Holiday Events In Queens
Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, & Kwanzaa Candle Lightings in Queens
Holiday lighting festivals and ceremonies have been on the rise in Queens in recent years. While some date back many years, most are traditions that started within the past five or ten years.
What does an increase in holiday lightings mean? It means you have ample opportunity to go yourself, or with friends, or to take your kids to one or more of them to learn a bit more about your own culture or the culture of others.
Each lighting is a bit different, as some are community and business-oriented, some are religiously oriented, a few have arts organizations behind them, and some are backed by non-religious cultural organizations. Please feel free to send us a notice of your holiday lighting event if it's not posted herein.
Queens Christmas, Hanukkah & Kwanzaa Holiday Events Begin in Earnest
This is not meant to be a complete list, but rather a list of the holiday lighting events, many of which I’ve attended one or more times since late 2007. The holiday lighting events are organized individually by each Queens neighborhood including Astoria, Long Island City LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, Flushing, Jamaica and Whitestone. Many include the serving of some beverage like hot chocolate and generally something to munch on like cookies.
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Queens Holiday Events: Candle, Menorah & Holiday Tree Lightings
Hanukkah, Kwanzaa & Christmas Events In Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Flushing, Whitestone & Jamaica
Updated Dec 11, 2015 / Queens Neighborhoods / Kwanzaa, Hanukkah & Christmas - Holiday Events in Queens / Queens Buzz. Continued.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENTS ARE FREE UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
I. Astoria Holiday Events
Astoria Holiday Lightings – Central Astoria Local Development Corporation / CALDC Christmas Tree Lightings & Celebrations in Astoria
Friday, December 4: Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
From 7 to 10 pm at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden at 29-19 24th Avenue in Astoria in their historic beer garden. There will be hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas carols.
Saturday, December 5: 3rd Annual CALDC Holiday Tree Lighting Astoria Park
Begins at 1 pm and the lights go on at 4.30 pm in Astoria Park at 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue in Astoria Park. There will be crafts vendors, marshmellow toasting and holiday songs from multiple cultures to celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas.
Tuesday, December 8: Tree Lighting
Kaufman Arts District is hosting a Tree Lighting that begins at 4 pm. The events includes carols sung by the singers from the Astoria Performing Arts Center and ornaments provided by PS 166 students.
II. Corona Christmas & Holiday Events
Holiday Tree Lighting & Candle Lighting Events in Corona - also see Jackson Heights
Friday, December 4: Holiday Celebration in Corona Plaza
Corona Plaza holiday tree lighting event and Latin cultural Christmas celebration and market at Corona Plaza at 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Begins at 6.30 pm and festivities include Santa, entertainment, refreshments and tree lighting in Corona Plaza. Collaboration of QEDC & Queens Museum & Friends of Corona Plaza.
Wednesday, December 9: Tree Lighting in Corona
There's a tree lighting in Corona at 104th Street and 46th Avenue beginning at 6.30 pm. Sponsored by the Perna Foundation for Kids & the Louis Armstrong House.
Saturday, December 12: Kwanzaa Celebration at Langston Hughes Corona
From 10 am - 7 pm at the Langston Hughes Cultural Center at 100-01 Northern Blvd in Corona. The day begins with a crafts fair, lamp making workshop and a film screening, followed by the main greeting and libation at 12 noon. The afternoon begins with a crafts workshop and musical performances and an artist talk continue through the day.
III. Flushing Holiday Events
Holiday Lights Celebration, Menorah Lighting & Tree Lighting in Flushing
Monday, November 16: Flushing BID Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration & Party
Begins at 5 pm at Macy's at 136-50 Roosevelt Avenue with a lighting of the new holiday ornaments and continues from 6 - 9 pm at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel Phoenix Ballroom at 135-20 39th Avenue in Flushing. Free but rsvp to the Flushing BID at gmail.com.
Saturday, December 5: Flushing Holiday Concert
From 1.30 to 3 pm at the Flushing Library on 41-17 Main Street at Kissena.
Sunday, December 6: Hanukkah Celebration
Sunday, December 6: Queens Botanical Gardens Holiday Tree Lighting Flushing
From 1 - 5 pm. Walks / tour through the garden and botanical crafts while supplies last. At 3 and 4 pm there will be musical performances by Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the tree lighting will be at 5 pm with Santa. Only the photos with Santa require a fee.
Sunday, December 6 - Holiday Historic House Tour - Flushing Historical Sites
From about 12.30 pm - 5 pm. The Friends Meeting [Quaker] House, Louis Latimer House, Flushing Town Hall, Bowne House, Voelker Orth Museum and Kingsland Homestead [aka Queens Historical Society] all open their doors to the public for a glimpse into Queens colonial past for $25 per adult and $10 for kids under 12. The tickets include refreshments served at the sites, and the Louis Armstrong House is also included, but is located further away in Corona and of course isn't colonial.
IV. Jackson Heights Holiday Events
Holiday Tree Lighting Events & Kwanzaa Candle Lighting & Hanukkah Menorah Lighting - also see Corona
Sunday, December 6: Holiday Chorals
The Jackson Heights Community Chorus is performing a mix of world music at the Renaissance Charter School at 35-59 81st Street beginning at 4 pm [$10].
Wednesday, December 9: Holiday Concert
The Jackson Heights Orchestra Holiday Concert begins at 7.30 pm at St. Mark's Church at 33-50 82nd Street. Free but donation of $10 / $5 suggested.
Saturday, December 12: Hanukkah Party
Beginning at 2.30 pm games, menorah making, songs, and stories in the community room at a 75th Street building between 35th and 37th Avenues. For more information call 718-569-1887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 16: Christmas Tree & Hanukkah Lighting
From 5 - 7 pm at Jackson Heights Post Office on 37th Avenue between 78th & 79th Streets refreshments and holiday singing. Organized by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.
