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Brooklyn Holiday Guide

Everything You Need for the Holiday Season in Brooklyn


The Holiday Season can set everyone into a tizzy. Suddenly it's November, then Thanksgiving, and before you know it, it's December 23rd and you haven't bought presents for anyone on your list. Don't let that happen this year! Here's a list of ideas about where to shop, what gifts to buy, where to eat, and where to drink in Brooklyn over the next few weeks. No thinking involved - just click, and go!

1. Brooklyn Holiday Events & Activities

For some, Christmas brings a blessed amount of time off from work to spend time with our loved ones and friends. But what is there to do with all this free time? If you are more ambitious than staying in and baking cookies while wearing a snuggie, here are some holiday events and activities to keep you occupied this year.

2. New Year's Eve Activities and Events

New Year's Eve is one of the busiest social nights of the year. Make sure you're getting the most out of your evening - whether you spend it at a party, a bar, a restaurant, a show, or with your kids - here are some great ideas for how to bring in 2011.

3. Best Brooklyn Wine Shops

With all these holiday parties, you're going to need some kind of offering to bring to your host(ess). Why not a bottle of wine? There are plenty of wine shops all over Brooklyn, but these six are neighborhood favorites.

4. Brooklyn Holiday Detox

When Santa has cleared out and the ball has dropped on 2010, it's time for some serious R&R. Here you'll find a list of places in Brooklyn that cater to your relaxation and detox needs with yoga, spa treatments, and work-outs. Start 2011 off on a healthy, energetic foot.

5. Where to See Santa in Brooklyn

If the idea of surviving a trip to Manhattan the next few weekends stresses you out, have no fear. There are a few shopping malls and other locations where Santa will pop up in Brooklyn to hear your list and pose for photos. 

6. Coffee Shops to Stay Warm

Freezing temperatures call for coffee and hot chocolate. These seven independent coffee shops offer up free-trade, organic coffee and tea, complete with treats and options for vegetarians and vegans. 

7. Best Brooklyn Holiday Shops

Thistle & Clover

These unique boutiques are sure to offer great gift ideas for those on your list - from jewlery by local artists, homegoods, gardening accessories, books, and gag gifts, you won't leave these stores empty-handed.

8. Holiday Gift Ideas for Brooklyn Foodies

Stumped on what to get your foodie friend? Look no further than this list which complies ideas from cooking classes, to cheese courses, to actual wine-making. Any of these presents are sure to impress your culinarily-inclined recipient.

9. Hanukkah Events in Brooklyn

Don't let Christmas steal the spotlight this Holiday season. The largest Menorah lighting happens right here in Brooklyn at Grand Army Plaza, and the Sephardic Music Festival, amongst other Hanukkah events prove there's just as much reason to celebrate The Festival of Lights.

10. Best Fall & Winter Bars

You're going to need a drink with all this planning and cardio-shopping. Here's a list of relaxing bars that offer up seasonal cocktails and autumnal brews to ease the Holiday-induced panic attack.

11. Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Dinners in Williamsburg


Sometimes you just don't feel like cooking. Thankfully, there are several restaurants in the Williamsburg area offering elegant prix-fixe menus on Thanksgiving Day so you can sit back, relax, and pay someone to stuff you with Turkey and Pumpkin Pie.

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