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Holiday Season Events in Queens, NY

Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa in 2013

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Holiday lights on Sutphin in Jamaica Center.

Photo (c) John Roleke
Magical Tree Lighting Ceremony at Queens Center Mall
Not to be out done, the Queens Center Mall kicks off its holiday season with a tree lighting. The first 500 children will receive a free magic wand to help light the tree. Then it's milk, cookies, and Santa time. See more about Santa at Queens Center and the mall's other promotions in December.
  • November 16, 2013, 5 p.m. (Level 2, JCPenney Wing)
  • Queens Center Mall, LIE at Queens Blvd, Elmhurst

Woodhaven Tree Lighting

  • Woodhaven Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - Not confirmed - December 6 would be the traditional date...
  • At intersection of Forest Pkwy and Jamaica Ave

Woodside Tree Lighting

  • Woodside on the Move Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - TBD
  • 58th St and Woodisde Ave

Queens Library Celebrates the Holidays
There are many holiday events at local library branches throughout Queens. Check the Queens Library website for a list of all events, including arts and crafts and concerts.

Kwanzaa Celebration at Langston Hughes Queens Library Branch
Learn about Kwanzaa, enjoy live performances, and make crafts at this annual Kwanzaa celebration. There'll be a screening of the film The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration.

  • December 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., free
  • Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Blvd, Corona, NY

Holidays on Jamaica Avenue

The Jamaica Performing Arts Center celebrates the season with a gala and toy collection.

  • Holiday Gala, Saturday, December 20, 2013, 8 p.m.
  • Toy Drive - Sutphin Boulevard BID - Toy drop location at Jamaica Performing Arts Center - Deadline is December 15, 2013
  • 153-10 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY
Hands-on History: Snowflakes are Falling
With King Manor decorated for the holidays, there's a day of stories, crafts, and free winter fun for families on December 14.
  • Hands-on History: Snowflakes are Falling - December 14, 2013, noon, King Manor Museum (150th St and Jamaica Ave)

Annual Holiday Concert - Oratorio Society of Queens
The Oratorio Society of Queens celebrates on December 22 with excerpts from Handel's Messiah, plus sing-along Christmas carols and Hanukkah favorites.

  • December 22, 2013, 4 p.m., $30/$25/$10
  • Oratorio Society of Queens - 718-279-3006
  • Queensborough Performing Arts Center (at Queensborough College), Bayside

Holiday Pops with Boston Pops at Queens College
The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra comes to Colden Auditorium, Queens College, to perform holiday favorites. Santa makes a visit during the performance.

  • Boston Pops, December 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m., $20-$30, details

Flushing Historic House Holiday Tour
It's a Flushing tradition to tour the historic sites of the neighborhood each winter. This year the event is December 8, 2013, $10/$12 for adults and free for kids. Sites include Flushing Town Hall, Kingsland Homestead, Voelker-Orth Museum, Lewis Latimer House Museum, and Friends Meeting House. This is a lovely way to learn the history of Flushing with others interested in the wealth of local lore. Contact Flushing Town Hall for more information. You can pair the tour with seeing the The Nutcracker at Flushing Town Hall.

Kwanzaa and The Nutcracker and Hanukkah at Flushing Town Hall
Two performances cover the holidays at Flushing Town Hall.

  • The David Leonhardt Trio: A Winter Holiday Jazz Concert - December 20, 2013
  • Kwanzaa Workshop: African Adornment - December 21, 2013
  • Christmas Workshop: Season of Giving (for families) - December 21, 2013
  • Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, 718-463-7700
Holiday Lights Festival in Jackson Heights
Join the annual holiday lighting festival in Jackson Heights and celebrate the season with neighbors. There will be a tree, a menorah, and holiday lights, plus music by school kids.
  • TBD
  • Jackson Heights Post Office, 78-02 37th Ave

Holiday Open House at the Queens Farm Museum
Celebrate the holidays with free Yule-time tours of the Queens Country Farm Museum, plus arts and crafts for kids and mulled cider. Also come by the Farm in December to buy Christmas trees, wreaths, and poinsettias.

  • December 26, 27, and 28, 2013 - noon to 4 p.m., free
  • Queens Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park, 718-347-3276
  • Christmas Trees and Poinsettia Sales: December 1 to 24, 2013

Holiday Tours at Louis Armstrong House
The Louis Armstrong House Museum gives tours of the house all decked out for Christmas. Enjoy holiday season audio clips and recordings. In the gift shop you can find some unusual items, like Jazzmen Rice, a jasmine rice grown in Louisiana.

Did we miss a holiday event? Email queens@aboutguide.com with all the details. And I wish you a very happy Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and any holiday I missed, plus a healthy New Year to you and your family!

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