The Rockettes are kicking up their heals for another fabulous season of ho, ho, ho. This holiday tradition begins when the curtain rises, the music swells, and the dancers kick their way onto the stage. Enjoyable for every age. various times.
To represent the abundant birdlife and environment of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hilary Lorenz has arranged the richly colored and textured prints along the hallway in groups of aquatic birds including Canada geese, mallard ducks, wood ducks, mergansers, seagulls, and more. 8 am–11 pm.
5th Annual Holiday Train Show is an iconic holiday image of a model train, whirring by as it circles the base of a brightly-lit tree, evoking feelings of warmth and wonder in children and adults alike. To the delight of all, Lionel trains will journey along a 34’ long, two-level, “O”gauge model train layout, departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal on their way to the North Pole. This year’s exhibit showcases Lionel’s Grand Central Express, Metro-North, Pennsylvania Flyer, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets against a backdrop designed for the Museum’s 40th anniversary. 8 am to 8 pm.
The exhibit feature ancient, rarely seen fossils, and life-like models, including a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur (Yutyrannus huali) and a small four-winged dromeosaur (Anchiornis huxleyi) with a 22-inch wingspan and vivid, patterned plumage. Visitors will encounter a tiny dinosaur whose sleeping posture precisely echoes that of a living bird, an extinct-dinosaur nest containing remains of the adult that guarded the hatchlings, and the fossil cast of a relative of Triceratops that had simple feathers on its body. 10 am to 4 pm.
More than 150 New York City landmarks are recreated in miniature out of bark, nuts, leaves and other plant parts. Large scale model trains zip around such familiar sites as the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center. A recent addition of 3,000-square-feet of exhibition has made room for new trains, bridges and tracks. See website for extended hour). Closed on Thanksgiving. Reservations strongly recommended. 10 am to 5:30 pm.
The Etsy team is hosting its first week long shopping event, offering greeting cards, art, beauty products, clothing, sweets; and so much more. 10 am to 7:30 pm.
Lace up those skates and get sliding across the ice. 10 am to 6:30 pm.
Presented by the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, this holiday show celebrates the holiday season with song, dance and puppetry. See what happens when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa’s annual show. Interactive participation too! Reservations are strongly advised. Closed on Nov. 24 and Dec. 24 through 25. Special times for Nov. 25, Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30. 10:30 am and noon.
The iconic feminist artist’s first retrospective, highlighting her technical virtuosity and examination of some of our deepest cultural impulses, compulsions, and fantasies. 11 am–10 pm.
Artist Jeremy Deller used the traditional life-model drawing class to stage a performative event with musician and personality Iggy Pop as model and subject. Come see the results! 11 am–10 pm.
An exhibit of Viktor Koen’s digital photos of bizarre myths and chimerical creatures. An anthology of short fiction accompanies the pieces. 11 am–6 pm.
The cast of the largest dinosaur that ever walked the earth is now on exhibit. The 122-foot long dino is residing on the fourth floor. This giant herbivor belongs to a group known as titanosaurs, and weighed about 70 tons. 11 am to 5 pm.
The shop, built to mimic a boxing ring, will offer products from Opening Ceremony’s new CLUB USA capsule collection. The collection draws inspiration from 1980s and 1990s sportswear, featuring block logos, composition book prints, and summer colors. 11 am–10 pm.
Get creative with a variety of Jewish themed crafts to choose from! 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
The one-hour concert by Regina Opera features opera and popular selections performed by Regina Opera soloists Kathryn Cohen, Hannah Stone, and Mizuho Takeshita - sopranos; Gennady Vysotsky - basso; accompanied by Maxine Feldman - pianist. 6 pm.
Free admission to the museum’s many exhibits and galleries every Thursday evening, sponsored by Squarespace. 6– 10 pm.
A holiday show of affordable, small works by local artists. 6–9 pm.
Learn the history, science, and stories behind beer and cheese, and taste some fun and unique pairings. 6:30 pm.
A free makeup tutorial, sponsored by the Sunset Park Business Improvement District. 7 pm.
Each night in December, a volunteer cooks a meal for 15–20 people, and provides an artistic element for the night. Everyone is welcome. 7–9 pm.
British theater troupe Cheek by Jowl returns to BAM with Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy, madness, and magical transformation. 7:30 pm.
The Brooklyn Ballet adds a bit of hip-hop to the classic show. Projected sets will help transport the audience from old Dutch Breukelen to modern-day Flatbush Avenue, and technological costumes will turn each dancer into a light show. 7:30 pm.
The William Shakespear play performed by Cheek by Jowl, was originally conceived to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. With actors in casual modern dress and the intelligent use of simple sets, director Declan Donnellan, who won a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale this summer, renders the time- and location-shifting storyline fluidly and clearly. 7:30 pm.
Gelsey Kirkland Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” may be the borough’s most traditional take on the classic ballet. The diverse company features dancers from all over the world, and its production takes place on a romantic set inspired by a baroque theater. 7:30 pm.
The Brooklyn Ballet adds a bit of hip-hop to the classic show, set in Brooklyn from the Dutch settlers to modern-day Flatbush Avenue. 7:30 pm.
LoftOpera uses immersive video elements to explore the magic and horror of Shakespeare’s tragedy, inside the soon-to-open Mast Chocolate Factory. 8 pm.
Performed in a chocolate factory, LoftOpera’s version of the Shakespeare staple utilizes immersive video elements to explore the magic, horror, and complicated psychologies found in the dark tale. With a 33-piece orchestra. 8 pm.