2023 Holiday Happenings: The PSP Guide

Here’s what you need to know for this holiday season in Brooklyn! We’re updating this page as new events cross our desk, so keep checking back.

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Upcoming Events

Hanukkah Happenings

Tree Lightings

Toy and Coat Drives

Ice Skating

Holiday Fairs

Ongoing Events

Past Events Archive


Upcoming Events


Marine Park Festival of the Lights: Winter Solstice Astronomy
Thursday, December 21st
Meet at Carmine Carro Community Center flagpole

Observe the December moon and constellations with the Urban Park Rangers. The winter solstice this week will turn our Northern hemisphere towards longer days. Meet at the Carro Center flagpole, Fillmore Ave. & Madison Pl. 

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Marine Park Kids Week: Scavenger Hunt 
Tuesday, December 26th 
Meet at Nature Center

While school is out, join the Urban Park Rangers on a nature scavenger hunt along the trail. Meet at the Nature Center, E. 33st & Avenue U.


Marine Park Festival of Lights: Kwanzaa
Tuesday, December 26th
Meet at Carmine Carro Community Center

Join us for Kwanzaa, a New Year’s Celebration of African community values, and light an accompanying kinara. Meet at the Carro Center, Fillmore Ave. & Madison Pl. 


Celebrate Kwanzaa at Brooklyn Children's Museum
Tuesday, December 26th - Saturday, December 30th

Celebrate Kwanzaa returns to Brooklyn Children’s Museum this December! Celebrate the traditions of Kwanzaa at New York City’s largest family Kwanzaa event, presented in partnership with Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation.

Explore the seven principles of Kwanzaa through interactive workshops, dynamic live performances, and engaging art projects that honor heritage, community, and culture. This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop with special activities and tributes that showcase its enduring impact.

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Winter Recess in Prospect Park
Tuesday, December 26th - Sunday, December 31st
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Make the most of winter break! Join Prospect Park Alliance for family friendly programming every day during winter recess.

Nature Exploration, 12–4 pm

Nature Around Us, 12–3 pm:  Enjoy different seasonal discovery stations and nature themed activities that will introduce you to the plants, insects and animals that call the park home. The Lake and Lullwater are home to many plants and animals. Help us to test the water quality and investigate pond samples that are filled with living organisms.

Animal Encounter, 2–3 pm: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2 pm.

Family Bird Walk, 3–4 pm: Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program departs from the Audubon Center promptly at 3 pm.

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Governors Island Ice Sculpture Show
Saturday, February 3rd
Open during park hours 7:00am - 6:00pm 

The Ice Sculp­ture Show pro­vides New York­ers and vis­i­tors from around the world with the sin­gu­lar oppor­tu­ni­ty to expe­ri­ence live ice carv­ing, along­side all the open space, cul­tur­al, edu­ca­tion­al, and his­toric resources and attrac­tions that the Island offers year-round.


Hanukkah Happenings

The last day of Hanukkah 2023 was Friday, December 15th. We'll see you next year for more great events over the eight nights!

Toy and Coat Drives

New York Cares Winter Coat Drive

October 1st - December 31st
See here for a map of drop-off locations

The Coat Drive is a city-wide effort run by New York Cares which aims to collect 100,000 coats this year and distribute them to New Yorkers who need them most in the colder months. The Coat Drive has been running for 34 years and counting, having collected and distributed 2.5 million winter coats to-date, thanks to generous New Yorkers.


Brooklyn Community Board 7 Toy Drive

November 20th - December 20th 

Toys will be accepted at the board office until Wednesday, December 20th. The office is open Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, contact the board office by calling (718) 854-0003 or sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


KARMABrooklyn Holiday Gift Drive for the Kensington Family Shelter

The holiday season is upon us, so it's time to spread some cheer to our neighbors living at the Kensington Family Shelter.

You are welcome to order off the list and have an item shipped directly to the shelter, or you can purchase the exact item somewhere else and have it shipped or drop it off (the shelter address is 385 McDonald Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11218, and all items should be sent attention Uniquia Parker).

Gifts have been hand-picked for each child, so we ask that you do not donate items not on the list. If you do purchase somewhere besides Amazon, please be sure to mark the gift as purchased on the list.

Kids list here; adults list here.


PS 124 Fundraiser

PS 124 is in the process of seeking donations. Roughly 58% of our students are in temporary housing and we have a significant number of newly arrived families. There are few PS124 parents that can support our wish lists (~85% of our families live at or below the poverty level). Consider giving to the PS 124 Fundraiser to help them with immediate essentials and needs (e.g., diapers) This is more than just providing a toy to a child this season. It’s providing basic living supplies to folks in need. Donate here.


PS 230 Toy Drive
Donations accepted from Monday, December 12th, through Wednesday, December 20th

Donation bins are available in the entries of both the Upper and Lower

schools during school hours.


