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Top 10 December events for families in Brooklyn

Go-to Brooklyn parent resources Macaroni KID Brooklyn NW and Brooklyn Bridge Parents have teamed up to bring you some of the best family events for Brooklyn families in December:

1. Holiday tree lighting celebrations:

  • Sunset Park Tree Lighting Friday, December 1 | 3-6pm | FREE | Sunset Park Ride the Historic Trolley on 5th Avenue, enjoy music, and pictures with Santa. Santa will be giving out goodie bags for the first 200 children. 
  • 22nd Annual Sinterklaas Day at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum Saturday, December 2 | 2-4pm | FREE | East FlatbushSt. Nicholas will arrive on horseback around 2:30pm to tell the traditional tale of The Baker’s 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 at 4pm as the sun goes down.
  • 9th Annual Fort Greene Tree Lighting Sunday, December 3 | 4-5pm | FREE | Fort Greene Park (Myrtle Ave & St Edwards St entrance)Fort Greene Park and Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership present a magical evening as they illuminate the park. Enjoy free hot chocolate and write letters to Santa while listening to festive songs! Feel free to bring a gift to contribute to their toy drive.
  • The DUMBO Holiday Lighting Thursday, December 7 | 4-7pm | FREE | DUMBO ArchwayJoin DUMBO BID to ignite some holiday cheer with loads of festive activities: tree lighting, menorah lighting, Santa photobooth, holiday concert, PS307 & Dock St Middle School performances, free hot cocoa and sweet treats, holiday projections, toy drive for the 84th Precinct’s Operation Sleigh Ride, New York Cares Coat Drive, and food drive for Vinegar Hill Pantry.
  • Carroll Park Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, December 8 | 5-7pm | FREE | Carroll ParkJoin Friends of Carroll Park and the Court Street Merchants for music and refreshments at 5pm. Tree lighting and Santa visit at 6pm! They’ll also be collecting goods for their City Harvest holiday food drive, so please grab a can or box (no glass!) of non-perishable food en route.
  • Plus, more expected to be announced! Check back for details. Fireboat House, Borough Hall, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Grand Army Plaza (Diocese of Brooklyn)

2. Join the community for holiday caroling

  • Caroling in the Plaza at Bed-Stuy Gateway BID’s Winter Wonderland
    Fridays December 1-22  | 12-6pm | FREE | Marcy Plaza/Bed-StuyJoin the Bed-Stuy BID as they team up with local houses of worship to make a joyful noise in celebration of the holiday season.
  • Caroling at Time Out Market New York
    Sundays December 3-23 | 2-5pm | FREE | DUMBO Sing along with live performances by “The Other Reindeer” Christmas carolers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Stop by to and mail your letter to Santa using their North Pole mailbox to receive a Special Goodie Bag (December 1-23).
  • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Holiday Caroling
    Saturday, December 16 | 2-3:30pm | FREE A beloved Brooklyn Conservatory tradition — holiday caroling! Please join BKCM as they spread cheer throughout the neighborhood, culminating in a reception in their garden. All ages, voices, faiths welcome. This year they will be updating their lyric books to include new popular tunes and gospel traditional songs written for four-part harmony. 2pm warm up will be followed by 2:30-3:30pm caroling.

3. Indoor holiday celebrations with kid-friendly activities

  • Holiday Hub at CityPoint
    Saturdays & Sundays December 2-17 | 11am-3pm | FREE | Downtown Brooklyn | For ages 1-10 Holiday Hub is a December family experience co-hosted by Mommy Poppins and Brooklyn Bridge Parents where families can make holiday memories. The three weekends of programming will include Santa portraits, Menorah making, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, Elf selfies, and more.
  • Santaland at Atlantic Terminal Mall
    Saturday, December 2-Sunday, December 24 | $5 for reservation, $20+ photo packages | Downtown Brooklyn Need pics with Santa? Santa Land has been a holiday family tradition with a for over 15 years! The month kicks off with a Parade at 12pm on December 2nd. Capture precious memories with your family, friends and pets at various Santa Land events! Click link for the full schedule.
  • Holiday Fun at Time Out Market New York
    Saturdays & Sundays December 2-23 | 1-4pm/2-5pm | FREE | DUMBO From enchanting holiday decorations to surprise visits from beloved holiday characters (Saturdays 1-4pm), and even live performances by “The Other Reindeer” Christmas carolers (Sundays 2-5pm), there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Stop by to mail your letter to Santa using their North Pole mailbox to receive a Special Goodie Bag (December 1-23).

