It’s cold out, y’all, and it’s time for winter activities. How about some saunas, ice skating, holiday shopping or volunteering (or all of it in reverse order?). Get in the holiday spirit and have fun, all without having to hit up the neighborhood bar.
Bathhouses and Saunas
Rejuvenation, relaxation, and selfcare all in a warm, steamy room? Um, yes, please!
Bathhouse is a modern spa situated in a renovated 1930s soda factory. The spa (and restaurant) offers many treatments from massages to sensory deprivation tanks. Enjoy both dry and tropical saunas, a starlight steam room, three thermal pools, heated marble hammams, and cryotherapy.
Warm up this season with an active pastime!
Industry City just debuted their ice-skating rink the weekend of thanksgiving. Check out their winter wonderland and hit the ice to warm-up on these brisk days! There’s a ski-lodge themed outdoor tent to hang in, and an outdoor bar designed to look like a gingerbread house. Try a themed skating night, too, like “Disco Forever.”
Shopping is always fun, but better when you support your local businesses!
Brooklyn boasts an array of holiday markets, featuring local artisans and crafters. You can support your neighbor and local economy, while finding unique, one of kind gifts for this holiday season. This year, Brooklyn has everything from social justice-oriented markets to queer-operated ones. Find a market near you by clicking here.
Don’t forget to check out Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies across the borough, many accompanied with hot cocoa, photos with Santa, and more.
Warm the hearts of others, consider helping a neighbor in need this winter season.
Coat Drives: As the temperature drops consider helping a fellow New Yorker out with a winter coat. You can donate a new one or lightly used one at one many Brooklyn drop-off locations. Don’t have time? You can also donate $20 to provide a coat for someone in need. These coats go to social service agencies, public schools, transitional housing shelters, and more. Find where to donate your coat here.
Toy Drives: Join a Brooklyn Toy Drive this winter to help families and their loved ones to celebrate the holidays this season! By joining one of these charitable drives you support children in need. Many accept books, clothing, and new or gently used toys. Find a toy drive near you here.
Find one of Brooklyn’s longest-running comedy shows Ed Sullivan On Acid at The Backroom at Freddy’s in South Park Slope, now hosted by stage veterans Calvin Cato, Justin Murray, and Richard James, featuring a broad assortment of up-and-coming comedians. First and third Monday each month, 9.30 pm.