Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's with our festive family events in Brooklyn!!
Saturday, December 1
MAKE-A-GIFT WORKSHOP AND HOLIDAY SALE: Shop for fine handcrafts from Nepal and Panama at the Weaving hand. Products include: Janakpur Art, Molas, children's looms, baskets, textiles, jewelry, paintings, dolls and other hand-made paper products. You can also attend the Make-A-Gift Workshop. Children and adults can weave presents for their loved ones and friends. Items include pot holders, tapestries and bags. Each participant will be supplied with the materials and an introduction to help them make a handmade design. 10am-5pm. $55 per person (includes materials) . The Weaving Hand, 320 2nd Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues, Park Slope. 718-369-0222. www.weavinghand.com.
Monday, December 3
GEORGE BALANCHINE'S 'THE NUTCRACKER':Kick off the holiday season with the quintessential captivating Yuletide fantasy, eloquently performed by NY City Ballet. Gorgeous costumes and scenery, starring Macaulay Caulkin, and narrated by Kevin Kline. (1993, Rated G, 89 minutes). 4pm. $6.50 person (for all walking humans). BIG Movies for Little Kids, Cobble Hill Cinemas, 265 Court Street. www.bigmoviesforlittlekids.blogspot.com.
Friday , December 14
HOLIDAY HARMONIES CONCERT:The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy will perform their Holiday Harmonies Concert at St.Charles Borromeo Church in Brooklyn Heights. 7:30pm. 718-243-9447. www.brooklynyouthchorus.
MAKE A HOLIDAY GREETING CARD:Create a great, original holiday card. 2pm. For tweens & teens. FREE. Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach Branch, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue. 718-368-1435. www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.
Saturday, December 15
MAKE-A-GIFT WORKSHOP AND HOLIDAY SALE: See December 1.
THE MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS :The Golden Rooster, a Russian children's folk group, presents 'Father Frost', based on a Russian fairy tale. 1pm. FREE. Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Grand Army Plaza. 718-230-2100. www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT:Join a tradition over 100 years in the making! The Christmas Bird Count is a nationwide bird census that helps conservation researchers track the long-term health of bird populations. 8 and 10 am, 12pm and 1pm, 3pm and 4 pm. All ages. FREE. Prospect Park West at Flatbush Avenue. 718-287-3400. www.prospectpark.org.
Tuesday, December 18
THERESA MAZZILLI:Theresa Mazzilli sings holiday songs. All ages. FREE. Brooklyn Public Library, New Utrecht Branch, 1743 86th Street. 718-236-4086. www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.
MAKE A HOLIDAY GREETING CARD:See December 14.
Thursday, December 20
HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS:Get creative with holiday-themed arts and crafts. 3:15pm. FREE. Brooklyn Public Library, Dyker Branch, 8202 13th Avenue. 718-0748-6261. www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.
Saturday, December 22
MAKE-A-GIFT WORKSHOP AND HOLIDAY SALE:See December 1.
HOLIDAYS AT THE AUDUBON CENTER:Teacher/naturalists at the Audubon Center are available each weekend, leading structured, fun, and engaging arts activities for children. Kids create toys, puppets, and more, using all-natural materials. 1pm-3pm. FREE. Prospect Park West at Flatbush Avenue. 718-287-3400. www.prospectpark.org.
Wednesday, December 26
HOLIDAY WORKSHOP WEAVING INTENSIVE:Children will work over the course of three days to create a scarf and a wall tapestry on the floor loom. An overview of techniques and materials will be offered. The workshop takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 10am-12pm. $180 per person (includes materials). The Weaving Hand, 320 2nd Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues, Park Slope. 718-369-0222. www.weavinghand.com.
Monday, December 31
NEW YEAR'S FIREWORKS:Ring in the New Year at Brooklyn's biggest party! Best locations for viewing the fireworks include: anywhere in Grand Army Plaza, inside the Park on the West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. The best places to park are on Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Park West, and nearby side streets. 11pm. www.prospectpark.org.