4. Outdoor holiday celebrations

  • Bed-Stuy Gateway BID’s Winter Wonderland
    Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun December 1-23  | 12-6pm | FREE | Marcy Plaza/Bed-StuyJoin them for a month long family-friendly holiday tradition that includes live entertainment, fashion showcases and live music from local DJs.
  • 3rd Annual Children’s Party with Santa on Atlantic Avenue
    Saturday, December 2 | 12-3pm | FREE | Hoyt St Garden/Boerum Hill Parents and guardians are invited to bring their kids for arts, crafts and Santa. Decorate and color ornaments shaped like snowmen and holiday trees or BYO ornaments to be displayed on the fences of the vibrant Brooklyn garden. Santa and Olaf will be there for photo opps and local musicians will provide joyous tunes.
  • TownSquare presents Cookies with Santa
    Saturday, December 2 | 10am-3pm | $12 tickets | Williamsburg Santa’s coming to Greenpoint/Wiliamsburg for a fun time at FourFiveSix! So ready your list with all your wishes, to whisper to Santa with all your kisses! Delicious hot chocolate, homemade cookies to decorate, holiday music on their beautiful patio, and, of-course, precious moments and photos with Santa!

5Take a ride on New York Transit Museum Holiday Nostalgia Trains

Saturdays, December 2nd-30 | 10am-6pm | Cost of one subway ride | Lower Manhattan 

This holiday season, the annual NYTM tradition of Holiday Nostalgia Rides continues on the 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.

6. Shop local at Brooklyn Holiday Markets

  • Brooklyn Navy Yard’s 6th Annual Wallabout Wonderland Holiday Market
    Saturday, December 2-Sunday, December 3 | 12-5pm | FREE entry | Brooklyn Navy Yard  This year, the market debuts a new location and expands to 200 vendors, community partners, and Brooklyn-based businesses. Each day will be filled with activities for all ages, including their highly coveted kid’s zone, which will be available for both days this year!
  • UniFair Holiday Market at First Unitarian Church
    Saturday, December 2 | 10am-3pm | Brooklyn Heights UniFair sells beautifully decorated wreaths, jewelry, and baked goods. They will have their famous fruit cakes using Connie Newsom’s delicious recipe (thanks to Vonda Brunsting and her team of bakers for keeping that tradition going!) and plenty of delicious holiday treats baked by us for us.
  • The Holiday Market at Brooklyn Museum
    Saturdays & Sundays December 2-December 10 | 11am-5:30pm | Prospect Heights Located in the Brooklyn Museum’s gorgeous glass pavilion, this two day holiday market will be held on two consecutive weekends this year.
  • FAD Market Pop-Up in at the Invisible Dog Art Center
    Saturdays & Sundays December 2-17 | 11am-6pm | Boerum Hill Held on the first three weekends of December, each holiday market will feature a rotating roster of over 50 of the region’s most talented makers, designers and artisanal food brands offering a highly curated selection of impeccably crafted jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, handmade food items, home furnishings and more.
  • Red Hook Holiday Market
    Saturdays & Sundays December 2-17 | 1-6pm | Red Hook Find one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts for your loved ones this holiday season while supporting local artisans, makers, and crafters on the 2nd floor of Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.
  • Old Stone House Holiday Bazaar
    Saturday, December 9th (rain date 12/10) | 10am – 4pm | Park Slope The seasonal Old Stone House Holiday Artisan Market brings together 40+ local artisans, makers, and small businesses. There will be free family activities courtesy of the Textile Arts Center and Private Picasso, as well as mulled wine for purchase.
  • Greenpointers Holiday Market 
    Sunday, December 10th | 1-7pm | Greenpoint Back for its 10th year in Greenpoint Loft, the seasonal Greenpointers market is pulling out all the stops to make this landmark year extra special – You can expect music, art installation, cozy cocktails, and of course unique high quality shopping, plus more.
  • Sutton Pop-Up Holiday Market
    Saturday, December 16 & Sunday, December 17 | 12-7pm | Greenpoint A place where art, community, and music come together! The market features local makers, food vendors, vintage clothing, jewelry designers, ceramicists, and more.
  • More ongoing holiday markets: The Makers Show at CityPoint, Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market, DUMBO Loft Holiday Market, The Artisans Bazaar at Fort Greene Park