  • Toys and games for ages 5-15, unwrapped and in their original packaging
  • NO stuffed animals, blankets, or clothing

You can also shop our Amazon Wish List (https://bit.ly/3tbZFBU) for delivery by December 19th.

If you are in need of donations, please contact Ms. Jill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tree Lightings

The trees are lit! We will see you next year for more great events.


Ice Skating

Industry City 

The ice skating rink with real ice at Industry City is now open, it is uncovered and outside, dress appropriately for an enjoyable and comfortable skate. Open Thursday 4 to 8 pm Friday 12 to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. All details and tickets here. Pricing for one hour: $15 Ticket (adults, children, and seniors), $10 Skate rentals, $10 Skate Aid, $5 Helmet, $5 Bag check.

Glide at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Skate underneath the historic Brooklyn Bridge while taking in the iconic views of the Manhattan skyline. Glide at Brooklyn Bridge Park is located at Emily Warren Roebling Plaza, found at the base of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Glide is a stone’s throw from familiar points within the park, Jane’s Carousel and Empire Fulton Ferry, and near popular dining destinations such as the River Café, Luke’s Lobster, and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. Open until March 1st, 2024.  Admission during the week is $9 for New York City residents or $13.50 Friday through Sunday with skate rental at $12. 

LeFrak Ice Skating Center in Prospect Park 

Located in Prospect Park on East Drive this skating center has both an open air and covered rink open daily. Reserve your designated 90-minute skate session for access to one of the two available ice rinks, per session, online now and guarantee your ice time. Skate rentals are available at an additional cost or feel free to bring your own skates. Weekday admission is $10.05, weekend admission is $14.70, and skate rental is $10.30. 

ArtRink at Brooklyn Children's Museum

ArtRink will open Saturday, November 25 and run through March 2024. Located on the Museum’s rooftop, the centerpiece of this interactive installation is a 3,000 square foot synthetic-ice skating rink that visitors can glide around with family and friends. Surrounding the rink are sixteen pieces of artwork by local creators, printed as vinyl posters and featured in the windows of BCM’s rooftop terrace. Tickets are $10 per person on top of the $15 museum entry fee. Rental skates are included in your ticket but you can also skate in your shoes as there are shoe covers avaliable. 

Bryant Park Ice Rink

Head into Manhattan to visit the 17,000 square foot ice skating rink located in the Winter Village at Bryant Park. Reserve your tickets in advance for free admission and skate rental ranging from $18 - $55. Look around at the many vendors and food options around the Winter Village after your skate. 

Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center

Visit the rink at Rockefeller Center and skate under the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Tickets range from $11 - $73 depending on the date and time and skate rental is available for additonal cost. The rink is open from 9am to 12am daily. 

Wollman Rink 

Located near the southeast corner of  Central Park the rink is open daily with extended holiday hours from December 18th to January 1st. Ticket pricing ranges from $11-$37 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, with kids 3 and under getting in for free. Skate rental is $11 per person. 

The Rink at Brookfield Place

Located just a few blocks from One World Trade Center the rink at Brookfield Place offers both public skating and upscale ice skating programs for men, women, and chidlren hosted by Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. Overlooking the Hudson River the rink is open Monday through Friday 2:00pm - 9:00pm for the price of $15 admission and $5 skate rental, and Saturday and Sunday 9:00am -9:15 pm for the price of $17 admission and $7 skate rental. 


Holiday Fairs 

Holiday shopping is (mostly) complete! We'll see you next year for more great maker fairs and treats from local businesses.


Ongoing Events

Santa's Corner at Bryant Park Winter Village

December 15th - December 21st
10:00am - 12:00pm

Santa's Corner returns to Bank of America Winter Village on Friday, December 15, 2023, launching a seven day run that gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and pose with him for the perfect photo!

Santa's Corner is located on the rink deck next to The Chalet, and will open from 10am-noon each day through Thursday, December 21, 2023. Guests are welcome to borrow complimentary props for their photos or bring their own.

There is no cost to pose with Santa, and tickets are not required. Photos with Santa are first come, first served. Be nice, Santa is watching!

What PSP members are saying:

"The Bryant Park Winter Village typically has a nice Santa, outdoors and with not much of a line. It's a nice, low-key way to do it. Also it's a fun place to stroll around, with hot chocolate, treats, a giant tree and ice skating to look at (though the skating is prohibitively expensive)."



Macy’s Santaland
November 24th - December 24th
Macy's Herald Square, 8th Floor

Here’s your chance to visit the busiest man of the season inside our Herald Square store.
Book your time to join the line—it’s the only way to meet & snap a photo with Santa in person.

Cost: Admission is free, but a reservation is required. Professional photos are available for purchase, but are optional. Photo packages start at $39.99.

