Best Things to do in Brooklyn for the Holidays

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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 some of the Best Things to do in Brooklyn for the Holidays!

What To Do in Brooklyn this Holiday Season

Stroll Around Dyker Heights

Christmas Activities
See the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights!

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 Bar

Christmas Brooklyn Cocktail
Try a Holiday Cocktail!

Every winter, the iconic Williamsburg bar/restaurant Sunday In Brooklyn transforms into a Winter Wonderland Pop-Up Bar. Renamed Snowday In Brooklyn, visit this redecorated bar complete with festive decor, a cozy fire-place and tons of delicious cocktails. You can also visit The Springs (another cute bar in Brooklyn) which turns into a Winter Wonderland during the winter. Another fun option is Miracle On Union which will open at Thief Bar in Williamsburg on November 23rd! 

Ice Skate in Prospect Park or Industry City

Ice Skating is one of the best things to do in Brooklyn for the holidays! What would winter 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. 

There is also a new Ice Skating rink in Industry City! You can go skating and then do some holiday shopping at their retail stores. Industry City is an exciting development in Brooklyn that is behind some interesting events, trendy storefronts and new experiences. 

Shop at a Holiday Market

Christmas Market Brooklyn
Go Shopping at the Holiday Markets

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. 

Winter Holiday Activity
Bumber Cars On Ice! What?

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. The Polar Plunge is an iconic New York tradition and one of the best things to do in Brooklyn for the Holidays!

Roller Skate at the Dreamland Roller Disco

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

Go to a Brooklyn Nets Game!

With the Nets now based in Brooklyn, there’s no better time to catch a basketball game at Barclays Center. A Basketball game is always exciting and 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.

The Winter JazzFest Is Back for this Holiday Season!

After a successful Jazz Festival in January of 2020, the Winter JazzFest is returning for a series of performances in January 2022. Hosted in a number of venues across Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, be sure to catch some of the best musicians around performing live! Check out their website here for more information. 

Walk Across The Brooklyn Bridge This Winter

People think that walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a summer activity! However, grab some hot chocolate and enjoy a holiday walk over the bridge. Depending on which side you embark on, you can grab some hot chocolate at Time Out Market either at the start or end of your walk!

Winter is fun in Brooklyn!

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.

If you are planning a move to Brooklyn this holiday season, don’t wait! Reach out to local movers in your area and request a free quote. The holiday season is a great time to move to NYC. 

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