Monday, December 30, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Gingerbread House Making

The Farm on Adderley, 1108 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn

Ah, the holidays: that busy time of year when everyone tries to cram about five days into one. Think you missed your chance to settle down and build the elaborate gingerbread house you’ve been envisioning for your long-since eaten gingerbread men? Fret no more. The Farm on Adderley hosts this opportunity to come build your very own house, with a pre-fab base and plenty of dried fruit and natural candy. (So you won’t feel guilty eating it all, of course.) Each house is 30 bucks a pop.

Deal nearby: Beebo Seafood and Raw Bar

Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m.
A 1920’s Paris New Year’s Eve

Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn

We’ve been to enough boozy year-end celebrations to know that it’s difficult for ye old 31st to live up to all of its hype. Galapagos Art Space is all set to do just that with their 1920’s Paris New Year’s Eve. This grand soirée promises to transport us to “a world of lovers, sultry can-can dancers, soaring aerial artists, acrobats, powerful chanteuses, handsome chanteurs and sensual burlesque dancers.” Tickets are $125 and up per person, and each includes a seat for the show along with open bar drinks ‘til 1 a.m. (Pro tip: call the box office at and pay with a card to avoid the service fee.)

Deal nearby: Ozu Japanese Cuisine & Lounge

Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m.
LaunchPad New Year’s Eve: Eat, Drink, Dance, Play, Craft, Sing, Etc.

LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn

If a swanky night in Paris ain’t your game, then LaunchPad’s New Year’s Eve has a little something for everyone to love. They’ve carefully instructed revelers to “eat, drunk, dance, play, craft, etc.” The popular Brooklyn DIY hotspot will help folks ring in 2014 with homemade snacks, home-brewed beer, karaoke, live music, board games, craft supplies and art performances. Admission to all of the activities is just a $10 donation away.

Deal nearby: Janelle’s Restaurant

Wednesday, January 1, 2 p.m.
The 40th Annual New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon Reading Benefit

St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street, Manhattan

For the past four decades, the Poetry Project has been helping us start off each new year on a well-read note. The tradition continues this year with their 40th anniversary, and over 140 famous New Yorkers ready to share their words. Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Thurston Moore, Jonas Mekas and many more will take the stage over the course of the 10-hour+ event. Admission is $20 and the proceeds go to fund the Poetry Project’s year-round events. Come at 2 p.m. when it all begins or join in from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. for the emceed festivities.

Deal nearby: Le Village