What PSP members are saying:

"We went last night! Much shorter line than usual (though still 30 minutes). Masks are mandatory, even for pics - but we did see some people pulling them down for quick photos. No distancing in line, though there were marks on the floor to. Santa wears a mask and sits behind a desk, and doesn't come out for photos - the kid sits in front of the desk.
It felt safe enough and my son LOVED it!" (2021)

"I do not recommend Macy's. We made a 10am appointment for Macy's Santa and when we arrived and checked in they pointed us to the end of the line which snaked way outside of Santaland entrance, down through the cookware, and around the corner. At which point I asked somebody what the wait time was and they said about 3 hours. Which to me looked more like 4 or 5 hours because I remember the inside from last year and how it snaked around quite a bit. So we left and went to Bloomingdales. Same thing we did last year. So after 2 years of being let down by Macy's, I cancelled my Macy's card and wrote a letter explaining that young children that need naps and meals can't wait in lines that are 3 plus hours long. We have been very happy with the Bloomingdale Santa's and the fact that there were only two people in line in front of us was even better. You are totally allowed to take your own photos and Santa is very cooperative. they also have a photographer there if you would like them to do it and buy a package with printed photos and digital download for very reasonable prices."

"You can take your own pictures head on at Santa Land. I always wait until they take their pictures then ask if I can take my own. They always step aside so I can go in the middle and take my own. You just have to ask! I even carry my gigantic camera (I’m a professional photographer) and have never had anyone say anything to me about it. My pictures are always great and I never have to buy theirs. Also, the new reservation only thing worked out great this year! It was so quick and easy for us (although we did go early in the season so it might be busier later)."

"I did the same. I took my own pics after they took theirs. You just ask them if they don't mine if I take a pic. Honestly, my pics come out way better than theirs.”


Breakfast with Santa
Through December 24th
Stella 34 Trattoria

This holiday season, give your family a magical morning in the very same store where the movie "Miracle on 34th Street" was filmed. Start with a festive breakfast feast amid exclusive Empire State Building views, with holiday carolers and activities for the kids and a complimentary mimosa for the adults. Then, meet Santa Claus and take a keepsake photo with him and his elves!

Cost: Pricing begins at $45 for children and $65 for adults (plus tax and gratuity) and varies based on the date, time, and seating category selected.

What PSP members are saying:

"I highly recommend breakfast with Santa at Macy's if you're willing to splurge. We did it annually when my kids were very young, up until Covid shut it down -- but it's back this year. You need to make a reservation. It's fun - every family gets individual time with the Macy's Santa, there's no massive line, the breakfast is good, kids get little cookie gift bags to bring home. It's a fun family tradition and we always look at the windows after."


Photos with Santa 
November 17th - December 24th (closed on Thanksgiving)
Kings Plaza Mall in Mill Basin

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland. Santa will be here starting November 18 and is located at level 2, near Zara.

Cost: A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase. 

What PSP members are saying:

“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.”


Santa Land at Atlantic Terminal Mall
Starting December 2nd through the holiday season

The Coolest Santa EVER… is located @Santa Land in the Atlantic Terminal Mall, downstairs by DSW!  Santa Land has been a staple in the community for over 15 years! We take pride in serving the community in both  conventional and unconventional ways. Visiting Santa Land @ Atlantic Terminal Mall has become a Holiday Family Tradition for many!  Throughout the years we have established an amazing bond with thousands of families and their pets!

Santa Land Community Parade: Saturday, December 2nd


Holiday Nostalgia Rides with the New York Transit Museum 
Saturday, December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
10:00am - 5:00pm

This holiday season, we continue the annual tradition of Holiday Nostalgia Rides on the New York Transit Museum’s 1930s R1/9 train cars! Departing from the F line’s 2nd Avenue station in lower Manhattan, the Holiday Nostalgia Train will transport straphangers back in time every Saturday in December. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe or OMNY tap!


Dumbo Holiday Projections
Through December 31
Locations throughout Dumbo

Walk around Dumbo and look for massive holiday themed projections nightly on the BQE, Manhattan Bridge, building facades and more! We are partnering with Augenblick Studios, an award-winning, independent animation studio here in Dumbo, to create delightful, whimsical and surprising animations–this year inspired by the act of gift giving.


Lightscape at Brooklyn Botanical Garden
November 17th – January 1st
4:30pm - 8:30pm

Experience the magic of Lightscape! The after-dark, illuminated trail returns to Brooklyn with brand new works of art and promises an even more immersive and magical experience for visitors of all ages.

Explore the beauty of the Garden under moonlight while enjoying seasonal treats and festive music. There is no better way to celebrate winter and the holiday season with friends and family!


Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights
November 17th — January 7th
3:00pm - 9:00pm (last entry at 8:00pm)

Join us for a family holiday festival at the Bronx Zoo! During the evenings, the park comes to life with holiday cheer as immersive light displays, custom-designed animal lanterns and animated light shows sparkle across the zoo. This year, you’ll experience NEW lantern displays showcasing the wildlife of New York’s ocean waters and wetlands, plus a new interactive experience celebrating bioluminescent creatures.



