From building gingerbread houses to trying not to shoot your eye out, from making music on bikes to dancing with the Titanic, there are a lot of great events in the are this weekend — and since the weather looks like it will be unseasonably warm, get out there and enjoy some of them!
A Christmas Story
Where: BAM Rose Cinemas, 651 Fulton Street
When: Saturday, December 21, 11am
What: Share this perennial holiday favorite with the next generation of movie fans (just note that it’s rated PG).
How much: $9 general admission, $8 cinema club members, $7 children 12 and under
Presents To The Animals
When: Saturday, December 21 & Sunday, December 22, 11am & 3;30pm
Where: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Avenue
What: We can’t think of anything more adorable and in the holiday spirit than watching animals at the Prospect Park Zoo open presents! Stop by on either/both days to watch meerkats tear open gifts at 11am, and to watch mongooses try to adorably navigate the wrapping paper at 3:30pm.
How much: Adults $8, children (3–12) $5, seniors (65+) $6, children under 3 free
When: Saturday, December 21
Where: Two locations
What: The free Downtown Brooklyn Holiday Trolley will whisk families around to six different spots, with a stop in our area at Flatbush Ave and 4th Ave, with Santa along for the ride, from 12-6pm. Because he’s magic, he’ll also be at Du Jour Bakery (365 5th Avenue) for those last minute holiday wishes from 3:30-5pm, thanks to the 5th Avenue BID.
How much: Free!
Make Music Winter: Blink
When: Saturday, December 20, 4:30pm
Where: Meet at Grand Army Plaza
What: Grab your bike and join a musical parade as it rolls through Prospect Park, following a score transmitted from the lead bike via a special helmet pre-programmed with lights that cue bicycle bells of different pitches.
How much: Free!
A Christmas Carol
When: Saturday, December 21 & Sunday, December 22, 8pm
Where: Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue
What: Get over the desire to say “bah humbug” by watching the classic 1951 film based on the beloved Charles Dickens tale.
How much: $5
Party Like It’s 1999: Titanic December Edition
When: Saturday, December 21, 10pm
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street
What: They promise to celebrate the film, which came out on December 21, 1997, at this dance party, but swear they won’t play that Celine Dion song.
How much: Free!
Gingerbread Making Party
When: Sunday, December 22, 10am, 12pm & 2pm
Where: Hootenanny Art House, 426 15th Street
What: Possibly the most delicious event of the year, as The Farm on Adderley presents its third annual gingerbread house making parties. Kids of all ages are invited to build a pre-fab, all-natural gingerbread house and make it fancy with all kinds of good-for-you treats (no corn-syrup or artificially colored candy, only dried fruit and natural candy).
How much: $30 per house. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-369-0528.
Creaghead & Company
When: Sunday, December 21, 8pm (doors 7:30pm)
Where: Union Hall, 702 Union Street
What: We have Caroline Creaghead to thank for some of the best Park Slope comedy. She’s helped create some truly hilarious shows working as a talent booker for Pretty Good Friends and producer of The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and recently she’s taken over weekly Sunday comedy shows at here with her own endeavor, featuring a variety of terrific special guests.
How much: $7 at the door
Photo by Park Slope 5th Avenue BID