pencil it in: november into december

November 30- December 31: Christmas Lights in NYC

Just because most of us live in apartment buildings doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the suburban phenomenon of Christmas decorations. Through the end of the month visitors and residents alike can enjoy the Christmas lights in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn which rival any suburban extravaganza. Neighbors continually aim to out do the others resulting in an entertaining array of outrageous installations. To enjoy the Christmas spectacular, head over to the neighborhood with A Slice of Brooklyn’s Bus Tour who will skillfully guide you through the festive neighborhood. To purchase tickets visit the tour’s official site. A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours, meeting point: corner of E. 13th St.–Fourth Ave. near Union Square, 917 678 9733, 7 PM, $55 

December 1- 31: The Brooklyn Flea Gets in the Spirit

The iconic Brooklyn Market is getting into the holiday spirit with  a holiday gift centric affair. One Hanson Place will be converted from cavernous lobby to magical holiday bazaar for a three week run leading up to the holiday crunch. Top crafters, artisanal food purveyors, small boutiques and other stalls will fill the space where shoppers can pick up all the necessary holiday goods. From stocking stuffers to the main gift, this bazaar has it all. Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Holiday Market, 1 Hanson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Sat & Sun 10 AM- 6 PM

December 2: Eat. Pie. Shop. 

Head over to Cobble Hill this weekend to eat some delicious pies and possibly pick some up for a great educational cause. The fourth annual Eat Pie and Shop event hosted by Cobble Hill’s PS29 will feature a gift fair, $5 pie slices, a Top Chef judged baking contest and more. All proceeds benefit the local school’s arts and enrichment programs. PS29 425 Henry Street, Cobble Hill Brooklyn, 11 AM- 4 PM

December 3: Eating Out for a Cause

All star chefs come together for one night only to create what has been dubbed “the greatest meal ever cooked”. Chefs Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Linton Hopkins, Jonathan Benno, Michael White, Christina Tosi, Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone will head up the feast whose proceeds will go towards the Mayor’s Fund for Sandy Relief Efforts. In addition to making a donation to a worthy cause, the $150 ticket will buy you access to a cocktail hour and what will surely be an unforgettable feast. The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, 6:30- 10:30 PM, $155

December 5th: We’re Sure Glad That’s Over

79 years ago today, Prohibition was repealed. To celebrate, Buttermilk Channel will celebrate with specialty cocktails and a five course menu devised to compliment them.  The set meal and cocktails will cost diners $75 and include everything but tax + tip. Call or email the restaurant to reserve your spot at this celebratory meal. Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 718 852 8490, 5- 10 PM, $75

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