Queens Winter Lantern Festival
Select dates, November 17th - January 7th
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Queens, NY

Step into a dazzling world of light with over 1000 Chinese lanterns; all handmade by artisans with decades of experience. A whimsical walk-through experience to light up and warm up the holiday season! Winter Lantern Festival’s unique luminescent nightwalk brings the culture and craftsmanship of traditional Chinese lantern festivals, where contribution is celebration!


Glow at the NYGB 
November 17th, 24th, 25th
December 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th–30th
January 6th, 13th
5:00pm - 10:00pm

On select nights, visitors of all ages can enjoy both the Holiday Train Show® and NYBG GLOW, the Garden’s outdoor holiday light experience now back for its fourth year. During New York’s biggest holiday celebration, the Garden’s iconic sights and buildings, including the Haupt Conservatory and the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building, become dramatic, glittering canvases. Thousands of dazzling, energy-efficient choreographed lights and sound and picture-perfect installations create a spectacle not to be missed.

Grab drinks and light bites available for purchase at one of NYBG’s outdoor bars or the Bronx Night Market Holiday Pop-Up, and make the most of these nights out in New York City’s most beautiful holiday landscape.


Luna Park Frost Fest
Select dates, November 18th - January 7th
Coney Island, Luna Park

Immerse yourself in holiday magic sprinkled throughout the park and experience Winter themed activities at our 1st annual Frost Fest! Get ready for the ultimate winter experience, at NYC’s most iconic destination for fun with our 1st annual Frost Fest at Luna Park !  Select dates beginning Saturday, November 18, 2023, visitors at Luna Park will experience a thrilling winter destination boasting a skating rink, select rides and attractions, holiday lights & décor, photos with Santa, holiday shopping, festive food options to fulfill the cravings of New Yorkers and visitors alike, and more!


The Origami Holiday Tree
November 20th - January 15th
American Museum of Natural History

The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Proboscideans on Parade, featuring garlands and origami models inspired by the new exhibition The Secret World of Elephants. Among the more than 1,000 origami pieces decorating the tree will be intricately designed models of elephants and elephant relatives, including the wooly mammoth, as well as those depicting iconic Museum exhibits like the Blue Whale and Tyrannosaurus rex.



NYBG Holiday Train Show
Select dates, November 17, 2023 – January 15, 2024
10:00am - 6:00pm
New York Botanical Garden

The Holiday Train Show returns bigger than ever with more trains and an all-new, outdoor train display. Start on the lawn to capture your perfect holiday photos at our outdoor mountainscapes and then watch trains zip past nearly 200 iconic New York landmarks under the warmth of the Conservatory. After dark, join us for NYBG GLOW and discover the beauty of our landscape and historic buildings, illuminated across the grounds. And don’t miss the return of our fan-favorite Bar Car Nights, 21-and-over evenings featuring the Holiday Train Show and curated cocktails. These special evenings feature music, experiences, food, and more—making for the ultimate night out this season.


GCT Holiday Train Show
On view November 16th, 2023 - February 25th, 2024
Monday – Friday, 10:00AM – 7:30PM
Saturday – Sunday, 10:00AM – 6:00PM

For the first time since 2019, the New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery plays host to a city within a city with the display of a miniature electric railroad running over, through, and beneath some of New York’s most magnificent landmarks. This beloved annual holiday exhibit features model trains traveling along a 34′ long, two-level, “O” gauge model train layout. Departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal, the Transit Museum’s collection of Lionel trains including Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets will dazzle the eyes of children and adults alike as they make their way past New York landmarks and on to the North Pole.


The PAW Patrol™ Experience: Only at CAMP
Until January 15th
9:00am - 7:00pm
Columbus Circle

No job is too big; no pup is too small! In CAMP’s newest guided immersive experience, your kids will train to become members of the PAW Patrol’s Junior Patrollers. They’ll run, jump, laugh, and play in a series of guided obstacle courses and Counselor-led activities, preparing them to assist the PAW Patrol in defending Adventure City — all in celebration of PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie! If you’re looking for an activity for your kids in New York City, you won’t want to miss this!


Holiday Tree Drop-Off in Prospect Park 
December 26th - January 7th
All Day 

Join Prospect Park Alliance in recycling your holiday tree! Starting December 26, do the Earth a favor and leave your holiday tree along the Prospect Park perimeter fence near the 3rd Street Entrance, Lincoln Road Entrance or Park Circle Entrance. The trees will be collected by staff members and volunteers and turned into mulch for the public to use.


December 26th - January 7th
Various Locations around NYC

Say fir-well to your holiday tree at nyc mulchfest! Join NYC Parks and the New York City Department of Sanitation in the NYC holiday tradition of recycling your Christmas tree!

