Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: December 15th-17th
Hi everyone! Bundle up this weekend and head out and enjoy Chanukah & holiday events in Brooklyn & NYC.
This weekend head out and enjoy Mad Science Chanukah at Congregation B’nai Jacob, Tinkergarten Trial Class in Prospect Park, Chanukah Family Festival at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Winter Wonderland 3D Laser Light & Video Show at Coney Island, The Brooklyn Nutcracker at Irondale Center, Lighting at The Largest Menorah in Grand Army Plaza, Family Concert: Mister G at The Jewish Museum, La MaMa Kids: Winter Wonderland Presentation at Ellen Stewart Theatre, River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime at the Barnes & Noble, The Hip Hop Nutcracker at Kings Theatre, Carnegie Hall Family Concert: My City, My Song, Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel! at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Paper Bag Players presents: That’s Quite Absurd! at LIU Brooklyn Kumble Theater, Movies @ the Library: Frozen at the Red Hook Brooklyn Public Library, Brandenburgers Holiday Concert at Old Stone House, Little Red Riding Hood at Brooklyn Music School and Unsilent Night New York City in Washington Square Park.
Also check out long running events like Santa’s Corner in Bryant Park, Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater, Luminaries at Arts Brookfield, ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk at Abrons Arts Center A Christmas Carol the Musical at The Players Theatre, Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History, Macy’s Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square, 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Pinocchio at Puppetworks, Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden and Block Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Happy Chanukah & have a blast this weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday December 15th
The Paper Bag Players presents: That’s Quite Absurd! at LIU Brooklyn Kumble Theater (Boerum Hill)
Friday December 15th 10a & 12n. Tickets: $8. The Paper Bag Players are welcoming their fifty-ninth year of performing great theater for children. Come on an adventure with The Paper Bag Players in our new show, “The Paper Bag Players That’s Quite Absurd!” Children ages 3 to 8 will delight in our classic blend of cardboard & paper sets; whimsical stories; lovable characters; and live music that will have them singing and dancing in the aisles. The show will have you laughing, singing, dancing–and sitting on the edge of your seat! This brand new show is packed with stories, songs, freewheeling dances, painting, audience participation, paper bag costumes and scenery — and lots of adventure! It’s a funny, friendly, and thrilling hour of theater — perfect for everyone!
The Brooklyn Nutcracker at Irondale Center (Fort Greene)
Friday-Saturday December 15th-16th 3p & 730p. Tickets start at $25. A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. Starting from the point of view of old Dutch Brooklyn and leading to our iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity— in essence, a Christmastime love letter to the borough we call home. The Brooklyn Nutcracker fulfills Brooklyn Ballet’s mission by providing the borough’s youth with opportunities to dance, by expanding the annual performance season for the professional artists in our company, by injecting contemporary ideas into a classic art form, and by working together with Brooklyn’s diverse communities on a Nutcracker we can call our own.
Movies @ the Library: Frozen at the Red Hook Brooklyn Public Library
Friday December 15th 3-5p. Free. When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. Inspired by the classic fairy tale The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Rated PG Runtime 1h 42min
Little Red Riding Hood at Brooklyn Music School (Fort Greene)
Friday December 15th 7p. Tickets FREE for children ages 11 and under, $20 for adults. The classic transformative tale of Little Red Riding Hood will come alive in BMS Playhouse. Presented by young musical theater performers, this imaginative production will feature the classic and original characters highlighting Little Red’s journey through the unfamiliar woods and her encounter with the clever trickster wolf. As our young performers enact the evocative story and narrate the powerful lessons learned through their characters’ passage, audiences are reminded of the value of trust, kindness and the importance of community/family in times of hostility. In this exciting production, the creatures of the forest and trees come alive as the Mother’s song echoes through the entire journey. Don’t miss this original musical written and produced by the BMS faculty, proudly featuring the school’s youngest talent in music and theater.
