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Brooklyn is getting a mega winter village and holiday market

Brooklyn is getting a mega winter village and holiday market
Photograph: Courtesy WinterFest

Kings County’s answer to the Bank of America Winter Village debuts in late November, and it’s taking Christmastown to the next level. Located outside of the Brooklyn Museum's grounds, WinterFest acts as a festive wonderland equipped with some of the same amenities you’d find at Bryant Park's popular holiday market—but more! 

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The 40,000-square-foot holiday extravaganza offers an Angels Market boasting nearly 50 vendors including favorites like Brooklyn Bar Body & Bath, Rockstar Revolution and Bearhands & Buddies. There's grub and beverages (mulled wine and hot chocolate are a definite) for purchase as well as a beer garden serving multiple brews, a Santa Land featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus for photo ops and a performance stage where you can catch free shows from local dance groups and musicians. 

Unlike Urbanspace's many merry markets, WinterFest also provides North Pole-like attractions like an Enchanted Tree Maze filled with sparkling Christmas trees that explores holiday traditions from 20 countries and culture around the world. Slide down a "Snowzilla", walk through a Giant Snowglobe or pose for photos with the World's Largest Snowman (named Bouncy). This attraction isn't strictly Christmas-oriented either! For those who celebrate or want to learn about Hanukkah, check out the Spectacular Menorah station offering programming such as a menorah lighting, specialty food and music performances from the culture and more. 

There's also an interactive experience dubbed The Chocolate Dome Story, which allows visitors to play, taste and learn about the sweet treat. It should pair nicely with the Vinopolis Wine Tasting Experience for vino enthusiasts. 

WinterFest is free to attend, but certain events held at the space may be ticketed. It officially opens to the public on November 23 and lasts through the holiday season, ending on December 31. For more information, visit winterfestbrooklnymuseum.com and check out the making-of video below. 

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2 comments
adrian r

This is a great addition to Brooklyn festival scene. I took my 6 year old twins. They had an amazing time. The market itself is much better presented than the Union square one. It was nice walking around all the green decorated chalets. The maze was fun for the kids. The dome is an attraction in itself. We had 4 hot chocolate and candies. There was a small exhibit about Chocolate. Never knew where the kiss or Tic Take brands got their names from until yesterday. There is also an exhibit about the origin of Santa. There was Santa there which was a great time for kids. My wife, my mother and I spent some time at the wine tent where they serve wine tasting; very cool. Love it and recommend it.

Lee Lee W

We went today and spent $50 on the entrance fee to the North Pole experience, there was NOTHING there. No wonder the website doesn't show any actual photos of the place. The chocolate dome is a sad looking tent with a table with instant chocolate and a basket of Halloween chocolate. The enchanted maze is just some undecorated Christmas trees, even Home Depot garden center is more festive than that. The other advertised attractions were non-existent, my 3 year old and us as well were very disappointed, this is a total scam, how do I get my money back?!?!?