Holiday Events In Queens
Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, & Kwanzaa Candle Lightings in Queens
November 2, 2017 / Astoria Neighborhood / Long Island City LIC Neighborhood / Sunnyside Neighborhood / Woodside Neighborhood / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Corona Neighborhood / Flushing Neighborhood / Jamaica Neighborhood / Queens Neighborhoods NYC / Queens Things To Do Holidays / Queens Buzz NYC.
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.
- Click here for a schedule of the Xmas / Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, Kwanzaa Candle Lightings - Holiday events in Queens - Kwanzaa, Hanukkah & Christmas Queens.
Queens Holiday Events: Candle, Menorah & Holiday Tree Lightings
Hanukkah, Kwanzaa & Christmas Events In Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Flushing, Whitestone & Jamaica
November 2, 2017 / Astoria Neighborhood / Long Island City LIC Neighborhood / Sunnyside Neighborhood / Woodside Neighborhood / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Corona Neighborhood / Flushing Neighborhood / Jamaica Neighborhood / Queens Neighborhoods NYC / Queens Things To Do Holidays / Queens Buzz NYC. Continued.
Note that these events are free unless otherwise noted.
- Click here for our report about the Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas holiday markets in Queens - Holiday markets in Queens, Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Flushing and Jamaica.
**** THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS ****
ALL ASTERISKED EVENTS HAVE BEEN UPDATED FOR 2017
BASED ON MOST RECENT AVAILABLE INFO
I. Astoria Christmas & Holiday Events - Holiday Lightings Astoria
* Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Friday, December 1, 2017 from 7 to 10 pm
Located at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden at 29-19 24th Avenue in Astoria in their historic beer garden.
The event features a tree lighting, hot chocolate and cookies, Christmas music and an all around community gathering. This Queens holiday event is organized by the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria.
* 5th Annual CALDC Holiday Tree Lighting Astoria Park
Saturday, December 2, 2017 beginning at 2 pm [lights usually turned on at 4.30 pm]
Located in Astoria Park at 19th Street and 23rd Avenue in Astoria Park.
There will be crafts vendors, marshmellow toasting and holiday songs from multiple cultures to celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas. This Queens holiday event is organized by CALDC - the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation in Astoria.
* Kaufman Arts District Tree Lighting
[Guesstimated / Awaiting 2017 Info] Friday, December 8, 2017 beginning at 4 pm
They are located at 35th Avenue & 34-12 36th Street next to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.
This Queens holiday event includes carols sung by the singers from the Astoria Performing Arts Center and ornaments provided by PS 166 students. This is an Astoria holiday event.
* Holiday Concert Astoria Queens
[Date Confirmed / Details coming soon] Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 6 to 7.30 pm
At the Church of the Redeemer at 30-14 Crescent Street [also locale of the Astoria Performing Arts Center].
[Info from 2016 EVENT] Guitarist Peter Griggs performs “Music For An Old English Christmas” - featuring arrangements of traditional carols, ballads and folk dances of the British Isles, along with compositions by Elizabethan composers such as John Dowland, William Byrd and Anthony Holborne.
$15 suggested donation.
II. Corona Kwanzaa, Christmas & Holiday Events - Queens
Holiday Tree Lighting & Candle Lighting Events in Corona - also see Jackson Heights
* Kwanzaa Celebration at Langston Hughes Cultural Center & Library Corona
Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11 am - 8 pm
Located at the Langston Hughes Cultural Center at 100-01 Northern Blvd in Corona.
The day includes a crafts fair, a Kwanzaa film screening, greeting and libation at 12 noon, afternoon crafts & lamp making workshops, musical performances including jazz, storytelling and an artist talk all which continue through the day. This is a free Queens Kwanzaa and holiday celebration in Corona / Jackson Heights.
* Queens Museum Holiday Celebration in Corona Plaza
[No Update 2017 / Appears discontinued] Friday, December 4, 2015 beginning at 6.30 pm
Corona Plaza holiday tree lighting event and Latin cultural Christmas celebration and market at Corona Plaza at 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue.
The festivities include Santa, entertainment, refreshments and tree lighting in Corona Plaza. This Corona holiday tree lighting, Christmas celebration, was a collaboration of QEDC & Queens Museum & Friends of Corona Plaza.
