Brooklyn in December - Annual Calendar

Happy Holidays! Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve

••• Photo by Kathryn Kirk

December in Brooklyn is simply wonderful. Holidays are in the air. Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are special events, with concerts, special markets and sales, public lightings of Hanukkah menorahs and Christmas trees, and fun for the kids. And, of course, New Year's Eve in Brooklyn is great, with fireworks in Prospect Park and parties galore.


The following lists some annual December highlights. **Please note: THIS DECEMBER CALENDAR IS A LISTING OF ANNUAL EVENTS that happen annually in December in Brooklyn. For dates and details on these events, please click on the links below. Also see our current monthly calendar.

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    New Year's Eve rocks in Brooklyn. See the Complete Brooklyn Guide to New Year's Eve. And also New Year's Day in BrooklynHappy New Year!

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    Christmas in Brooklyn

    ••• Photo by Kathryn Kirk

    See the complete Brooklyn Christmas guide.

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    Hanukkah in Brooklyn

    See the complete Brooklyn Hanukkah guide.



    Other December Events in Brooklyn

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    The Amazing Brooklyn Race Holiday Edition

    Combine a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, and a fun afternoon in Brooklyn, and you've got the Amazing Brooklyn Race. This twice-a year Brooklyn event is fun for teenagers, older kids and adults. Make a team, get some clues, and run around different neighborhoods snapping photos to show you got the clue — and then regroup after an invigorating, amusing afternoon. Also in May.
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    BAM has carved out a reputation and a niche for itself in the competitive world of New York City cultural performing arts spaces. Don't miss a production here, both for the show itself and the crowd watching. Usually the American Ballet Theater stages a classic production of The Nutcracker during December.
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    A classic Brooklyn venue, Brooklyn Brewery just about reintroduced small batch beer into the borough that was once known as a brewery manufacturing center. Take a tour, see how the brew is made, and have a beer.
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    You can't beat the Brooklyn Historical Society's interesting, interdisciplinary programs, including film, music, lectures, and of course exhibits. Top notch.
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    Need to learn how to make a special pie, bread or carve meat for the holidays? Check out the array of classes here.
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    Brooklyn's Annual Latke Festival and Cook Off

    Buy a ticket to latke heaven: a one day food festival where some of New York's best chefs present their variation on the theme of a potato pancake. Eat, drink, and judge the latkes. Open to all.
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    The gem of Brooklyn's cultural events, the First Saturday multi-media events draw crowds as large as ten thousand people. There's food, music, dance, art, lectures, movies, crafts and more. It's free.
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    One of many local reading series, this monthly event is held in the historic Old Stone House in Park Slope.
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    Brooklyn Youth Chorus Holiday Performances

    Don't miss a performance of this multi-racial, multi-ethnic youth chorus, homegrown here in Brooklyn but acclaimed nationally.
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    Quintessentially Brooklyn, Brooklyn Flea isn't just a flea market. It's a curated flea market — with gourmet food.
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    DUMBO, under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, is home to many artists studios. Join the free open studio event the first Thursday of December.
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    Holiday Candlelight Tours at the Wyckoff House Museum

    Brooklyn parks offer great winter break programming for kids, including this rare opportunity to see the old Wyckoff House, a historic monument, by candlelight.
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    Holiday Music Concerts

    The Brooklyn Philharmonic, acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and of course the Brooklyn Academy of Music all offer holiday performances.
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    Brooklyn celebrates Kwanzaa, big time. Check the current calendar listings to find out what's going on, including educational events, shows, and concerts.
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    Check out the Santa Parade in Greenpoint, and the A Red Hook Holidayin, well, Red Hook.

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    A small and relatively young indie film festival, this event runs for one day in December and is dedicated to perspectives on Brooklyn.
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    The Nutcracker

    See Brooklyn productions of the holiday classic ballet, The Nutcracker.
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    Participating in the annual winter coat drive is a popular way to help the needy during Christmas.
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    What fun for the kids, to see how life was lived differently on a historic farm in old Brooklyn.
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    Amidst the festivities of the month, there's also need. December 1 is World AIDS Day, observed in Brooklyn. Housing Works, a local thrift shop, is one of the places you can buy Christmas gifts and Hanukah presents, while also helping to fund programs for AIDS survivors. (See HousingWorks AIDS memorial video