Friday, Dec. 3
Pet Portraits: What better way to celebrate the bond between yourself and your furry friend than a masterfully painted portrait? Local artist Matt Timms is setting up shop at the cocktail bar Grand Army on Dec. 2 to paint custom-made pet portraits. To get one, simply bring a photo of your pet to the bar for Timms. 30 minutes later, you’ll leave with a beautiful 6” x 6” portrait.
5-11 pm at Grand Army, 336 State St. near Hoyt Street in Boerum Hill, portraits cost $80.
Sunday, Dec. 5
Throwback holiday dance party: Belt out your favorite hits of yesteryear at Party Like It’s 1999: All I want for Christmas is Mariah at The Bell House. The dance party with DJ Steve Reynolds features pop, rock, hip-hop, and R&B hits from the 90’s and early 2000’s, with a strong Mariah Carey component for the most festive time of the year.
10 pm at The Bell House, 149 Seventh St. near Second Avenue in Gowanus, free, rsvp here.
Family dance: Dancers from the Mark Morris Dance Center will bring holiday cheer to Lafayette Avenue with a family-friendly dance class for beginners featuring dances from “The Hard Nut.” Participants will also be led in a holiday singalong!
11 am at 300 Ashland Place Plaza, near Flatbush and Lafayette Avenues in Fort Greene, additional information here.
All Weekend Long
Navy Yard holiday market: The Brooklyn Navy Yard hosts its fourth annual holiday market, with a focus on shopping, eating, and making. The market showcases more than 25 business featured out of the yard, offering a wide selection of goods including skincare products, spirits, home goods, art, and food products.
Dec. 4 and 5 from noon to 5 pm at Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Ave., free, rsvp here.
Ain’t Misbehavin: The Gallery Players presents performances of “Ain’t Misbehavin” this weekend, featuring the music of Fats Waller. The winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical and one of the most popular musical revues of all time, the performance pays tribute to the vibrant music of the early jazz era.
Dec. 2-19 at The Gallery Players, 199 14th St. near Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, various showtimes, details here.
Dyker Lights! Brooklyn’s most beloved holiday tradition is back and brighter than ever! The southern Brooklyn neighborhood is once again decked out in dazzling displays of Santa’s, snowmen, reindeer, and more, making for one of the biggest attractions in New York during the holiday season. For the heart of the action, you’ll want to gravitate towards the area around 83rd to 86th street between 11th and 13th avenues, where some of the gaudiest displays can be found.
All weekend long in Dyker Heights.