Saturday December 16th
Tinkergarten Trial Class in Prospect Park
Saturday December 16th 10-1115a. Free. Tinkergarten offers play based classes for kids and a treasured adult in the ideal classroom- nature. This winter, we’ll sip from mugs of warm tea, go on special hikes, and build cozy shelters. We’ll all go home rosy-cheeked and refreshed! In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader, Dawn Manzo, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. This trial class is: Designed for children ages 18 months-5 years. Child/children are accompanied by an adult. Siblings of any other age are most welcome. See the website for all the details. Location: 3rd Street and Prospect Park West.
La MaMa Kids: Winter Wonderland Presentation at Ellen Stewart Theatre (East Village)
Saturday December 16th 11a. Tickets: $11. Location: The Downstairs. La MaMa Family will weave their magic and excitement for La MaMa’s End of Year celebration event – a fun-filled immersive performance by La MaMa resident artists. Embracing puppetry, storytelling, dance, music and theatre, this is a unique holiday event for the whole family, all ages encouraged! A La MaMa Kids end of year celebration with treats and a Ginger Bread House Building extravaganza, courtesy of Kim Ima, will follow this event!
River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime at the Barnes & Noble (Park Slope)
Saturday December 16th 11a. Free. It’s Christmas Eve and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a note to Santa, but she and her dog fall asleep only to find they’ve been swept off on another magical adventure. Activities to follow. This event is also happening at Barnes & Noble Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
Carnegie Hall Family Concert: My City, My Song (Midtown West)
Saturday December 16th 12n & 3p. Tickets: $10. For ages 4-8y. Three vibrant New York City–based artists perform in My City, My Song, a colorful, participatory experience that provides children with the opportunity to discover music from different parts of the world that can be found right in their own city. Originally from the country of Georgia, Ilusha Tsinadze sings both traditional and original Georgian folk songs. Imani Uzuri shares Freedom Songs from the Civil Rights Movement, as well as her own songs of protest. Emeline Michel gets audiences to dance to pulsating rhythms and tunes from Haiti. Free pre-concert activities take place in Zankel Hall one hour prior to the performance.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker at Kings Theatre (Flatbush)
Saturday December 16th 8p (doors 7p). Tickets: $29-$79. The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, DJ, violinist, and digital scenery bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life with a contemporary urban twist.
Sunday December 17th
Mad Science Chanukah at Congregation B’nai Jacob (Park Slope)
Sunday December 17th 10a-12n. $10 suggested donation per child. RSVP here. Join us Sunday, December 17th @ B’nai Jacob for a morning filled with experiments, chocolate gelt making and more! There will be a Special Mad Science show where your entire family will enjoy an indoorfireworks display to create a festival of lights! Kids will also make their own Chanukah Gelt and learn how to wire an electricMenorah and receive a special take home prize as well! Please RSVP here as space will fill up quickly!
Chanukah Family Festival at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday-Wednesday December 17th-20th. Museum opens 10a daily and closes at various times. See website for details. Free with Museum admission. It’s a Chanukah family experience for children of all ages at the Jewish Children’s Museum! Get into the festive spirit with our fantastic array of workshops, activities, and more! Featuring Beading Studio, Grand Menorah Lighting, Donut Decorating and more!
Mister G at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday December 17th 1130a. $16 General; $13 Jewish Museum Family Members. Includes Museum Admission; admission is free for children 18 and under. For ages 3-8y. Join Latin Grammy winning children’s musician Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) for an interactive and high energy Hanukkah concert with music spanning genres from bluegrass to bossa nova, funk to folk. Hear new twists on holiday songs from his Parents Choice Gold award-winning album, The Mitzvah Bus, along with catchy tunes from his many bilingual albums including Los Animales that will have kids, parents, and grandparents dancing in the aisles.
