Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: December 18th-21st
Hi everyone! This is such a busy and fun time of the year with lots of holiday events and only five more days of school for NYC public schools until the break!
This week head out and enjoy Stomp, Clap & Sing with Mil’s Trills at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Make Music Winter: Flatfoot Flatbush | Megan Downes, Nick Horner & the Flatfoot Flatbush Band, Chanukah Family Festival at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Fire and Ice: Chanuka Celebration at Jane’s Carousel, The Gingerbread Man at the Columbus NY Public Library, Lighting at The Largest Menorah in Grand Army Plaza, A Christmas Carol at the Queens Theatre, Solstice Stories at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library, Hoppy Holidays with Hopalong Andrew! at The Little People Party, Stomp Clap & Sing with Meredith Levande at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library and Family Movie Night: Elf at Jamaica Bay Brooklyn Public Library.
Also check out the long running events like Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater, Luminaries at Arts Brookfield, A Christmas Carol the Musical at The Players Theatre, 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden, ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk at Abrons Arts Center, Winter Weekdays: Free! at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NY Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Bus Rides, the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History and The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Have a wonderful week!
~Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Monday December 18th
Chanukah Family Festival at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Monday-Wednesday December 18th-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!
Hoppy Holidays with Hopalong Andrew! at The Little People Party (Williamsburg)
Monday December 18th 1030-1115a. $20 per child, $10 per sibling, includes All Day Pass for Open Play at The Little People Party. ‘Tis the season for giving! As a special gift to our Little People, we invite you to join us to sing holiday songs with the Urban Cowboy himself, Hopalong Andrew on Monday, December 4 and Monday, December 18 at 10:30AM. Doors open at 10:00AM, please do not arrive before. Limited stroller parking. Usual pricing applies and ticket includes All Day pass plus the performance. Big people FREE! LPP membership and KidPass accepted. Happy holidays to you all, we appreciate you and your family. Please note this is a special performance, NOT a weekly residency.
Stomp Clap & Sing with Meredith Levande at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library
Monday December 18th 1115a-12n. Free. Get ready to play air guitar, jump high, go innie and outie, count the odds, pop the bubbles, stroll in the garden and do the “macaroni” with Monkey Monkey Music. Come early to get a seat!
Tuesday December 19th
Stomp, Clap & Sing with Mil’s Trills at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday December 19th 11a. Free. Location: Dweck Center. Amelia Robinson invites families to celebrate the community through original tunes and a cast of musical guests. A highly interactive experience, audiences are encouraged to be part of the show and discover a world of instruments.
The Gingerbread Man at the Columbus NYPL (Hells Kitchen)
Tuesday December 19th 330p. Free. Best for ages 2 to 6 years old with parent/caregiver. “Run, run, as fast as you can – you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man!” The classic story of a little running cookie – with a holiday twist. Sing along as the Gingerbread Man outwits and outruns various hungry animals – and figure out what he really wants for Christmas. Puppet show in a traditional puppet booth, 35-40 minutes long. We encourage the audience to sing along with several non-religious holiday songs. Presented by WonderSpark Puppets.
Fire and Ice at Jane’s Carousel: Chanuka Celebration (DUMBO)
Tuesday December 19th 430-730p. Free. Please RSVP to email@example.com and contact us if you have any questions. Fire and Ice at Jane’s Carousel! Celebrate the last night of Chanukah with Chabad of Dumbo the Dumbo Gan and Friends at Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park Join us for a spectacular evening of Chanukah fun! Free Carousel rides! -Face painting -Chanukah Arts and Crafts -Delicious Holiday Fare -Ice Menorah. Watch as the Ice menorah is sculpted by the Artists from Dumbo’s very own Ice Fantasies. Join us as we light the communal Menorah on the last night of Chanukah.
Wednesday December 20th
A Christmas Carol the Musical 2017 at The Players Theatre (Greenwich Village)
Wednesday December 20th 3p, Thursday December 21st 7p, Friday-Saturday December 22nd-23rd 3p & 7p and additional performances December 27th-30th. 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!
Family Movie Night: Elf at Jamaica Bay Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday December 20th 5-7p. Free. Jamaica Bay Library Friends Group Presents: Family Movie Night! We will be showing the classic holiday movie “Elf” to celebrate the season. Light refreshments will be served. All Ages Welcome!
A Christmas Carol at the Queens Theatre
Wednesday Decenber 20th 730p. Tickets: $18. The Tradition Continues! Titan Theatre Company’s award winning take on Dickens’ timeless tale returns to Queens Theatre this December. This moving and musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol has been lauded as “a Dickens delight!, ” “gorgeous” and a “joyous rendition!” Whether you’re taking in the story of Scrooge for the rst time or you are continuing the tradition, don’t miss your chance to come face to face with the “holiday spirit”. Note: Thursday-Friday December 21-22nd 730p shows are sold out.
