Free Caroling, Make Music New York on the shortest day of the year and robotics league happening this week in Brooklyn. Read our comprehensive overview of Holiday break activities with kids all over New York City here.
Cobble Hill Holiday Gather & Sing | Cobble Hill | Wednesday 12/20
Come one, come all to the Cobble Hill Holiday Gather and Sing, a community event co-hosted by the Cobble Hill Association and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Embrace the holiday spirit in the heart of Cobble Hill Park, surrounded by the warmth of community and the enchanting melodies of the season. December 20 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm.
Christmas Caroling | Brooklyn Heights | Thursday 12/21
Join Plymouth Church as they spread Christmas cheer through the Brooklyn Heights community. Meet them in Beecher Garden at Plymouth Church at 6 PM where caroling will begin. Come prepared to lift your voice and share the joy of Christmas. Find out more here.
Make Music New York | Various neighborhoods | Thursday 12/21
Make Music New York is a citywide initiative to celebrate the shortest day of the year with live music.
- Flatfoot Flatbush with live music and dancing from 4 to 9 pm on Flatbush Avenue (The evening begins with a warm-up and quick flatfooting workshop hosted by Megan Downes (City Stompers), which will take place outdoors at 4pm at Flatbush Avenue and Carlton (northeast side of the street, right outside the B/Q subway entrance). Immediately following, the flatfooting parade will kick off and traverse Flatbush Avenue, moving North toward Dean Street, and then looping back towards 6th Avenue, stopping at local businesses to bring holiday cheer. This year’s parade will feature some exceptional performances, including from Brooklyn Contra and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s “Wind in the Pines.” The parade will finish at 5:30pm at the 6th Avenue Triangle (intersection of Flatbush, 6th, and St Marks Avenues), with a special performance from the Gowanus Wildcats, and a participatory square dance led by Downes.)
- Fogo Azul all women drumming from 5.45 to 7 pm at Dr Susan Park in DUMBO
- Ukulele Caroling from 7 to 8 pm at the Brooklyn Central Library
Caroling | Brooklyn Heights | Saturday 12/23
Wanna come caroling Saturday Dec 23? Meet at St Ann’s at 157 Montague St at 4. We’ll sing to the firemen, nursing homes and home bound. All are welcome! We’ll supply the songbooks, feel free to bring a candle or your phone flashlight. Bring a friend, your family, or come alone. See you there!
Brooklyn Robotics League | Various neighborhoods | Thursdays
Love LEGOs, robotics and teamwork? Then head to a participating Brooklyn Public Library location for Brooklyn Robotics League. The theme for this year is Masterpiece, and kids and teens (ages 9–17) will learn to use the LEGO Spike Prime set while exploring STEM concepts and making new friends. BPL will host weekly workshops leading up to the big competition on February 10, 2024, at Central Library. Find out more here.
- Walt Whitman in Fort Greene Thursdays 4 – 5.30 pm
- Park Slope Library Thursdays 3 to 5 pm
Ice skating | Brooklyn Bridge Park | Tuesdays & Saturdays
The new ice skating rink Glide under the Brooklyn Bridge offers free weekly sessions for NYC residents on Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. All details here.
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights | Dyker Heights | Daily
To see some of the most astounding Christmas light displays in New York City, visit the residential neighborhood of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. Families may also opt to take a guided tour of the neighborhood’s lights—check out A Slice of Brooklyn and Dyker Heights Christmas Lights. Homeowners’ light displays typically stay up through the first week of January. Location: From 11th to 13th Avenues (also known as Dyker Heights Blvd) to 83rd to 86th St in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.