How to Celebrate Christmas in Brooklyn

Brooklyn at Christmas
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Have fun in Brooklyn this Christmas. You can see huge Christmas trees, catch a performance of a holiday classic, and shop for gifts your loved ones won't see in the malls. Relax in Brooklyn's less congested, more human-paced environment during this busy holiday season. Here are some nice events to consider this Christmas season.

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    Dyker Heights, Brooklyn Christmas Lights
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    Don't miss this over-the-top neighborhood display of Christmas lights in the tiny, close-knit Italian neighborhood of Dyker Heights. It's a Brooklyn classic.

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    Brooklyn Flea
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    You can skip the big department stores, and shop locally in Brooklyn holiday markets. There's quite a variety. In Prospect Heights and Park Slope local merchants have a special weekend or evening promotion during which mom-and-pop stores offer customers free wine or cookies, discounts on merchandise, and special bargains. You can get fabulous imported Scandinavian goods at a two-weekend market in Bay Ridge. Or, explore a few different vintage markets; the best known is Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene. There are artists all over Brooklyn, and many sell their wares at Christmas markets throughout December. You can find affordable gifts that are not mass-produced, not made in China, and not likely to be something you'll ever see in a mall.

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    Christmas for Kids in Brooklyn

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    Christmas is a magical time for kids. Take them to child friendly holiday fairs at Brooklyn schools, a sing-along or a low-key, fun Christmas show or puppet show right here in Brooklyn. Or, head to Prospect Park for a variety of free programs.

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    Great Christmas Shows in Brooklyn: Barclays and Others

    Barclays Center, Winter
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    From the mega-venue the Barclays Center to a little local puppet show, you can find really interesting holiday entertainment in Brooklyn. Get the schedule of Christmas shows in Brooklyn this year.