The start of the holiday season is officially upon us and what better place to celebrate than Brooklyn. Show your neighborhood pride and explore the best the borough has to offer in the arts, entertainment and shopping this winter.
1. Borough Hall Menorah Lighting
Celebrate the start of Hanukkah at a ceremony with Borough President Marty Markowitz and Rabbi Aaron Raskin. December 2, 5:30pm at Columbus Park (209 Joralemon Street).
2.Brooklyn Ballet’s Hip Hop Nutcracker
Catch a hip-hop rendition of the Nutcracker at a special tree lighting party. December 2, 6:00pm at the Belarusian Church (401 Atlantic). Want to star in your own Nutcracker? Take a holiday dance class at the Ballet’s new space at the Schermerhorn.
3. Borough Hall Tree Lighting
Skip the crowds at Rockefeller Center and head to Borough Hall’s annual tree lighting. Entertainment, refreshments and visit from Santa for the kids. Dec. 7, 5:30pm at Borough Hall Plaza (209 Joralemon Street).
4. MoCADA Holiday Bazaar
Learn about contemporary African Diaspora arts while doing your holiday shopping at the museum’s bazaar. December 18 &19, 11:00am -7:00pm at Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (80 Hanson Place).
5. The Hard Nut at BAM
The Mark Morris Dance Group presents Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with a mod 70s twist. Music by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the MMDG Music Ensemble. Through December 19 at BAM’s Howard Gillman Opera House.
6. Amazing Brooklyn Holiday Race
The Brooklyn-themed scavenger hunt/obstacle course organized by Pogo events is a great alternative or addition to a holiday party. December 20, 12:30pm-4:00pm.
7. The Gift of Kwanzaa
A Community Works performance that celebrates the origin, values and rituals behind Kwanzaa. December 20, 10:15am and 12:15pm at Long Island University’s Kumble Theater (1 University Plz).
8. Sahadi’s Holiday Pop-up Shop
Tis the season to indulge in gourmet treats with the help of this neighborhood favorite. Pre-made and custom made gift baskets filled with Mediterranean delights are sure to delight the foodies on your list. Through January at 191 Atlantic.
9. Urban Glass
Shop for creative holiday gifts and ornaments created by talented Brooklyn glass artists. Call ahead for tours and demonstrations. Ongoing, Tuesday-Friday 10am -6pm and weekends 10:00am-5:00pm at 647 Fulton St.
10. TKTS Downtown Brooklyn
Enjoy theater in Brooklyn and Manhattan this holiday season with discounted tickets from the TKTS. Who needs the hassle of buying tickets in Times Square when there’s a Downtown Brooklyn Branch. On-going, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm at 1 Metrotech Plz.