December 19: Diversity Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting
Beginning at 4.30 pm a celebration of the holiday season and American diversity of multicultural and interfaith peoples, there will be a tree lighting and other activities at Diversity Plaza at 37th Road and 73rd Street in Jackson Heights. Hosted by SUKHI NY and Friends of Diversity Plaza, of which JHBG is a member.
Saturday, December 19: A Yuletide Concert
Beginning at 7 pm the Queens Consort (www.queensconsort.com) is performing a holiday concert on Baroque period instruments at St. Mark's Church at 33-50 82nd Street [$10 / $15 at the door].
Saturday, December 19: Holiday Caroling / Sing-Along
From 7 - 10 pm. Caroling beginning in front of Cassidy's at 31st Avenue and 75th Street in Jackson Heights regardless of weather.
V. Jamaica Christmas & Kwanzaa Events
Holiday Lighting Events in Jamaica & Kwanzaa Candle Lighting in Queens
Saturday, December 12: Tree Lighting at Rufus King Park
Beginning at 6 pm. The Cultural Collaborative is hosting a holiday tree lighting event in Rufus King Park with gifts, arts & crafts and refreshments. Free.
Sunday, December 13: St Nicholas - The Saint Who Became Santa
Begins at 3 pm. Food historian Peter Rose traces the origins of Santa back to the Dutch St. Nick. Rsvp email@example.com or by calling 718-206-0545 x13.
December 13: Toy Drive & Santa Visits Jamaica Avenue
From 12 noon to 4 pm. There will be hot chocolate and cookies and photos with Santa at Raymour & Flanigan. In collaboration with Jamaica Center, Raymour & Flanigan is hosting a toy drive for the needy [Toys For Tots]. Unopened toys may be dropped at their store at 168-23 Jamaica Avenue up until December 13th, at which time Santa will be picking them up for delivery.
Sunday, December 27, 2015 - Kwanzaa Celebration Jamaica
From 1 - 8 pm. Kwanzaa celebration organized by the Afrikan Poetry Theatre which will be held at the Rochdale Community Center at 169-65 137th Avenue in Jamaica Queens. There will be crafts and food vendors, as well as music and dance. Admission $10 / $5 kids.
VI. Long Island City LIC Holiday Events
Long Island City / LIC Holiday Lightings – Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Celebrations in LIC
Tuesday, December 1: Hunters Point Community Development Tree Lighting
Begins at 6 pm at Vernon Blvd and 50th Avenue in LIC.
Sunday, December 6: Mooseltoe & Visit To Santa's Toyland
Begins at 3 pm. Theatrical piece about moose that wants to fly with Santa and life lessons learned at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Ave in LIC. Tickets $20.
Monday, December 7: Menorah Lighting & Party
Begins at 6.30 pm at Center Blvd and 48th Street in Gantry State Park. Potato latkes, music, doughnuts and photos w/ a dreidel mascot.
Thursday, December 10: Holiday Celebration
Beginning at 5 pm at 45-58 Vernon Blvd [LIC Bar] hosted by the Long Island City Partnership.
VII. Sunnyside & Ridgewood
Holiday Lights Events in Sunnyside – Christmas Tree Lighting Events in Sunnyside
Tuesday, December 1: Holiday Lighting Ceremony
At 6 pm. The Sunnyside Chamber is hosting a holiday celebration with the Sunnyside Drum Corps at 46th Street & Queens Blvd. Admission free.
The Sunnyside Shines event was held on Greenpoint Ave at 45th Street on Monday, November 23rd at about 6 pm.
Thursday, December 3: St Nicholas Illumination & Carol Sing
Begins at 7 - 9 pm at Sunnyside Reformed Church at 48th Street & Skillman Avenue and marches down to Queen of Angels Church a few blocks west on Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside. There will be a couple of lightings, some scripture reading, singing, hot chocolate and an appearance by Santa. The five churches include Grace Fellowship which meets at PS 150 at 40th Street & 43rd Avenue, All Saints Episcopal Church at 46th St off 43rd Avenue and Christ Lutheran Church of 52nd Street in Woodside.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Ridgewood Tree Lighting & Christmas Carols
From 7 - 8 pm. This meeting [local Ridgewood organization] includes the traditional tree lighting ceremony and caroling. Carols [maybe Polish & Romanian - not sure] at IS 93 located at 66-56 Forest Avenue between Madison and Woodbine Streets in the Auditorium.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - Skillman Avenue Street Lights
Lights begin at 6 pm. PS 150 choir and Sunnyside Drum Corps and hot cider provided by Aubergine Cafe.
Saturday, December 19: Holiday Party For Children By 108th Precinct Sunnyside
From 12 noon - 2 pm at Sunnyside Community Services at 43-31 39th Street in Sunnyside.
Friday, December 4: Holiday Lights Celebration
Begins at 4.30 pm at 12-65 150th Street in Whitestone.
Holiday Lights Events in Woodside – Christmas Tree Lighting Events in Woodside
Thursday, December 3: Holiday Lighting Celebration with Woodside on the Move
Begins at 6 pm at 61st Street and Woodside Avenue.
Saturday, December 5: Tree Lighting Celebration by Woodside on the Move
Begins at 6 pm at Sohncke Park across from St. Sebastian's Church in Woodside.
Tuesday, December 8: Skillman Ave Street Lights
At 7 pm at 51st Street and Skillman Ave in Sunnyside.
December X, 2015
Christ Lutheran Church Christmas Tree Lighting in Woodside. Begins at 6 pm.
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