Holiday Shopping with Entertainment

Anticipating the happiness of your loved one opening that perfect gift you got them, that’s the beautiful part of gift-giving.

But, sometimes, holiday shopping can be draining.

Here are 2 places that can add that much needed dose of excitement.

Go Indie!

Industry City in Brooklyn is home to the Renegade Craft Fair, on December 17+18 (11am-6pm).

Featuring over 200 vendors, Renegade Craft Fair is the largest independent craft fair in the world, an indie extravaganza that has been in a number of cities, such as Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Portland, and London.

It describes itself as a “highly curated showcase of the very best in modern craft and design” – and Industry City calls the Brooklyn event, “a festive Celebration of DIY featuring Maker-designer goods, inspired surroundings, interactive features, artisanal food + drink, live music.”

(220 36th St #2-A, Brooklyn)

Renegade Poster

Renegade Poster

And, if you’re fond of Vodka, or know a connoisseur who’d be excited about a special one as a gift, Industry City Distillery offers Saturday tours of its facility where they make their house vodka.

(For another indie shopping option, try Artists & Fleas in Chelsea Market.)

Shop Some Standards to Old Standards – with a light show!

At the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place (which has Saks, J Crew and Burberry, among others) enjoy a light show all through the season with Luminaries – where  “Visitors are immersed in a canopy of glowing lanterns suspended within, each changing color and intensity.

Touch-sensitive ‘wishing stations’ on the ground invite visitors to send a holiday wish, which materializes as a burst of color traveling through the lanterns above.”

And for every wish, a donation is made supporting music education programs.

Luminaries at Brookfield Place (photo from Brookfield Place's Instagram)

Luminaries at Brookfield Place (photo from Brookfield Place’s Instagram)

Light shows will be presented at the hour and the half hour, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily, synced to 3 beloved seasonal songs: “Winter Wonderland” by Michael Bublé, “Silver Bells” by Tony Bennett and “Carol of the Bells” by The Bird and The Bee.

(230 Vesey Street)