singing voice and a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
See you around the Slope!
Susan, Rachel and Melissa
IT’S ALMOST THANKSGIVING--HOW CAN YOU HELP??
There have been quite a few requests asking about ways to give this Thanksgiving season. Here are 5 ways to make a difference this weekend (and beyond)!
In addition to THIS PSP article about helping local food pantries any day of the week, here are some resources & tips to guide you about volunteering Thanksgiving 2014.
Be sure to visit the PSP Volunteer Section HERE to view all local organizations in need to help throughout the year.
2014 Volunteer Information
Thanksgiving Pie Drive
Help make this year’s Thanksgiving Lunch a memorable one for Park Slope Seniors! CBE is seeking donations of pies, cakes, and other baked goods for Park Slope Senior Citizens Center’s Thanksgiving Lunch on Monday, November 24, 2014. All home and baked good welcome!
Drop off your donations off at CBE (274 Garfield on 8th Ave) from Monday, November 17 through Sunday, November 23rd 2014.
For more information please contact Bobbie: or 718.768.3814 ext.210
We asked our members about how to winterize NYC homes and here are their helpful replies...
Tips from Parents:
1. Get an energy audit
"You should call for an Energy Audit. I’m having ours done next Wednesday, I’m not sure of the cost yet but I believe it is covered by various incentives. After the audit you can become eligible for incentives offered by National Grid and NY SERDA for up to 20% of the cost of any weatherization measures done. We had a free audit done by a guy from National Grid who was knowledgeable but he was basically there to get people to take advantage of the weatherization incentives (which need an actual audit to qualify). My feeling is that no matter how much we spend on weatherization, we’ll get it back in lower heating bills."
"National Grid has a service for businesses or multi-family dwellings where they do have an online analyzer and an onsite audit etc. Check it out here."
2. Insulate any drafty places, like an attic.
"The most important measure is probably insulating the attic and sealing any airspaces up there (If you insulate without sealing, you are basically creating a giant, expensive air filter). If your house is a rowhouse, you probably aren’t losing too much energy from the walls."
Parent safety reminder: "Is your house ventilated? You don’t want to start sealing everything up and not have enough clean ventilation."
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