* Louis Armstrong House Christmas Tree Lighting in Corona
[No Update 2017 / Appears discontinued] Wednesday, December 9, 2015 beginning at 6.30 pm
There's a tree lighting in Corona at 104th Street and 46th Avenue.
This holiday events & Christmas tree lighting celebration in Corona Queens was sponsored by the Perna Foundation for Kids & the Louis Armstrong House.
ALSO SEE FLUSHING BELOW
III. Flushing Hanukkah, Christmas & Holiday Events
Holiday Lights Celebration, Menorah Lighting & Tree Lighting in Flushing
* Flushing BID Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration & Party
[Checking / Awaiting 2017 info] Monday, November 16, 2015
[This is 2015 info] 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.
* Flushing Town Hall Holiday Celebrations in Queens
Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 1 to 5 pm
From 1 pm to 5 pm Flushing Town Hall is hosting a holiday celebration with historic house tours in collaboration with the six other historic sites in the Flushing / Corona neighborhoods. Tickets may be purchased via their website at www.flushingtownhall.org - $20 / $15.
* Queens Botanical Gardens Holiday Celebration Flushing
Walk through the garden, enjoy live musical performances, photos with Santa (fee), garden tours, holiday crafts, tree lighting and sales at the Queens Botanical Gift Shop. Admission is free, but a $10 car park rate in effect, and note that only the photos with Santa require a fee.
* Flushing Holiday Historic House Tour - Queens Historical Sites
Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 1 pm - 5 pm
This historic holiday event begins at the Kingsland Homestead at 143-35 37th Avenue off Bowne Street in Weeping Beech Park. The historic house tour includes visitation at numerous colonial and other historic sites in Flushing Queens. Sites include 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.
Admission is $20 / $15 advance purchase and $5 for kids under 12. The tickets include refreshments served at the Flushing sites, and the Louis Armstrong House is also included, but is located further away - across the park / river in Corona.
ALSO SEE CORONA ABOVE
IV. Jackson Heights Hanukkah, Christmas & Holiday Events
Hanukkah Menorah Lighting, Holiday Tree Lighting & Kwanzaa Candle Lighting Events
* [CHECKING / Awaiting 2017 Info] CC Moore Homestead Playground Christmas Carols
Thursday, December 1, 2016 begins at 3.30 pm with the lighting at 5 pm
Community Board 4 and a number of local schools sing in the holiday season at the CC Moore Homestead Playground on Broadway between 82nd Street and 45th Avenue in Elmhurst.
* [CHECKING / Awaiting 2017 Info] Sukhi & Diversity Plaza Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2, 2016 beginning at 5.30 pm
Located at at Diversity Plaza at 37th Road and 73rd Street in Jackson Heights.
A celebration of multi-ethnic, multi-denominational peoples of the world as Americans. Diversity Plaza lights up the holiday season and American diversity of multicultural and interfaith peoples, there will be a tree lighting and other activities. Hosted by SUKHI NY and Friends of Diversity Plaza, of which JHBG is a member, and numerous other socially active organizations including Chhaya.
* Queens Holiday Chorals - Handel's Messiah in Jackson Heights
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 begins at 7.30 pm
This Queens holiday choral concert is located at St. Mark's Church at 33-50 82nd Street at 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights.
The Jackson Heights Community Chorus is performing Handel's Messiah [$10].
* Jackson Heights Beautification Group Holiday Menorah, Tree & Candle Lighting Event
[Confirmed for this year but awaiting 2017 event details] Saturday, December 10, 2016 beginning at 4 pm
Located at the Jackson Heights Post Office on 37th Avenue between 78th & 79th Streets. This holiday menorah, tree and Kwanzaa lighting event includes refreshments and holiday singing for everybody in the community. Organized by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.
* Hanukkah Party in Jackson Heights
[UNCONFIRMED & No Update Yet for 2017] Saturday, December 12, 2015 beginning at 2.30 pm
Located at a 75th Street building between 35th and 37th Avenues.
This Hanukkah holiday event includes games, menorah making, songs, and stories in the community room. For more information call 718-569-1887 or email email@example.com.
* [Guesstimated 2017 / Awaiting Confirmation] Jackson Heights Orchestra Holiday Concert in Queens
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 begins at 7.30 pm
This Queens holiday concert is located at St. Mark's Church at 33-50 82nd Street at 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights.