7. Celebrate Hanukkah:

  • Hannah Senesh Hanukkah Community Arts Festival
    Sunday, December 3 | 1-3pm | $5 per child ages 2+, free for adults | Carroll Gardens Enjoy step-by-step art stations for projects such as cookie decorating, dreidel painting, menorah crafting, along with music, storytime, yummy snacks, and so much more! This event is open to the greater Brooklyn Jewish community—invite your friends and family!
  • Chabad of Dumbo Chanukah on Ice at Glide BK
    Thursday, December 7 | 4:30-5:30pm | DUMBO Light up the nights of Chanukah! Join Chabad of Dumbo as they celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with an ice skating session at new rink Glide BK. Email for tickets.
  • Chabad of Park Slope’s Grand Army Plaza Chanukah Kickoff Concert + Menorah Lighting
    Thursday, December 7 | 5pm | FREE | Park Slope Celebrate the first night of Chanukah with a lighting ceremony at the largest menorah in Brooklyn at Grand Army Plaza complete with a Moshe Reuven concert, hot latkes and gifts. Celebrations begin at 5pm and menorah lightings continue through all eight nights of the Jewish holiday with both Jews and non-Jews welcome to the celebration.
  • Chabad of Brooklyn Heights’ Borough Hall Chanukah Kickoff Concert + Menorah Lighting 
    Thursday, December 7 | 5pm | FREE | Brooklyn Heights Celebrate the first night of Chanukah with a lighting ceremony at the giant menorah at Borough Hall complete with Gad Elbaz concert. Celebrations begin at 5pm and menorah lightings continue through all eight nights of the Jewish holiday with both Jews and non-Jews welcome to the celebration.
  • Chanukah Donut Decorating at Jewish Children’s Museum
    Thursday-Thursday, December 7-14 | 11:30am-5pm | $14-17, free for under 2 | Crown Heights Get into the Chanukah spirit and decorate your own one-of-a-kind Chanukah treat at their make your own donut bar!
  • CBE BK Hanukkah Sing Along + Sensory Sensitive Celebration
    Saturday, December 9 | 3-5pm | FREE with RSVP | Park Slope CBE’s 3rd annual Youth and Family Great Hanukkah Sing-Along returns with favorite Hanukkah songs followed by menorah lighting and yummy sufganiyot! For children with special needs, disabilities, and sensory sensitivities, CBE is also hosting “A Playground of Light,” thoughtfully designed with this population of children in mind, and all ages are welcome to join!
  • Chabad of Brooklyn Heights’ Light Up the Night Family Chanukah Glow Party
    Sunday, December 10 | 4-5pm | FREE with RSVP Come dressed in white or neon to light up the night at a Glow Party featuring donuts, games, dancing, prizes & more!
  • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Hanukkah Celebration
    Sunday, December 10 | 7-10pm | $20 adults, $10 kids | Park Slope In partnership with The Neighborhood: An Urban Center for Jewish Life, BKCM’s annual Hanukkah party will feature the Klezmer Big Band of Light, a Vocal trio INDIGA, Hanukkah karaoke, latkes, a coloring room for kids, and a cash bar with adult beverages.
  • JCC Brooklyn Hanukkah Celebration
    Sunday, December 10 | 11am-1pm | FREE with RSVP | Williamsburg Join JCC Brooklyn for facepainting, games, and dancing. Refreshments will be served. Musical performance by Yonatan.
  • Chabad of Dumbo’s Chanukah at the Carousel
    Monday, December 11 | 4:30-6:30pm | DUMBO Light up the nights of Chanukah! Join Chabad of Dumbo as they celebrate the fifth night of Hanukkah at Jane’s Carousel with a menorah lighting, crafts, and carousel rides. Email for more information.
  • Dirah Brooklyn Chanukah Celebration in Carroll Park
    Tuesday, December 12 | 5:30pm | FREE | Carroll Gardens Join the community for an evening of light and joy at the Menorah lighting celebration. The festivities include hot latkes and donuts, live music, exciting entertainment, and a special program for Israel.
  • Chabad of Dumbo Menorah Lighting at DUMBO Archway
    Wednesday, December 13 | 5-6pm | FREE | DUMBO Light up the nights of Chanukah! Join Chabad of Dumbo as they celebrate the seventh night of Hanukkah at the Dumbo Archway with a menorah lighting and festivities. Email for more information.

