Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Must Do Holiday Events in Brooklyn

It's the most wonderful time of the year.  Holidays are here and I have a couple of places in Brooklyn to visit, from tree lighting, where to take the best picture with old St. Nick and the best holiday show.

Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting in 2015-

1. Shore Road Park Christmas Lighting -Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Wednesday Dec 2, 2015
State Sen. Martin Golden kicks off the festive evening at Shore Road Park, which includes Hot Chocolate, small gifts from Santa and the tree lighting. Revelers are encouraged to bring a donation for Toys for Tots.

2. 10th Annual Dumbo Holiday Tree Lighting- Dumbo, Brooklyn
Thursday Dec 3, 2015
Pearl Street Triangle for an evening of entertainment, including excerpts from The Gelsey Kirkland Ballot's Nut Cracker, steele drums by Jah Pan, hot chocolate, a visit and photo with santa and caroling.
Guest are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy appropriate for children 14 and younger in support of the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive.

3.McKinley Park Christmas Tree Lighting-Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
Thursday Dec 3, 2015
Hosted by State Sen. Martin Golden, who's joined by jolly old St. Nick. Enjoy hot chocolate as Santa distibutes a small gift to each child.

4. Atlantic Ave-Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Friday Dec 4, 2015
Watch the christmas tree at the Belarusian church light up while enjoying complimentary treats and performances by local Public School students. Santa on hand to hear kid's wish list.

5. Carroll Park-Carroll Garden, Brooklyn
Friday Dec 4, 2015
Community Organization's the Court Street Merchant's Association and friends of Carroll Garden Park host this annual illumination. Santa helps flip the switch and there is food and fun in the Park House near the play ground. Canned goods and non perishables are collected for donation for @City Harvest.

6. 9th Annual Columbia Waterfront District Tree Lighting
Friday Dec 11, 2015
Take your picture with old St. Nick, refreshment from local restaurant, live music by Afro Latineers. Bring your kids for a surprise from Santa.

7. Fort Greene Park Holiday Tree Lighting-Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Sunday Dec 6, 2015
Join friends, neighbors, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy and Santa Claus for an evening of caroling with free hot chocolate and holiday cheers.

8. Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting-Park Slope
Sunday Dec6 through Tuesday Dec 13, 2015.
The Menorah is lit and revelers enjoy hot latkes, gifts for children and live music.

9.Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting-Midtown East
Wednesday Dec 2, 2015

10. Pitkin Ave 6th Annual Tree Lighting at Zion Triangle- Brownsville, Brooklyn
Friday Dec 4, 2015
Old St. Nicks, hot cocoa and cupcakes, music, caroling, special guest and more.

11. Bedford Stuyvesant Third Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony-Bedford Stuyvesant
Wednesday Dec 3, 2015, 6 pm.
West Plaza of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration
Photos with Santa, christmas gifts and more. Music will be provided by Grammy Award Winning Artist Jeff Redd.

12. Lady Moody Triangle Tree Lighting-
Thursday Dec 10, 2015
St. Nicks and State Sen. Martin Golden. Hot chocolate, caroling and a special visit from Santa Claus who will bring gifts for the kids.

Best Holiday Shows in Brooklyn

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas- Gowanus Canal
Friday Dec 11, 2015- Sunday Dec 27, 2015
After years of performing this family favorite at the now closed Brooklyn Lyceum, the show moves to a huge brand new venue. thew Redwood Studios for its 7th annual run.

2. Annie- Flatbush, Brooklyn
Tuesday Dec 15-Sunday Dec 20, 2015
This revival is helmed by Martin Charninn the show's lyricist and original Broadway director and is playing at Brooklyn recently re-opened King's Theatre.

Ice Skating Rinks

1. Rockefeller Center-

2. Central Park-

3. LeFrak Center Lakeside- Prospect Park
Hours, rate and skate rental vary. Click on the link for updates.

Best Places To Take Pictures with Santa.

1. Items of Interest- Park Slope, Brooklyn
Friday Nov 2 through Wednesday Dec 23, 2015
Visit website for complete schedule and to make an appointment.

2. Sinter Klass at Wyckoff Farm House Museum- East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Sunday Dec 6, 2015 1pm-4 pm.

3. Kings Plaza- Mill Basin, Brooklyn

Holiday Train Show-

1. The New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show- Bronx
Nov 21-Jan 18, 2015

2. The New York Historical Society's Seasonal Exhibit Holiday Express Holiday Express, toys and trains from the Jemi Collection- New york

3. The Annual Holiday Train Show- New York Transit Museum Gallery- Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall

Make sure to click on the link of your choice for schedule and prices.


Have a Safe and Happy Holiday