Brandenburgers Holiday Concert at Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Saturday December 16th 7p (sold out) & Sunday December 17th 2p. Tickets: $10. Children under 16 are free. Purchase tickets here. Our beloved house band, the Brooklyn Brandenburgers, will perform their annual holiday concert featuring music by Georg Philipp Telemann, W. A. Mozart, Gene Glickman, Astor Piazzolla, Arthur Foote, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Unsilent Night New York City in Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village)
Sunday December 17th 6p. Free. Meet at the arch in Washington Square Park at 5:45pm. Composer Phil Kline will lead a massive chorus of boomboxes from the West Village to the East Village in the 26th annual holiday presentation of UNSILENT NIGHT. People gather at the arch in Washington Square Park, and less than an hour and mile later, end up in Tompkins Square Park. Phil Kline will hand out a limited number of vintage boomboxes from his collection—and cassettes and CD’s for those who bring their own. The public is strongly encouraged to bring their own boomboxes or sound-blasters, and to pre-download the track. Find out more about how to participate and download the tracks here.
Lighting at The Largest Menorah in Grand Army Plaza
Daily until Wednesday December 20th at various times. 1st night kickoff concert at 530p & Menorah Lighting at 630p Weekdays 6p Friday December 15th 330p Saturday December 16th 7p Sunday December 17th 5p Every night live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children.
Santa’s Corner in Bryant Park
Saturday December 16th 1-3p and daily until December 23rd. Free. Santa stops by Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for free photo opportunities.
Winter Wonderland 3D Laser Light & Video Show at Coney Island
Saturday-Sunday December 16th-17th showtimes 2p & 4p. Laser Show Tickets $12 per person, per show. Holiday Market & Santa Land are FREE & open to the public. This ain’t your parents laser show…Swim in a sea of color as we transform the air around you into a fully immersive, mind blowing laser light experience. Featuring our uplifting, family friendly HOLIDAY THEMED 3D LASER LIGHT & VIDEO SHOW (showcasing classic & modern Christmas, Hanukkah & Holiday music favorites) Seasonal Holiday FUN for ALL AGES…
Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel! at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Saturday December 16th 11a, 12, 2, 3, 4p & Sunday December 17th 11a & 2p. Free with Museum Admission. For ages 6 and older. You’ll make them out of clay! Learn about Hanukkah and it’s traditions as you design your own spinning top called a “dreidel” while learning the history and rules of the game. *Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.
Charlie Brown Christmas Live at Littlefield (Gowanus) *waitlisted*
Saturday-Sunday December 16th-17th 1p (doors 12n) & 3p (doors 2p). Tickets: $15. A Charlie Brown Christmas! Back by Popular Demand! New Location!
Pig Brooch Theatre Company to perform “The Charlie Brown Christmas” Live at Littlefield NYC! 10th year running! In this extremely faithful presentation of the holiday favorite, Pig Brooch Inc. will perform the Charlie Brown Christmas Special accompanied by a jazz trio playing all of the Vince Guaraldi favorites live! So bundle up, come on over to our house and we’ll take you back to the very first time you heard Linus say “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” The immensely talented performers from this production come from all areas of the New York theatre world: The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera House and more! The Charlie Brown Christmas is a tradition at the Penn State Theatre program that has made a home in Brooklyn! The actors all share a deep love for this holiday favorite and have worked extremely hard to match the exact physicality of the cartoon characters from Charlie Brown Christmas Special. Bring the whole family! Our former home, the Brooklyn Lyceum is gone but we’re very excited for our new home at Littlefield NYC. Spread the word so that we can keep the tradition alive! Purchase Saturday December 16th 1p tickets here & 3p tickets here. Purchase Sunday December 17th 1p tickets here & 3p tickets here.
