December is kicking off to a busy start in preparation for the holidays. Get into the festive spirit with these exciting events taking place throughout the city:

Friday, December 1st

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from enjoying a brew. Loreley Beer Garden is hosting a Heated Winter Wonderland Beer Garden, where patrons can find craft beers, mulled wine, and seasonal cocktails.

On the surface, Sweet Shoppe may seem like any other high concept candy shop. But once you enter, you discover a Willy Wonka-inspired apothecary of sugar, where you can learn about the secret life of sugar through a broad range of immersive and sensory experiences incorporating art, technology and live performance.

Saturday, December 2nd

Looking to get cozy for the colder weather with some books? The sixth annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair offers a wide range of rare, vintage, and out-of-print books from independent booksellers from all over Brooklyn. There will also be activities for all ages, as well as author signings.

Get your family together for a morning of festive fitness: the NYRR Jingle Bell Jog (5km) takes place within Prospect Park. Join the event and help fundraise for NYRR’s youth programs.

Discover the original coastline of Manhattan, as well as other remnants Dutch New Amsterdam on our walking tour this weekend. Purchase your tickets below:

Tour of The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam

Sunday, December 3rd

Ever wondered about the history of Grand Central Terminal or the story behind its celestial ceiling? This Sunday you can learn about the secrets behind New York City’s iconic transit hub during our Secrets of Grand Central Tour.

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Tour Fort Tryon’s Heather Garden and the former Billings Estate entrance area this weekend. You’ll get a chance to learn about Fort Tryon’s many conifers and evergreens, which contribute to the year round beauty and horticultural appeal of the park.

Monday, December 4th

An exhibition of Roxanne Jacobson photographs, Occupied Sites: A Look at Staten Island’s Prehistory, is on view at The Lenape Gallery at the Conference House Park visitor center. Discover the archaeological sites that have been impacted by development.

Tuesday, December 5th

Some of the greatest magic tricks focus around the science behind perception and reality. Join master illusionist Apollo Robbins and neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde to explore the limits of the brain and our own visual perception during their talk on The Neuroscience of Illusion.

Wednesday, December 6th

An evening of literary enjoyment awaits at the Albertine Prize Launch Party at the Payne Whitney Mansion, where actors will read excerpts from the five nominated titles. A cocktail reception will follow and conclude the evening.

Thursday, December 7th

Watch acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burn’s Academy-Award nominated documentary The Brooklyn Bridge (1981, 60 min) at the Brooklyn Museum. The film uncovers the struggle and triumphs behind the creation of Brooklyn Bridge. There will be a discussion with Ken Burns and New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer following the viewing.

As part of a four-part lecture series titled, “The Big Picture: Cemetery as Cultural Landscape,” guests are invited to a discussion on Managing the Designed Landscape. Learn about the impacts of climate change, the process of managing design projects and more with panelists from Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and New York Botanical Garden.

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