The Jackson Heights Orchestra Holiday Concert is free but donation of $10 / $5 suggested. Their schedule is oftentimes announced on the www.jhbg.org website.
* A Queens Yuletide Concert in Jackson Heights
Saturday, December 16, 2017 beginning at 7 pm
This Queens holiday concert is located at St. Mark's Church at 33-50 82nd Street in Jackson Heights.
The Queens Consort (www.queensconsort.com) is performing a holiday concert on Baroque period instruments [$15 / $20 at the door].
* [Guesstimated 2017 / Awaiting Confirmation] A Queens Holiday Caroling / Sing-Along in Jackson Heights
Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 7 - 10 pm
This Queens Christmas caroling event begins in front of Cassidy's at 31st Avenue and 75th Street in Elmhurst / Jackson Heights regardless of weather.
V. Jamaica Kwanzaa, Christmas & Holiday Events
Holiday Lighting Events in Jamaica & Kwanzaa Candle Lighting in Queens
* [CHECKING / Awaiting 2017 Info] Jamaica Holiday Tree Lighting at Rufus King Park
Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 3 to 6 pm
The Cultural Collaborative is hosting a holiday tree lighting event in Rufus King Park with holiday songs, hot chocolate, cookies and a lot of multi-ethnic, all religions warmth. Free.
* [Confirmed date / Awaiting additional info] Holiday on the Avenue
Saturday, December 9, 2017 from TBD
A holiday celebration along the Jamaica Avenue shopping district. Organized by the Jamaica Center BID in conjunction with Cultural Collaborative.
* Kwanzaa Celebration in Jamaica
[I believe these are cancelled because their telephone # isn't working] Friday, December 30, 2016 from 4 - 10 pm
[2016 / Last Year Info] The annual Kwanzaa celebration organized by the Afrikan Poetry Theatre will be held at the Jamaica Center for Performing Arts at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue in Queens. There will be crafts and food vendors, as well as music, dance and a candle lighting. Admission $10 / $5 kids.
VI. Long Island City LIC Hanukkah, Christmas & Holiday Events
Long Island City / LIC Holiday Lightings & Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Celebrations in LIC
* [Awaiting 2017 Info] Hunters Point Community Development Tree Lighting
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 beginning at 6 pm
Located at the Vernon Mall at 50-11 Vernon Blvd at 50th Avenue in LIC. JVB.
* [Awaiting 2017 Info] Long Island City Holiday Celebrations in Queens
Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 4.30 to 6.30 pm
Located at the corner of 45-58 Vernon Blvd [LIC Bar].
This Long Island City celebration includes storytelling, singing & a snow flake lighting. The event is hosted by the Long Island City Partnership.
[Awaiting 2017 info] Long Island City Menorah Lighting & Party in Queens
Friday, December 9, 2016 begins at 4.10 pm
Located at 10-49 48th Avenue.
In the past they've hosted potato latkes, music, doughnuts and photos w/ a dreidel mascot for [prospective] members.
* Scrooge & Marley Theatrical Holiday Reading / Let It Snow Classical Concert
Saturday, December 9, 2017 begins at 12 noon & 3 pm
Located at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Ave in LIC.
- Scrooge & Marley is a reading of a theatrical adaptation about Dickens famous story about Scrooge. Free.
- The Let It Snow concert with Silas Huff accompanied by the Astoria Symphony Orchestra. Tickets $30 / $10 at www.lpac.nyc.
VII. Sunnyside & Ridgewood Christmas & Holiday Events
Holiday Lights Events in Sunnyside & Christmas Tree Lighting Events in Sunnyside
* Sunnyside Shines BID Holiday Lighting Celebration
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 beginning at 6 pm
Located at the Sunnyside Arch on Queens Boulevard and 46th Street.
The Sunnyside Shines holiday event includes the Fabulous Fezziwig Carolers, the Sunnyside Youth Drum Corps, the McManus Irish Dancers, and a host of elected officials. There will be free hot chocolate, candy canes and visits with Santa Claus. But that's not all folks, local businesses are particularly excited about another special debut taking place that evening - the Sunnyside Shines Shop Local Holiday Passport. See their rotating ads to your right for details.
