2011 Holiday Celebrations in Brooklyn

Maytal Wichman

Have yourself a merry little Christmas and treat your kids and yourself to some fun activities in the area. We’ve put together a list of events in Brooklyn for you to attend! Happy Holidays!

St. Nicholas Day
Bring the kids to Wyckoff House  to visit with St. Nicholas and Black Piet. Both will make an appearance on horseback carrying treats, sitting down with kids to reach them a story. Visitors will be treated to seasonal goodies like mulled cider and ginger cookies while making traditional holiday crafts.

Where: Wyckoff Farmhouse 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Phone: (718) 629-5400
When: Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

Santa Arrives on Fifth Avenue (Park Slope) – 3 Dates in December
Here’s a chance to visit with Santa as he makes his appearance at various locations on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope.
Where and When: Piramide located at 499 Fifth Avenue nr 12th Street on December 4, 2-5 pm
Where and When: Melt located 440 Bergen Street nr Fifth Avenue  on December 18, 2-5 pm

Presents to the Animals
Enjoy animals (including red pandas and Hamadryas baboons)  from the Prospect Park Zoo opening their presents and watch them delight in finding their holiday treats inside their beautifully wrapped boxes.

Where: Prospect Park Zoo, Lefferts Homestead, Carousel (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn, New York Directions to this location
When: Every Saturday, December 3 – December 24, 2011 and Every Sunday, December 4 – December 18, 2011 at 11am and 3:30pm

Brooklyn Borough Hall 
Tree lighting
Along with the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, Santa will be making an appearance. Refreshments will be served inside Borough Hall.

Where: Brooklyn Borough Plaza, Columbus Park, 209 Joralemon Street, Downtown Brooklyn
When: December 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Fifth Avenue (Park Slope) Tree Lighting
This year’s Fifth Avenue’s annual tree lighting  will be taking place at S’Nice on  Tuesday. Dec 6th at 6 pm. Santa will be making an appearance with his merry band of elves and helper. And for an added bonus,  Rolie Polie Guacamole and the MS 51 Chorus will be performing.
Where: S’Nice located at Fifth Avenue & 3rd Street
When: December 6, 2011 at 6pm

Suzi Shelton Band’s Third Annual Rockin’ Holiday Party
The Suzi Shelton Band’s Third Annual Rockin’ Holiday Party features kiddie crowd favorite and Brooklynite Suzi Shelton  with Baze and His Silly Friends joining her on stage. A highlight of the show will be the debut debut of Suzi’s brand new music video “Tomboy In A Princess Dress” ! Proceeds from Suzi’s merchandise sales got to support Global Family Philanthropy – a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide a stable home for orphaned and abandoned children. Visit SuziShelton.com for more information.

Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street between Second and Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York
Phone: (718) 643-6510
When: December 11, 2011 at 11:30am, doors open at 11am

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.

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

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.

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


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.

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

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.

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

Santa Parade/Holiday Extravaganza
The parade will march down Manhattan Avenue and back again. After the parade, the Holiday Extravaganza will begin: Pancake brunch at noon, photos with Santa, arts & crafts, holiday concert at 2pm and more! FREE.
Where: Greenpoint Y, 99 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: (718) 789-3700
When: December 10, at  11:30am

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.

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

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).
Where: Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn NY 11203
Phone: (718) 629-5400
When: December 9 and December 16, 2011 at 4:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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