Put on your boots and haul your tree to a Mulchfest location — we'll chip your tree into wood chips that we'll use to nourish trees and make NYC even greener.


Past Events Archive

Holiday Pop Up Market to benefit Mixteca
Saturday, December 9th
2:00pm - 5:00pm 

Located at The Art Annex, 413a 7th Avenue. Shop art works and gifts made by the Art Annex teachers! Featuring work by: Emilia DeVitis, Janet Pedersen, Susan Greenstein, Sara Muñoz Ledo Rodriguez, Rosie Rudavsky, and Hattie Schapiro We’ll have art activities for the littles and hot cocoa for all! 

 A portion of the proceeds will go to Mixteca, a local organization that empowers the Mexican and Latin American immigrant communities in Brooklyn.


Brower Park Tree Lighting and Toy Giveaway

Wednesday, December 6th

3:00pm - 7:00pm


Owl's Head Park Christmas Tree Lighting

Wednesday, December 6th



Dumbo Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 7th
4:00pm - 7:00pm (tree & menorah lit at 5:30pm)

Carols, Calypso, and Cocoa! Join us to ignite some Holiday Cheer! Dumbo will be hosting a tree lighting complete with Santa Claus, holiday projections, sweet treats, holiday covers, toy and food drives, and much more! 

Carroll Park Holiday Tree Lighting 
December 8th; 5pm - 7pm (tree lighting at 6pm)

The annual holiday tree lighting at Carroll Park will take place on Friday, December 8 from 5 to 7 pm with the tree lighting at 6 pm. Music starting on the Court Street end of the park at 5 pm. Actual tree lighting (and Santa’s arrival) at 6 pm. Refreshments and Santa encounters 6 to 7 pm at the park house on the Smith Street end of the park.


Fort Greene Park Holiday Tree Lighting
December 8th, 5pm - 6pm 

Mark your calendars and join us for the 9th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in partnership with Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. Meet us at Myrtle Ave and St Edwards Street entrance on Sunday, December 8 from 4:00pm–5:00pm for a magical evening as we illuminate the park. Enjoy free hot chocolate and write letters to Santa while listening to festive songs!


Chanukah Fest at the Jewish Children's Museum
December 7th, 10th - 14th 
10:00am - 5:30pm

Join the Jewish Children's Museum and celebrate Chanukuah with a variety of family friendly activities! Decorate donuts, learn the art of olive oil making, design a tote, and watch a variety of Jewish movies in the theater. Advanced registration is required, workshops are free with admission to the museum. 


Holiday Hornucopia!
Saturday, December 9th 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Family Sing Along  Come join the Metropolitan Horn Trio for a festive celebration at the Old Stone House! Get ready for a jolly good time filled with holiday cheer. This in-person event is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

Join us for a program of original arrangements highlighted by a family friendly sing along! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make lasting memories with friends and family. Mark your calendars and get ready to have a holly, jolly time at Holiday Hornucopia!


P.S. 133 Holiday Bazaar and Kids Carnival
Saturday, December 9th 
10:00am - 4:00pm

Come join us for the P.S. 133 Holiday Bazaar and Kids Carnival! The school is located on 4th Ave and Baltic St.

NYRR Frosty 5k 

Saturday, December 9th 
8:00am - 11:00am
Prospect Park

Join New York Road Runners for their Frosty 5K! Kick off the winter running season and run with purpose at a festive 5K on Saturday, December 9. Your support and participation play a role in fulfilling NYRR’s mission to help and inspire people through running, and benefit NYRR’s free youth and community programs

Bring your child to the Rising New York Road Runners at the NYRR Frosty 5K for some race-day fun! Registration is FREE and open to participants ages 2 to 18 of all abilities. 


Soca Santa and Flatbush Community Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 9
3:00pm - 5:45pm
Tree lighting at 6:00pm

On Saturday December 9, bring your whole family to take pictures with Soca Santa and see our FIRST ANNUAL FLATBUSH COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING! This initiative is supported by the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Council Member Rita Joseph, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Assemblymember Brian Cunningham, MetroPlusHealth, News 12 Brooklyn, and Flatbush Reformed Church.


Christmas Tree Sale
Saturday, December 9
9:00am - 4:00pm

Still need a Christmas tree? Want to benefit the community?  Come to the Christmas Tree Sale at St. John-St. Matthew Emanuel Lutheran Church! Proceeds go to CHIPS https://chipsonline.org & Lutheran World Relief https://lwr.org

TREES: Douglas Fir (short needles), Fraser Fir (longer needles).

Heights and prices vary. First come, first served. Payment accepted by cash, Zelle, or QR code.

LOCATION: St. John-St. Matthew Emanuel Lutheran Church, 283 Prospect Ave (between 4th and 5th).

