December in Brooklyn is simply wonderful. Holidays are in the air. Christmas
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.
And, for travelers:
Photo by Kathryn Kirk
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.
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
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.
You can't beat the Brooklyn Historical Society's interesting, interdisciplinary programs, including film, music, lectures, and of course exhibits. Top notch.
Need to learn how to make a special pie, bread or carve meat for the holidays? Check out the array of classes here.
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.
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.