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BKR’S Very Merry Weekend Event Picks: 12/23–12/25

Caroling in Bed-Stuy, ice skating in Sunset Park, a House of Yes Christmas, ornament making in Fort Greene, the last night of Hanukkah at Grand Army Plaza and more Brooklyn events.
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Happy holidays, Brooklyn! It's officially the most wonderful time of the year in the borough and we have all the ways to celebrate on our events calendar.

Because it’s the holidays and you’re special, BK Reader has pulled together our calendar picks of the hottest events in Brooklyn to keep you entertained.

Whether you're grabbing last-minute gifts or looking for a holly jolly time with friends and family, there is something for everyone. Go here to check out the calendar and choose for yourself!! And oh yeah, feel free to upload your events here too!



WHAT:  Brooklyn Pop-Up Williamsburg Holiday Bazaar

WHEN: Dec. 23-Dec. 24, 11:00am-3:00pm

WHERE: 135 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY


Shop for your loved ones locally at Brooklyn Pop-Up Williamsburg Holiday Bazaar! The market sports more than 35 local artisans with goods spanning fashion, health and beauty, homewares, kids, food and more.

The event is hosted by Brooklyn Pop-Up, an organization that produces curated storefronts and outdoor retail events with a revolving group of artisans with an emphasis on shopping local and sustainable design.

WHAT: Bed-Stuy Gateway BID Winter Wonderland: Caroling in the Plaza

WHEN: Dec. 23, 4:00pm-8:00pm

WHERE: Marcy Avenue between Fulton Street and MacDonough Street, Brooklyn, NY


Join Bed-Stuy Gateway BID Winter Wonderland presented by Wells Fargo as it continues to spread Christmas joy with Caroling in the Plaza. The festive outdoor holiday experience comes to an end with a special holiday performance featuring Emmanuel Baptist Church.

WHAT: DIRTY XMAS: A House of Yes Xmas Spectacular

WHEN: Dec. 23, 6:30pm-9:30pm

WHERE: House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, NY

PRICE: $40.69

It’s the most wonderful show of the year! Whether you’ve been naughty, nice or nasty, come celebrate this time-honored theatrical tradition of miracles, magic and mayhem as House of Yes in Bushwick gives you the gift that keeps on giving: Aerial artistry, dashing dance numbers, delirious drag acts and way too many flavors of Christmas than is truly necessary. These extravagant spectacles of irreverently festive nonsense will have you loving the holidays like never before.


WHAT: Holiday Origami Ornament Making

WHEN: Dec. 24, , 11:00am

WHERE: Fort Greene Park, Dekalb Avenue and S. Portland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY


Join the Urban Park Rangers in folding various paper evergreen trees and animal-themed tree ornaments! Suitable for families, the rangers will lead participants in all the steps. Colorful and festive paper is provided.

WHAT: Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

WHEN: Dec. 24, 9:00pm-2:00am

WHERE: 370 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, NY


Bed-Vyne Brew, a favorite Bed-Stuy craft wine and beer bar on Tompkins Avenue, is throwing an Ugly Sweater Christmas Eve party complete with live DJs Rhonda Box and Dras DJ. The two best ugly Christmas sweaters will win a gift bag from Bed-Vyne.

WHAT: Santa Con at Schimmi

WHEN: Dec. 24, 10:00pm-4:00am

WHERE: 54 North 11th St., Brooklyn, NY

PRICE: Free with RSVP

 Celebrate Christmas Eve at Bar Schimmi in Williamsburg the right way: Dressed up as Santa Claus. Bring your Santa hats, beards and stockings and fill them up with champagne! In addition to the full bar, there will be special holiday treats by Baked Elephant Co. DJs Spindoll, Auxtail, Enophoria and NYO will be playing hip hop, dancehall, reggae, Afrobeats and R&B all night.


WHAT: Industry City Ice Rink

WHEN: Dec. 25, 10:00am-8:00pm

WHERE: Industry City Courtyard 5/6,51 35th St., Brooklyn, NY

PRICE: $10-$25

The Industry City Ice Skating Rink is an outdoor, uncovered rink complete with a nearby outdoor bar serving hot cocoa and snacks, making it the perfect place to celebrate the holidays this year. The ice rink will be immersed in holiday décor as well as Industry City’s encompassing outdoor heating system around campus.

WHAT: I Wanna Dance with Somebody Movie at BAM

WHEN: Dec. 25, showings at 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7:45pm.

WHERE: 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY

PRICE: $16

"I Wanna Dance with Somebody" is a powerful and triumphant celebration of the incomparable Whitney Houston. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, written by Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten, produced by legendary music executive Clive Davis, and starring BAFTA Award winner Naomi Ackie, the film offers an emotional portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice.

This inspirational, poignant journey through Houston’s trailblazing life and career — from New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time — includes show-stopping performances and a soundtrack of the icon’s most beloved hits.

WHAT: Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting

WHEN: Dec. 25,  5:00pm-6:00pm

WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY


Celebrate the eighth and final night of Hanukkah with all of Brooklyn at Grand Army Plaza. The Largest Menorah in Brooklyn has been towering over New York since 1985 and is a must on everyone's calendar, Jews and non-Jews alike. Every night of Chanukah, thousands celebrate with the accompaniment of live music and hot latkes for all.

Special gifts are distributed to every child. With the assistance of a 60-foot boom lift, Rabbi Shimon Hecht, accompanied by community leaders, philanthropists and special guests light this humongous Menorah.

Photo: RJA1988/Pixabay.