Holiday Celebrations in Brooklyn – December 15- December 31, 2011

As we head into the excitement of the Holidays, there are still many fun holiday celebrations happening throughout Brooklyn. The following are events that are scheduled through the end of the month.

100 Years of Holiday Cheer – Brooklyn Music School
The Brooklyn Music School presents 100 Years of Holiday Cheer, a  holiday music and dance journey celebrating its upcoming centennial year. This event is free to the public.

When: December 18, 2011
Where: Brooklyn Music School, 126 Felix Street, Brooklyn, New York

American Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker
Magical toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s whimsical world return to BAM for the winter holidays in this acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Performed with a live orchestra, together with extraordinary sets and costumes, The Nutcracker is bound to be a treasured memory for years to come.

When: December 14, 2011 through December 31, 2011. Check website for pricing and performance schedule.
Where: Howard Gilman Opera House at BAM, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (718) 636-4100

 

The Snow Queen
Hans Christian Andersen’s classic wintry tale features a talking reindeer, a fierce Snow Monster, and a witch with a green thumb.  This highly theatrical adaptation is set to the music of Archangelo Corelli and danced in a narrated ballet by larger-than-life puppets, including a 12-foot tall Snow Queen. Join the puppeteers for holiday cookies in the lobby after the show! Tickets are $12 per person. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

When: December 17, 2011 at  10:30am
Where: Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY  11235
Phone: (718) 368-5596

Holiday Jingle Bell Jamboree Concert and Sing-a-Long
The musical extravaganza will feature performances from a variety of performing ensembles. There will also be a unique community dance and a performance from a surprise guest. In addition, there is a festive sing-a-long throughout the show. FREE (suggested donation: $10 per adult; $5 per child.) Toys for Tots will also collect new and gently used unwrapped gifts.

When: December 17, 2011 at  7:00pm
Where: Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place @8th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (718) 768-3814

Jim Vagias Holiday Express

Join Magic Jim as he takes children on an imaginary train ride around the world. Using books that can be found in your library, Jim teaches participants how different cultures celebrate the winter holidays. With lots of humor and audience participation, kids will learn about Kwanza, Diwali, Solstice, Ramadan, Hanukkah and Christmas. FREE.

When: December 17, 2011 at  1pm
Where: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: (718) 230-2100

Children’s Candlelight Tours
Explore the world of colonial kids after dark and learn what kids did in a world where electricity was non-existent . Ages 2-14. Reservations by phone required. $10 per adult; $7 per child (14 and under).

When: December 16, 2011 at 4:30pm
Where: Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn NY 11203
Phone: (718) 629-5400

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Dyker Heights is  famous for it’s other worldly and pretty much over the top lighting displays  but certainly well worth the trip

When: Late November to early January, after sundown
Where: 83rd St. to 86th St between Eleventh Ave. and Thirteenth Ave.; Dyker Heights

Borough Hall Menorah Lighting
Join Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for the annual Menorah lighting ceremony.  Refreshments will be served inside Borough Hall.

When: December 20, 2011 at 5pm
Where: Brooklyn Borough Plaza, Columbus Park, 209 Joralemon Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Kwanzaa Celebration at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Whether you celebrate Kwanzaa or would like to learn more about the holiday, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum has several events (Kwanzaa Unity Cup, 7 Principles of Kwanzaa and Meet the Holiday: Kwanzaa Celebration) planned to teach kids about the holiday.

When: Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Visit the Brooklyn Children’s Museum‘s for schedule and times of events.
Where: Brooklyn Children’s Museum

 

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