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Singing Tree-Angles Presents: A Performance by Karl Larson
Monday, December 11th 
5:00pm - 6:30pm
6th Avenue Triangle at Flatbush

The North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) is excited to announce its newest public art and engagement project - Singing Tree-Angles - Celebrating the sound of place in lights!--located at the 6th, 7th, and 8th Avenue Triangles along Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. “Singing Tree-Angles” brings our public triangles to life, enhancing the experience of our unique and dynamic neighborhood along Flatbush Avenue from Atlantic Ave to 8th Ave in Prospect Heights/Park Slope, Brooklyn. The installation captures the environmental sounds and the lights pulse to the vibrant Brooklyn activity. Visitors, shoppers, and neighbors can experience the vibrant melody of the neighborhood through lights, and interact with the installation via sculptured, abstract tree engagement points with singing, clapping, whistling, or playing tunes, and add their own twinkle to the showcase. 

We are also thrilled to announce a musical partnership with Karl Larson (https://www.karllarsonpiano.com/), a local pianist, composer, and instructor, who is creating an original, unique musical score to accompany the Singing Tree-Angles. The music, alongside the unique, reactive light show, will delight the neighborhood as it “sings” along to the beat of Flatbush Avenue. 

Karl will perform a special global debut of “Canopy” on Monday, December 11, 2023, at 5pm. Join us at the 6th Avenue Triangle at Flatbush Avenue to listen to the original piece, as well as other music engagements,  and join in on the musical fun. As the evening descends, watch the lights come alive as Larson’s original score and sound/light integration bring the community closer. 

The interactive light display will be happening  nightly from November 25th - January 19th. 

RSVP LINK: https://fb.me/e/1cbqbwHI4


DTBK Gets Lit at Albee Square
Tuesday, November 21
5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Downtown Brooklyn

Get ready to kick off the holiday season in true Downtown Brooklyn style and flair! In partnership with The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso and City Point BKLYN we’ll be at Albee Square for our annual party with special guest performances by Brooklyn Ballet, Bond Street Theater, DJ Mike Doelo, a cappella group Frequency, and more! Enjoy free hot chocolate, take part in our inaugural ugly sweater competition (five lucky contestants will win $10 gift certificates to Empanada Loca at AL B’s!), come to our info table to find out how to get one of our stylish Downtown Brooklyn beanies, and countdown with us to turn the holidays lights ON! 


5th Avenue Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 25th
4:30pm - 5:30pm (tree lit at 5:30pm)
Park Slope

4th Street Plaza Open Streets

Come down for the tree lighting and enjoy many fun holiday activities such as: Touch a Truck with Waste Connections, Letters to Santa – write a letter to Santa and post in our special mailbox, Bubble Dad, Photos with Santa, Music with Patrick, Churros from Simple Loaf Bakehouse, Mexican Hot Chocolate from Chela, and more to come!


Post-Thanksgiving Day Hike: Prospect Park Waterways 
Friday, November 24th
11:00am - 1:00pm 
Entrance - Park Circle

Join the NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers on a walk around the waterways of Prospect Park. Learn about the plants and animals that live in Lake Prospect and Olmstead’s inspiration in connecting the waterways. We will also be touching on the Catskill Watershed that provides the city with water and how the creation of that system changed our city parks. Comfortable walking footwear highly recommended.


Light Up Brooklyn Commons
Wednesday, November 29th
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Downtown Brooklyn 

Celebrate the start of the holiday season while enjoying a variety of festive outdoor activities at the Light Up Brooklyn Commons event, presented by Brookfield Properties. Attendees can explore an exhibition of exquisitely carved ice sculptures by Okamoto Studio and observe a live carving, sample holiday sweet treats, and look on as Santa himself lights up the treasured Brooklyn Commons Christmas tree, for all to enjoy. The evening’s activities are all free and open to the public.


Central Park Holiday Lighting
Thursday, November 30th
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Celebrate the season with our 27th Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park! Hosted by the Greensward Circle, come meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa while enjoying a variety of seasonal activities. The event concludes with the lighting of a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

Santa Land Community Parade

Saturday, December 2nd
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Atlantic Terminal Mall


Church and Flatbush Ave Caroling
Saturday, December 2nd
2:00pm & 3:30pm

On Saturday, December 2, join us for an afternoon of caroling led by @watoto_entertainment ! Refreshments and lyrics will be provided as we sing and walk our way from Suzy's Roti Parlour to the McDonald's at 943 Flatbush Ave. 


Marine Park Festival of the Lights: Santa in the Park 
Saturday, December 2nd 
11:00pm - 2:00pm

Enjoy holiday activities with the famous jolly old man in red on the lawn at Fillmore Ave & Madison Pl. 


PS321 Holiday Shop
Saturday, December 2nd
10:00am - 5:00pm

See 90+ artists, crafters, makers and other vendors selling their wares, plus a craft room with activities for kids to do and make and a bake sale to satisfy your sweet tooth.



