This year, the holidays are coinciding with the Omicron variant, leaving many of Bushwick’s popular holiday activities canceled and its bars, restaurants and event spaces closed for the next few days. 

However, there are still several spectacular, holiday-centric things you can do if you’re in the area this holiday season. You won’t spoil this one for New Yorkers, Covid-19! 

*Note: With Omicron, nothing is safe from cancellation. So, before going to any of these places or attending any of these events, double check at the source to make sure they are still happening.

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Everyone’s favorite neighborhood outdoor light show is still lighting up the night. Take a bike or walking tour of King County’s most extravagant displays through New Year’s Eve. The main attraction is on 11th to 13th Avenues from 83rd to 86th Streets in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.

CaribBeing Holiday Market 2021

Need an island getaway this Christmas? Celebrate the the riches and flavors of the Caribbean at the CaribBeing Holiday Market Pop-Up, featuring a wide range of Black-owned businesses offering everything from beauty products, clothing and jewelry to health and wellness goods and more! The market is open Wednesdays to Sundays until Dec. 30th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more here.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Lightscape

The lights display at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is closed on Christmas Day, but you can still check it out on Christmas Eve and until January 9! It is pretty amazing.

Learn more here.

Ice Skating at Prospect Park

Lakeside at Prospect Park offers both covered and open-air skating if you’re nervous about being in an enclosed space. Rent skates or bring your own. Although it is a bit of a trek from Bushwick, the rather large ice rink is well worth the trip.

Learn more here.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum 

Get your family out of the house with these Kwanzaa celebrations led by Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation. Daily events include education on Kwanzaa, a drum and dance performance, a Djembe drum lesson, African dance, a pottery workshop, a group mural painting and more.

Learn more here.

Brooklyn Museum

The beloved Brooklyn Museum is closed on Christmas Day, but you can still check out its collections and exhibits from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. 

Learn more about current exhibitions and tickets here.

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