Thursday December 21st
Solstice Stories at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday December 21st 4-5p. Free. On the longest night of the year, we gather together to celebrate the light. Through stories, crafts, and songs, we’ll explore the many ways that we mark the long darkness and bring back the light. This is a program for family and friends, adults are expected to attend with young children.
Make Music Winter: Flatfoot Flatbush | Megan Downes, Nick Horner & the Flatfoot Flatbush Band (Prospect Heights)
Thursday December 21st 430p. Free. The band is warming up at 354 Flatbush and the parade sets off at 4:32 pm (sunset) and will make its way north along Flatbush Avenue. Dancers, fiddlers and pickers will parade down Flatbush Avenue playing old-time tunes while flat footing, a form of percussive dancing from Appalachia. Participants will learn the fundamental steps of this rhythmic dance form and have a chance to practice with the Flatfoot Flatbush String Band! Led by members of the City Stompers and the organizers of the annual Make Music New York Porch Stomp festival, the third annual Flatfoot Flatbush traverses Prospect Heights, Brooklyn along vibrant Flatbush Avenue, with dozens of stops along the way to play, dance and sing. The fun continues at an after-party at Morgan’s BBQ featuring music and dance sets by the Wild Goats and the Flatfoot Flatbush Band.
Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater
Thursday December 21st 7p and also Friday-Saturday December 22nd & 23rd 2p & 7p and Wednesday-Saturday December 27th-30th 2p & 7p. For ages 6+. Tickets start at $20. Performance facts: 1 hour and 45 minutes including one intermission. Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this show is so delightful! Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. With new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience—BELIEVE IN MAGIC will convert the most cynical of skeptics in this mind-blowing marvel. And when Jason magically makes it snow, you’ll leave thinking, what a show, what a show, what a show!
Santa’s Corner in Bryant Park
Daily 1-3p until December 23rd. Free. Santa stops by Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for free photo opportunities.
Lighting at The Largest Menorah in Grand Army Plaza
Monday-Wednesday December 18th-20th 6p. Free. Every night live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children.
NY Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Bus Rides (Midtown)
Mondays-Fridays 9a-5p until December 22nd. $2.75. Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of buses. This holiday season, we continue the tradition of placing a selection of our vintage buses from decades past in regular service. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe! Selections from the Museum’s vintage fleet of buses in service on the M42 route (42nd Street).
Block Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
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.
ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk [World Premiere] at Abrons Arts Center (Lower East Side)
Wednesday-Friday December 20th-22nd 730p and Saturday December 23rd 2p & 730p. Tickets: $25 general admission. This show is appropriate for ages 5 and up! This holiday season is the time to experience a radical, joyful, uproarious family extravaganza promoting equality in all forms, featuring a spectacular cast of 20 talented Lower East Siders. Written by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and directed by feminist art star Julie Atlas Muz, Jack & the Beanstalk brings tap-dancing animals, puppets, pie fights, pop music, cross-dressing characters and the most glittery of sets to the Lower East Side. This riotous all-ages morality tale brings together the whole family. Now more than ever, New York City needs family theater that is inherently irreverent and lightly political—with good eventually triumphing over evil. Get ready to cheer the heroes, boo the villains and look out behind you!
Winter Weekdays: Free! at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesday-Friday 10a-430p December-February. Free! Admission charged all day Saturday & Sunday. Closed Mondays (but open Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day). Last admission into the Garden is 30 minutes before closing time.
Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Daily 10a-545p until January 7th (except 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.
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.
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.
Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday-Friday 930a-5p & Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p until January 15, 2018 (except 12/25). 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 and daily 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.
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.
The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Monday-Friday December 18th-22nd 1030a & 1130a and Saturday December 23rd 1& 3p. Additional performances December 26th-30th at various times. 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.”
Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily 8a-10p until March 4th. 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!
Playtime at Fairytale Island (Bay Ridge)
Monday-Sunday 10a-8p. $18/child. Group discount (3 or more kids): $15. Come away with your children for a moment in a place where memories are made and time stand still!
The Little People Party at The Backyard (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 10a-5p. All day pass $20, monthly membership $125 and 10 pack of all day passes $150. Recommended for ages 6m-3y. Open Play! Toys, music, fun & a really big space!
Drop in Play at SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (DUMBO)
Wednesdays 1-5p, Thursday 1-6p (admission is free Thursdays) and Fridays-Sunday 1-5p. $15/child. (BCM Passport Members enjoy free admission). Each day at SPARK, kids can: BUILD IT! Design your own structures in our popular exhibit Brooklyn Block Lab. MAKE IT! Creativity abounds in our art activities that change each week. TOUCH IT! Get cozy in our Discovery Den featuring soft play and reading space, and a series of discovery drawers that hold treasures from our collection as well as tactile materials for little hands to explore.
Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p. Free. The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours three afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!
To see all the events click here for the calendar!