Wallabout Wonderland Holiday Market
Saturday, December 2nd
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Brooklyn Navy Yard

Discover the perfect holiday gifts, relish in seasonal delights, and engage in a multitude of festive activities that capture the true essence of Brooklyn's vibrant charm inside a wintery market extravaganza.


Red Hook Holiday Market
December 2nd - 3rd, 9th - 10th, & 16th - 17th
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition 

Come see the display of decorated holiday windows and cast your vote for the best holiday windows decoration. Shop Red Hook local stores and eat, drink, & shop local for the holidays!


Sinterklaas - Saint Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 3rd
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wyckoff House Museum

Children will enjoy a visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback around 2:30PM. St. Nicholas will tell the traditional tale of The Bakers Dozen and children are invited to sign the Red Book. Sip hot cider, try your hand at colonial games, create a holiday pomander, decorate a Dutch clog for Sinterklaas, and dress the tree for the tree lighting that will close the day as the sun goes down.


Bay Ridge Tree Lighting
Tuesday, November 28th
Thursday, November 30th


Litchfield Villa Tree Lighting
December 1st


Fort Greene Park Holiday Tree Lighting
December 3rd,
4:00pm - 5:00pm 

Mark your calendars and join us for the 9th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in partnership with Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. Meet us at Myrtle Ave and St Edwards Street entrance on Sunday, December 3 from 4:00pm–5:00pm for a magical evening as we illuminate the park. Enjoy free hot chocolate and write letters to Santa while listening to festive songs!


Hanukkah Community Arts Festival 
Sunday, December 3rd 
1:00pm - 3:00pm 

Join us for an afternoon full of family fun with holiday-focused art workshops from our partners around the Brooklyn Jewish community. Enjoy step-by-step Hanukkah-themed art stations for projects such as: Picture Frame Decorating, Canvas Art, Watercolor Mosaic Cards, Mobiles, Dreidel Painting & Battling, Maccabee Finger Puppets, Holiday Cards for Seniors, Sun Catchers, Tzedakah Box Making, Menorah Making, DIY FIdget & Sensory Toys, and More. Plus, cozy up in our Book Nook for story time, get into the spirit with our special guest DJ Jewel, and join in on a rousing Hanukkah sing-a-long. This event is open to the greater Brooklyn Jewish community—invite your friends and family! $5 for children over 2, free for adults and children under 2.

RSVP required!

Hanukkah Crafting Workshops 
December 3rd and December 5th
The Craft Studio Brooklyn

Celebrate Hanukkah with these workshops at The Craft Studio Brooklyn! Price: $50.

December 3rd, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Menorah crafting workshop! Design, paint, and brush on a glaze on a beautiful full-size ceramic menorah. Your family will cherish it for Hanukkahs to come.

December 5th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Hanukkah kosher chocolate lollipop workshop! Using the finest kosher chocolate and delicious kosher candies and sprinkles crafters will design three beautiful Hanukkah themed chocolate lollis. Wrapped at the end in cello and ribbons, they make a great Hanukkah gift or treat! 


Chanukah Kickoff Concert with Moshe Reuven
Thursday, December 7th

Join Chabad of Park Slope and kickoff Chanukah with this concert and menorah lighting. Featuring Brooklyn's largest Menorah, the concert starts at 5:00pm with the lighting happening at 6:00pm. Admission is free and the event is located at Grand Army Plaza. 

Giant Menorah Lighting 
Thursday, December 7th

Join Chabad of Brooklyn Heights and commemorate the beginning of Hanukkah with this giant menorah lighting and concert by Gad Elbaz. Admission is free!


Coney Island Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 7th 


A Playground of Light: A Sensory Sensitive Celebration
Saturday, December 9th 
3:00pm - 4:40pm

This Playground of Light event is specifically for children with special needs, disabilities, and sensory sensitivities. The activities, and the space in which they’re held, will be thoughtfully designed with this population of children in mind, and all ages are welcome to join us as we explore light! Please RSVP here. This event is open to members of CBE as well as non-members. The event will end with a candle lighting at 4:40pm. Located at the CBE Rotunda


The Youth and Family Great Hanukkah Sing-along
Saturday, December 9th
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Join Congregation Beth Eloheim as their Youth and Family Great Hanukkah Sing-Along returns for the third year running! Sing along to “Five Little Latkes” and “I Have A Little Dreidel,” light the Hanukkah candles, observe Havdalah together, and enjoy some sufganiyot. Located at the CBE Sanctuary


JCC Brooklyn Hanukkah Celebration 
Sunday, December 10th 
11:00am - 1:00pm 

Join JCC Brooklyn for facepainting, refreshments, a musical performance by Yonatan and latkes by 12 Chairs Cafe! RSVP required. 