* Sunnyside Holiday Shopping Trolley
Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 12 noon to 8 pm
Board a free shopping trolley in Sunnyside for holiday shopping. Sunnyside Shines is sponsoring a nostalgic Holiday Shopping Trolley Tour that will bring shoppers to designated spots along Greenpoint Avenue and Queens Boulevard to shop and dine in the district. Throughout both days, select businesses will be hosting free gift-wrapping stations and kids’ craft stations, as well as giving out free samples to shoppers; a condensed performance of The Nutcracker Ballet by the Sunnyside Ballet Studio in Sunnyside’s Bliss Plaza will add to the festive atmosphere. See their rotating ads to your right for details.
* Sunnyside Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 begins at 6 pm
Located at 49th Street & Queens Blvd in Joe Sabba Park.
This Sunnyside holiday celebration includes a performance by the Sunnyside Drum Corps, free hot chocolate and some speeches. After the ceremony it's been traditional practice for the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce to head over to Dazies Restaurant on Queens Blvd for dinner.
* [Awaiting 2017 Info] St Nicholas Illumination & Carol Sing
Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 7 to 9 pm
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.
* Sunnyside Holiday Shopping Trolley
December 2, 2017 from 11 am to 8 pm - see details above on Nov 25th
* Sunnyside Holiday Concert in Queens
Saturday, December 16, 2017 beginning either 6 or 7 pm [Awaiting exact time]
Located at Sunnyside Reformed Church at 48th Street & Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside.
* [Awaiting 2017 Info] Skillman Avenue Holiday Lights & Winter Carnival
Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 4 to 8 pm
Located from 51st Street to 48th Street along Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside.
The tree lighting will be at 6 pm at Sunnyside Reformed Church. Arts, crafts, food, beverage and holiday singing. This Sunnyside holiday event in Queens is organized by the Skillman Project / Add to holiday markets this year [Jean Claret]?
* [Awaiting 2017 Info] Holiday Party For Children By 108th Precinct Sunnyside
Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 12 noon - 2 pm
At Sunnyside Community Services at 43-31 39th Street in Sunnyside. JVB Office.
ALSO SEE WOODSIDE BELOW
VIII. Ridgewood Holiday & Christmas Tree Lighting Events - Queens
* [Unconfirmed / Awating 2017 Info] Ridgewood Property Owners & Civic Assn Tree Lighting & Christmas Carols
Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 7 - 8 pm
Located at IS 93 located at 66-56 Forest Avenue between Madison and Woodbine Streets in the Auditorium.
This Queens Christmas tree lighting event includes the traditional tree lighting ceremony and caroling. Carols [maybe Polish & Romanian - not sure].
* Onderdonk House Holiday Celebration in Ridgewood
Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 12 noon to 5 pm
The Vande Ende Onderdonk House is located at 1820 Flushing Avenue in Ridgewood.
St. Nicholas Day is celebrated at the Onderdonk House in Ridgewood. Visit with St. Nicholas, learn the Dutch legend, see the historic exhibit, and enjoy holiday singing, sweets and treats, ornaments and crafts. Donation $5.00, children free.
IX. Whitestone Holiday Events - Queens
* [Event Confirmed / Awaiting 2017 details] 3rd Annual Holiday Lights Celebration
Thursday, November 30, 2017 begins at 4 pm - with the tree lighting at 5 pm
At Harpell's Pharmacy Lot at 12-65 150th Street in Whitestone.
Whitestone is reported to have some of the best holiday lights / decorated homes in Queens.
X. Woodside Christmas & Holiday Events - Queens
Holiday Events & Christmas Tree Lighting Events in Woodside
* Tree Lighting Celebration by Woodside on the Move
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 6 to 9 pm
Located at Sohncke Park along Roosevelt Avenue at 58th Street across from St. Sebastian's Church in Woodside. There's caroling and dancing by three local public schools - PS11, PS152 & PS361 - along with the kids from St. Sebastians, hot chocolate, a visit by Santa and some speeches.
This Woodside Christmas celebration / tree lighting event is organized by Woodside on the Move.
* [Event Confirmed / Awaiting 2017 Details] Holiday Tree Lighting in Woodside Christ Lutheran Church
Sunday, December 3, 2017 beginning at 6 pm
This Queens holiday event / Christmas tree lighting is located at Christ Lutheran Church Christmas at 58th Street and Broadway in Woodside.
Last year it included the Manton Family and performances by Manny Perez and the Golliard Singers.
ALSO SEE SUNNYSIDE ABOVE
Queens Holiday Events & Things To Do NYC
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