11 of the Best Things to do in Brooklyn for the Holidays

Best places to live in - November 12, 2019

Winter is approaching us, which means that it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! From the iconic scenes of Miracle on 34th Street to Home Alone, New York City has been a memorable destination for the holidays. Though it may be tempting to visit the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting and go window shopping down 5th Avenue, why don’t you skip the crowds and try doing something new? Here are 11 of the Best Things to do in Brooklyn for the Holidays!

11 of the Best Things to do in Brooklyn for the Holidays

Stroll Around Dyker Heights

The most iconic holiday destination in Brooklyn is completely free to visit. Starting the week after Thanksgiving, Dyker Heights’ residents begin decorating their homes with some of the brightest and festive holiday decor. From 83rd to 86th Street and between 11th and 13th Avenue, you can walk around the fairytale houses of these Christmas enthusiasts. Bring a thermos filled with your favorite warm beverage to keep warm!

Check Out Brooklyn’s Coolest Holiday Pop-Up BarChristmas Brooklyn Cocktail

This year, the iconic Williamsburg’ bar/restaurant Sunday In Brooklyn will be transforming into a Winter Wonderland Pop-Up Bar. Starting November 25th, Snowday In Brooklyn will be up and running, complete with festive decor, a cozy fire-place and tons of delicious cocktails. 

Ice Skate in Prospect Park

What would the holiday season be without a trip to the Ice Skating rink? Instead of going to Rockefeller Center, try heading to the LeFrak Center at Prospect Park. Entry for adults is $7.50 on weekdays and $11 on weekends.

Shop at a Holiday Market

Christmas Market Brooklyn

It’s true that Union Square has a great holiday market, but why not visit an alternative? Check out Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg to browse holiday gifts like hand-crafted jewelry and scarves. If you get hungry while shopping, they also have a ton of great food stalls to choose from.

Brooklyn Flea: 241 37th StBrooklynNY, 11232. Weekends 10am-6pm.

Another great holiday market is the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar, which is held on Sundays in December. There you can find music, and holiday programming for kids, as well as unique handicrafts and vintage accessories.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar: 452 Union StBrooklynNY 11231. Sundays in December

Go Sledding in Prospect Park

Long Meadow is one of the most beautiful place in Prospect Park, especially when its covered with a sheet of fresh show. Bring your sled and take your kids for a ride down the rolling hills.

Bumper Cars on Ice At Aviator Sports

This year, head to Aviator Sports, a giant sports complex (think Chelsea Piers) at the edge of Brooklyn. Starting this winter, you’ll be able to try a new attraction — Bumper Cars on Ice. If you decide that this activity isn’t for you, Aviator Sports also has traditional Ice Skating, Rock Climbing, Basketball and a giant Arcade. 

Take Part in The Prospect Park Turkey Trot

Every year, Prospect Park hosts an annual 5 mile race on Thanksgiving to get your body moving before you indulge in a Turkey feast. The race begins at 9am and goes along the big loop in the park.

Do The Polar Plunge in Coney Island!

For over 100 years, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club has been jumping into the ocean on New Years Day. Whether you take part or simply watch from afar, you’ll be sure to have a memorable New Years experience. 

Roller Skate at the Dreamland Roller Disco

If you don’t want to be outside this winter, visit Industry City for the Dreamland Roller Disco. An indoor Roller Rink that hosts weekly themed discos like Lady Gaga vs. Madonna or 90s Hip-Hop.

Go to a Nets Game!

With all-star Kyrie Irving now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, there’s no better time to catch a basketball game at Barclays Center.

The Nets know how to get into the holiday spirit. On Hanukkah, they even have a Menorah lighting as part of their half-time show.

Jazz out at Winter Jazzfest

This upcoming January 2020, check out the Winter Jazz Fest, a 10 day long Jazz Festival being held in New York City. Though some of the venues are in Downtown Manhattan, most of their shows are being held in Brooklyn. Find out more on their website.

After you’re done checking out the best things to do in Brooklyn for the holidays and want to grab a bite, head to one of our favorite restaurants in Brooklyn.


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