Chanukah on 5th
Sunday, December 10th

Join Chabad of Park Slope for a Hanukah celebration complete with crafts, games, snacks, music, and a menorah lighting! Located at J.J. Byrne Park.


Light Up the Night Family Glow Party 
Sunday, December 10th 
Glow Party at 4:00pm, Giant Menorah Lighting at 5:00pm

Kiddie Korner invites the community to light up the night with this family friendly Chanukah glow party. Wear white or neon and celebrate with donuts, dancing, games, and more! 


Ice Menorah Lighting at Industry City 
Sunday, December 10th 
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Chabad of Sunset Park invites families to celebrate Hanukkah at the Industry City Ice Rink. Skating is offered at a special discounted rate, and holiday foods, games, and activities are provided.


Clinton Hill Outdoor Chanukah Celebration
Sunday, December 10th
5:30pm Carving the Menorah and Music
6:00pm Menorah Lighting

Join Chabad of Clinton Hill  for a grand Chanukah Celebration on Myrtle Plaza! Get ready for an incredible evening as we light up the night at our annual event! Bring your family and friends!


BKCM's Hanukkah Celebration
Sunday, December 10th

Join us on December 10th at 7pm for a packed evening of Hanukkah celebration! We’re so excited to be partnering with The Neighborhood: An Urban Center for Jewish Life to bring our annual Hanukkah party back to BKCM. At 9pmY&I, with Yula Beeri and Isaac Gardner will take the stage embedding their music with the soulful voices of the Vocal trio INDIGA! In the Concert Hall, the Klezmer Big Band of Light kicks off the party. Upstairs in our studios you’ll find Hanukkah karaoke, latkes and a coloring room for kids. There will be a cash bar with adult beverages available for purchase. Adult tickets available for $20, kids tickets available for $10. 


Let There Be Latkes and Light
Sunday, December 10th 
12:00pm - 3:00pm 


BRJC Chanukah Party 
Sunday, December 10th 
2:00pm - 5:00pm 

Join Bay Ridge Jewish Center in celebrating Chanukah with a menorah lighting, arts and crafts, and snacks! RSVP here.


Marks JCH of Bensonhurst Presents a Chanukah Light Show 
Sunday, December 10th 
4:00pm - 6:30pm

Come and be a part of the festive spirit at the J during our Chanukah Light Show, where enjoyment, education, and the holiday season's joy come together!


Chanukah at Jane's Carousel 
Monday, December 11th
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Families are invited to join the Chanukah party at Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park hosted by the Chabad of DUMBO and DUMBO Gan preschool. Ice Menorah Lighting at 5.30 pm. Free rides, Hanukkah crafts, face painting and more. Suggested donation per family $40 in cash.


Chanukah at Carroll Park
Tuesday, December 12th

We are excited to be hosting the annual Community Menorah Lighting at Carroll Park on Tuesday, December 12 at 5:30pm. We are looking forward to celebrating Chanukah with the whole community, with live music, hot latkes and donuts, entertainment and more!


Santa at Pizza Plus!

Saturdays, 12/9 & 12/16 @ 4:00pm

Sundays, 12/10 & 12/17 at 3:00pm

A “Santa Experience” is coming to Pizza Plus where you can make your own pizza and decorate Christmas cookies and meet Santa Claus.

There’s also a “Dinner with Santa” on Tuesdays 12/12 & 12/19 at 6pm

SPOTS ARE LIMITED-- To Reserve a space, call Pizza Plus at  718-768-5327 (you’ll need to call during business hours).



Red Hook Holiday Market

December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us for the 4th annual Red Hook Holiday Market! Find one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts for your loved ones this holiday season while supporting local artisans, makers, and crafters! Visit us each weekend in December - Dec 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 - on the 2nd floor of Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.

Come see the display of decorated holiday windows and cast your vote for the best holiday windows decoration. Shop Red Hook local stores and eat, drink, & shop local for the holidays!


Camp Friendship Toy Drive
Accepting until December 15th 


Food Drive For City Harvest

December 10th & December 17 

11:00am to 1:00pm

Friends of Carroll Park will be collecting for City Harvest during the Christmas Tree Lighting, Friday, December 8, from 5pm to 7:00 pm. We’ll also be in the park house from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday 10 & Sunday December 17. Their most needed items are: canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter (in plastic jars), mac and cheese, and hot and cold cereal.


Chanukah @ Barclays Center 
Wednesday, December 13th, 6:00pm
Sunday, December 17th, 7:00pm

Islanders Tickets: Limited View - $24, Full View - $34, 100 Level - $47

Nets Tickets: (200 Level) - $29, (100 Level) - $65, (Lower Level) - $85

Barclays is hosting special Chanukah programs during the December 13th Islanders game and the December 17th Nets Game. These programs include Menorah Lighting Ceremonies, special halftime events, and more!