Festive events across Brooklyn
The holiday spirit is alive and well in Brooklyn as the borough celebrates Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa with tree lightings, holiday sings, menorah lightings, toy drives and other events. Want to share the holiday cheer? Here’s a list of some memorable happenings (in order of date). Check back for updates.
Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting: The annual tree lighting takes place on Tuesday, December 3 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Belarusan Church at the corner of 401 Atlantic Avenue and Bond Street. Sponsored by the Atlantic Avenue Development Corporation, enjoy treats and tunes courtesy of Rolie Polie Guacamole and local public school students.
DUMBO Life-Sized Ice Menorah Lighting: Chabad of DUMBO is installing a menorah in the Pearl Street Triangle on Tuesday, December 3 and is hosting two parties as well. On December 3 Chabad presents a Fire And Ice: A Kids Chanukah Party, a superhero-themed arts and crafts party where you can watch Menorah ice carving, a Menorah lighting, and dreidal spinning. (More at: http://dumbo.is/blog_posts/chabad-of-dumbo-celebrates-chanukah-dec-3-4)
DUMBO My Light Chanukah Party: On Wednesday, December 4 at 8 p.m., Chabad is throwing an art party for the grownups at 205 Plymouth Street. (More at: http://dumbo.is/blog_posts/chabad-of-dumbo-celebrates-chanukah-dec-3-4)
Sunset Park Holiday Tree Lighting: On Tuesday, December 5, the Sunset Park Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District presents its Holiday Tree Lighting at OLPH Basilica, 60th and 5th Avenue. The festivities begin 3 p.m. where kids can take pictures with Santa. Free entertainment starts at 4 p.m. and the lighting takes place at 6 p.m.Carroll Gardens Holiday Tree Lighting: The Court Street Merchants Association sponsor the annual tree lighting on Friday, December 6, at 6 p.m. Gather at Court Street near the Valentino Ball Field in Carroll Park. Party at the park house to follow.
Brooklyn Borough Hall Christmas Tree Lighting: Santa will drop by to help light up Brooklyn’s Borough Hall for the holidays on December 10, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Borough Hall Plaza. Time not yet announced.
DUMBO Holiday Tree Lighting and Firepit: Gather in DUMBO on Thursday, December 12 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Pearl Street Triangle for a festive tree lighting. The event includes hot chocolate from Jacques Torres, a Boothify photobooth, holiday tunes from steel drum band Jah Pan, and a visit from Santa. Nice touch: a firepit, courtesy of BioLite.
Christmas Tree Party at The Old Stone House, Park Slope: At 6 p.m. on a date not yet announced, Santa will drop in to watch the tree light up, and Brooklyn family band Rolie Polie Guacamole will play some tunes with help from the Middle School 51 chorus. Event includes hot chocolate and other goodies. Park Slope Old Stone House, 336 Third Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.
Free Trolley Rides in Sunset Park: The Sunset Park BID will be offering free trolley rides along Fifth Avenue, from 38th to 64th Streets making all B63 stops. The dates are Sunday December 1, Saturday December 21, Sunday December 22, and Monday December 23, beginning each date at 1 p.m. Santa Claus will be the special guest on-board.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade Tree Lighting: Promenade and Montague Street: The Brooklyn Heights Garden Club will hold their 63rd annual tree on Wednesday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m. The Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn will raise their voices, and will lead caroling down Montague Street after the lighting.
Kwanzaa at Brooklyn Children’s Museum: The holiday traditions of Kwanzaa are celebrated at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum starting on Saturday, December 28, at 1 p.m. See www.brooklynkids.org for more.