Weekend Events — Caroling, St. Finbar’s Tree Lighting, Holiday Art Fair, And Santa Photoshoots

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Have a great weekend and take advantage of all your neighborhood has to offer at one of these local events. If you have an event to share, please email us at [email protected] or post it on our our calendar.

Are you burrowing inside your apartment against the frigid weather? We don’t blame you. With the holiday season in full swing, though, consider spending some of your downtime doing a little winter-cleaning for coats, toys, or packaged food to donate. Here are some places accepting (and picking up!) contributions for those in need.

BRJC’s Musical Shabbat
When: Friday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Bay Ridge Jewish Center on 4th Avenue and 81 Street
What: As in days of old we continue to play beautiful instrumental music on Shabbat. Get ready to sing and clap to the beat of the music and prayers of the heart. All ages welcome.
How much: FREE
More info: Tel: 718-836-3103 Email: [email protected]
Contact name: Office

Cross Cultural Conversations
When: Friday, December 16 and Friday, December 30 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: New Utrecht Library at 1743 86th Street
What: A discussion of things that are uniquely human
How much: FREE
More info: (718) 236-4086

Caroling with Sharon Wyse
When: Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m.
Where: New Utrecht Library at 1743 86th Street
What: Join Sharon Wyse, vocalist, in singing your favorite carols to make the season bright
How much: FREE
More info: (718) 236-4086

Free Santa photos and homemade cookies at Dyker Heights open house
When: Saturday, December 17 from 1 to 3 p.m
Where: 8877 15th Avenue
What: The open house for this $1.28 million will feature home made cookies, hot cocoa (available on a first come first served basis) and family photos whether or not you plan on buying the house.
How much: FREE
More info: See our article on the event

Second annual Santa & Friends Social
When: There will be two seatings on Saturday, December 17, one from 10 a.m. to noon and one from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: CEBU at 8801 3rd Avenue
What: Hosted in partnership with The Home Reporter, Brooklyn Spectator and Dave A. & Bliss Entertainment. Classic CEBU brunch buffet with drinks for mom and dad, holiday arts and crafts table, cotton candy, a professional photo with Santa (printed) and free gift certificate from the bookmark Shoppe
How much: $40 per adult, kids free
More info: Space is limited. to purchase tickets and reserve your spot email [email protected] or call (347) 560-6572

O Holy Night: A Christmas Concert
When: Saturday, December 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 9020 3rd Avenue
What: La Forza dell’Opera’s “O Holy Night: A Christmas Concert”. The singers of La Forza dell’Opera will perform an evening of Christmas and Seasonal songs ending a Carol Sing-Along with the audience. Celebrate this blessed season with the beautiful gift of music
How much: $20 general admission

Outdoor Living Nativity
When: Saturday, December 17 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Where: The front lawn of New Utrecht Reformed Church on 18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Street
How much: FREE
More info: Call (718) 236-0678

Tree lighting at St. Finbar
When: Saturday, December 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bay 20th Street between Bath and Benson avenues
What: St. Finbar will celebrate the lighting of the Christmas trees. At the same time the Tree of life will be lit. Parishioners and friends donate in memory of a loved or in thanksgiving. the Adult Choir and Children’s Choir will be performing singing Carols.
How much: FREE
More info: We thank Maimonides Hospital for their generous donation which allows us to have this tree lighting.

Community Chanukah Celebration
When: Sunday, December 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 3496 Nostrand Avenue (between avenues U and V)
What: Chanukah activities throughout the building: arts and crafts, dance, theater and music. Also, Chanukah fun in the gym: inflatable rides and arcade games, candle lighting ceremony
How much: FREE

Owl’s Head Holiday Art Fair
When: Sunday, December 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: The Owl’s Head at 479 74th Street
What: Do your holiday shopping and support local talent! Featuring local artists and poets.
How much: FREE
More info: See the Facebook event page

Winter coat drive
When: Sunday, December 18th from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: 1618 Mermaid Avenue
More info: For more information call Council Member Mark Treyger’s office at (718) 373-9673

Ongoing

Storytime at the New Utrecht Library
When: Saturday storytime is on Saturdays from 11 to 11:30 a.m.; Babies and Books will be Thursdays from 11 to 11:30 a.m.; Story Play will be on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Where: The New Utrecht Library on 1743 86th Street
What: Saturday storytime is appropriate for all ages; Babies and Books is appropriate for children aged birth to 18 months; Story Play is appropriate for children birth to 5 years
How much: FREE
More info: Call (718) 236-4086