Opening: Block Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Starting Saturday December 16th and ongoing until June 10th Tuesday-Sunday 10a-5p (open until 6p on Thursdays). Free with Museum admission. BLOCK PARTY brings together the elements of the iconic Brooklyn block party all under one roof, including a series of dimensional stoops set against a backdrop of artistic facades of residential buildings, and different ”street” and green spaces to play games, meet friends, relax, and have fun. Large-scale photographs by Brooklyn-based artist Anderson Zaca, who has long documented block parties in Brooklyn, will be featured and invoke the joy, action, and diversity of block parties celebrated annually across neighborhoods in New York City. Families will be invited to add to the photographs, and record their own images and experiences in the city among those of their neighbors.
Macy’s Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square
Daily at various times until December 24th. Admission is free! Meet Santa now by reservation only. He’s a busy man this time of year, so a reservation is your one way in! Pick a time slot to join the line—you can book from 30 minutes to 5 days in advance. Make a reservation here. Professional photos are available for purchase, but they’re optional. Packages start at $20.99. To see the website for all the information on your Santaland visit.
16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Daily 6a-8p until Sunday February 2nd. Free. The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonderment as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum will continue its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal starting in November and running through the New Year. The theme of the holiday train show changes every year and the event is free and open to the public.
A Christmas Carol the Musical 2017 at The Players Theatre (Greenwich Village)
Thursdays & Fridays 7p, Saturdays 3p & 7p, Sundays 11a & 2p until December 30th. No performances on December 24th and additional weekday performances starting December 20th. See website for schedule. Tickets: $52 for Premium, $42 for Tier 2 & $32 for Tier 3. Nineth Smash Year of this lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn’t change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? Find out by joining us for this special holiday show with a story so warm it will melt the cold heart of even the grumpiest Scrooge! **There is a free family workshop 1 hour prior to the Sunday 11am performances only.
Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Ongoing Thursdays-Sundays until December 23rd. Hours are Thursdays-Fridays 3-11p & Saturdays-Sundays 11a-11p. Single Day Admissions are available for purchase by day for $10.00 per guest. Children under 5 years old are FREE. Winter Wonderland Staten Island is a 70,000-square foot fully immersive holiday experience. Laid out on the field of the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, this event will take guests on a trip to a winter alpine village, featuring all the wonderful holiday themes and feelings that we all know and love. Attractions include ice skating, a 34-vendor holiday market, a nightly light show, Santa’s Workshop, a life sized working Gingerbread House bakery, an Igloo bar featuring holiday cocktails and nightly live entertainment, rides, games, and experiences for guests of all All Rides, Games, & Attractions cost extra. See website for information. Winter Wonderland SI is a 3 minute walk along the promenade from the Staten Island Ferry terminal.
Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Monday November 20th 10a-545p and on display until January 7th (except 11/23 & 12/25). Free with Museum admission. Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than forty years. Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. Feeling crafty? Volunteers from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at the Museum to teach paper folding to visitors of all ages.
Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday-Friday 930a-5p & Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p until January 15, 2018. Free with Museum admission. Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Also check out the website for information on the Gingerbread Workshops happening during the holiday season.
Luminaries at Arts Brookfield (Battery Park City)
Daily 8a-10p until January 5th. Free to attend. Luminaries is a mesmerizing holiday light installation designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group, based on the season’s traditions of sharing, giving, and community. Visitors are immersed in a canopy of glowing lanterns suspended within the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, each changing color and intensity. For every wish sent by the public during the holiday season, Brookfield will donate $1, up to $25,000, to the GRAMMY Museum and its music education programs.
Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Ongoing various days/times until Monday January 15th. See website for ticket prices. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.
Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily until March 4th 8a-10p. Admission free! Skate rental: $20. Rink hours are weather permitting. See the website for all the bag check information. The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities. Many Holiday Shops are open on major holidays so start your shopping early!
The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesdays-Fridays 1030a & 1130a and Saturdays-Sundays 1p until December 30th. See schedule here. Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults. The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. The production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual Christmas Eve holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with sing-a-longs during the performance of holiday favorites the “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Feliz Navidad.”
NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until December 31st. Free with Museum admission. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+. Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!
Pinocchio at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 17th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations). Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.