The leaves are turning and the temperature is dropping in Brooklyn… winter is just around the corner. The cold weather, however, doesn’t mean you should spend the next four months in your apartment. These six winter events will put you in the holiday spirit, get you in shape, and inspire some fun holiday gift-giving.

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights – November -January 
Arguably one of the most famous Christmastime events in all of Brooklyn, the Dyker Heights Lights are a must-see each winter. From Thanksgiving through the new year, Dyker Heights residents deck out their homes (many of them mansions) in extravagant Christmas displays. The best displays are from 83rd Street to 86th Street between 11th and 13th avenues, although you’ll spot sparkling lights throughout the entire neighborhood. And if you visit close to Christmas, there’s a good chance you’ll see Santa.

Dyker Heights Lights photo via Facebook.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets | via Facebook

BAM Next Wave Festival – now through December 18
BAM’s Next Wave Festival is a Brooklyn highlight every year. This year, there is a massive selection of music, theater, film, dance, and discussion. Tickets are on sale now and you shouldn’t wait to catch a performance — Next Wave Festival events tend to sell out quickly.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar, 2013 | via Brooklyn Makers

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar – November 26 & 27
Looking for unique, local gifts to give this holiday season? Then look no further than the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar, taking place on Sunday, December 14 in Gowanus. The event features more than 35 handpicked vendors, with cocktails, food, a free gift wrap station, and a live DJ set. Vendors will be selling clothing, jewelry, home and bath goods, watches, and specialty food.

The largest Menorah at Grand Army Plaza | via Chabad Park Slope

World’s Largest Menorah at Grand Army Plaza – December 2016
Every year since 1985, the Chabad of Park Slope erects a 32-foot-tall menorah over Grand Army Plaza to celebrate Hanukah. People of all faiths are invited to join the celebration, which includes live music, hot latkes, and gifts for children on each of the seven nights. This year, Hanukah takes place December 16–23 — be sure to check the event schedule to plan your visit.

Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival, 2012 | Errol Anderson via Facebook

Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival – December 11
The Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival, taking place at the Barclays Center on December 11, pits four college basketball teams against one another. This year’s festival includes St. John’s, LIU-Brooklyn, Hofstra, and Kentucky. Your ticket to the event will allow you to see both games, which take place at noon and 3 p.m.

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