8. Catch a kid-friendly holiday performance

  • Magical Christmas Ballet at Kings Theatre
    Wednesday, December 6 | 7pm (Doors open 6pm) | $45+ tickets | Flatbush Experience the extraordinary international cast and Ukrainian Principal Artists performing at the peak of classical European Ballet. Be transported by the magic of jaw-dropping acrobatics, larger than life puppets and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes.
  • JingleFest Holiday Concert + Cookie Swap at Brooklyn Conservatory
    Saturday, December 9 | 3pm | $12, free for 2 and under | Park Slope Join the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for a joyful holiday family concert and interactive singalong. Come belt out kid-friendly classics and enjoy beautiful sacred carols. They’ll close out the concert with a visit from Santa, and continue the fun with cookies and hot chocolate. Bring a batch of your favorite cookies to exchange and get one FREE ticket per family!
  • Jingle Bell Swing at Old Stone House
    Sunday, December 10 | 11am-12pm | Adults $40, free for 12 and under | Park Slope Step into Jingle Bell Swing, a musical journey where jazzy winter tunes meets family-friendly fun! Join Mozart for Munchkins for an interactive concert featuring Ric Becker and band, blending classical elegance with toe-tapping jazz favorites. 
  • Winter Wonderland Concert at St. Ann’s Church
    Saturday, December 16 | 11-11:45am | Adults $40, free for 12 and under | Brooklyn Heights Embark on a musical adventure for the whole family! This concert brings together the enchanting sounds that weave a delightful tapestry of classical and jazz favorites including tunes from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Join the excitement with sing-alongs and be mesmerized as a graceful ballerina adds an extra layer of magic, making it a truly interactive and family friendly performance for all to enjoy!
  • Brooklyn Brandenburgers Family concert at Old Stone House
    Saturday, December 16 | 3pm & 7pm | $25, free for under 16 | Park Slope Join the Brooklyn Brandenburgers for their annual Family Holiday Concert featuring music by Beethoven, Vivian Fine, Grieg, Telemann, Bach, & Mozart.
  • Suzi Shelton’s Holiday Show at Jalopy Theatre
    Saturday, December 16 | 11am-12pm | $10 Adults/$5 Kids | Red Hook | For ages 0-10 Suzi Shelton’s Holiday Show returns to Jalopy Theatre! From award-winning folk musicians to rock-n-rollers, puppeteers and pop stars, this family concert series is sure to engage, entertain and educate your entire family! Enjoy a coffee, mimosa or juice box during the show.
  • The Brooklyn Nutcracker at Kings Theatre
    Saturday, December 16 | 2pm & 7pm | $39+ tickets | Flatbush The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a rich tapestry of global dance genres to create a new family tradition for the modern era. Culturally immersive, The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the heart of Brooklyn’s cultural mosaic.
  • Rock & Roll Playhouse Holiday Celebration at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg
    Sunday, December 17 | 12pm | $16 tickets | Williamsburg | For ages 0-10 The Rock & Roll Playhouse celebrates the holidays with a concert featuring the music of The Beatles.
  • FunikiJam Holiday Beat Concert at Central Library
    Tuesday, December 19 | 10:30-11:30am | Grand Army Plaza This one-of-a-kind Off-Broadway show promises to take you on a cultural adventure like no other, celebrating an array of holiday traditions, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Shichigosan, all specially curated for kids and families.

9. Celebrate Kwanzaa at Brooklyn Children’s Museum 

Tuesday, December 26 – Saturday, December 30 | 10am-5pm | $14-15 admission | Crown Heights

Join the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for its 16th annual lively celebration of Kwanzaa at the largest family Kwanzaa event in NYC, presented in partnership with Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation. Guests can learn all about the cultural backgrounds and significance of the holiday and learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa through workshops, live performances, art projects, candle lighting and more! This year, they celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop with special activities and tributes that showcase its enduring impact.

10. Ring in the New Year with Fireworks in Prospect Park

Sunday, December 31 | 10pm-12:30am | FREE | Grand Army Plaza

Join Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso and Prospect Park Alliance for Brooklyn’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park. The event will include live entertainment by Quintessential Playlist who will perform live music at 10pm before the fireworks begin.

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