Holiday Lightings & Things To Do In Queens
Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Candle Lightings, & Kwanzaa in Queens
December 2013 / Astoria / Long Island City LIC / Sunnyside / Woodside / Jackson Heights / Corona / Flushing / Jamaica / / Queens Buzz. 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. Each lighting is a bit different, as some are community and business-oriented, some are religiously oriented, a few have art organizations behind them, and some are backed by non-religious cultural organizations. And if I missed any, please let me know.
This is not meant to be a complete list, but rather a list of the holiday lighting events of which I’ve become aware since 2007. The holiday lighting events are organized by Queens neighborhood. Many include the serving of some beverage like hot chocolate and generally something to eat like cookies.
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Astoria Holiday Lightings – Christmas Tree Lightings & Celebrations in Astoria
December 6: Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Astoria
Begins at 7 pm at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden.
Holiday Tree Lighting Events in Corona
December 7 OR 8, 2013 [UNCONFIRMED]
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 pm.
December 14: Kwanzaa Celebrations
From 10.30 am - 7.30 pm at the Langston Hughes Cultural Center in Corona.
Holiday Lights Celebration in Flushing – Flushing Holiday Lights
November 18: Flushing BID Tree Lighting
Began at xyz at Queens Crossing Mall.
December 1: Hanukkah Celebration
December 4: Flushing Holiday Lighting
At 7 pm at the Flushing Library on Main Street & Kissena.
IV. Jackson Heights
Holiday Tree Lighting Events in Jackson Heights & Kwanzaa
December 1: Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
From 5 - 6 pm at Jackson Heights Post Office on 37th Avenue between 78th & 79th Streets.
December 14 & 15: Diversity Plaza - Jackson Heights by Sukhi NY
On 12/14 at 12 noon. A coat drive for the needy. On 12/15 the Punjabi Church does a performance as part of a festival with light and music beginning around 6 pm [timing unconfirmed - will update closer in].
December 11: Christmas Tree Lighting - Jackson Heights Beautification Group
Begins at 5 pm at Jackson Heights Post Office on 37th Avenue between 78th & 79th Streets.
Holiday Lighting Events in Jamaica & Kwanzaa in Queens
December 14: Jamaica Holiday Tree Lighting by Jamaica Center
From 6 - 10 pm at 89th Avenue and 153rd Street in Jamaica.
December 28, 2013 [UNCONFIRMED]
From 1 - 8 pm. Kwanzaa celebration at the Afrikan Poetry Theatre on Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica Queens.
VI. Long Island City LIC
Long Island City / LIC Holiday Lightings – Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Celebrations in LIC
December 5: Holiday Celebration
From 5.30 - 8.30 pm at 5-26 45th Avenue in LIC.
December 10: Hunters Point Community Development Tree Lighting
Begins at 6 pm [awaiting confirmation] at Vernon Blvd and 50th Avenue in LIC.
December 1, 2013 [UNCONFIRMED]
Hanukkah Chabad at PS 78 at 48-09 Center Blvd in LIC, begins at 12 noon. Admission $10 person / $40 / family. 3rd Annual Menorah Lighting begins at Gantry Park Plaza at 3 pm.
VII. Sunnyside & Ridgewood
Holiday Lights Events in Sunnyside – Christmas Tree Lighting Events in Sunnyside
November 19: Holiday Lights
At 6 pm. The Sunnyside Chamber and Sunnyside Shines are hosting a holiday celebration with the Sunnyside Drum Corps at 46th Street & Queens Blvd. Admission free.
December 4: St Nicholas Illumination & Carol Sing
December 8, 2013 [UNCONFIRMED]
Polish & Romanian Carols at the Ridgewood Library from 5 - 6 pm.
December 14: Holiday Party For Children By 108th Precinct
From 12 noon - 2 pm at Sunnyside Community Services at 43-31 39th Street in Sunnyside.
Holiday Lights Events in Woodside – Christmas Tree Lighting Events in Woodside
December 3: Skillman Ave Street Lights
At 7 pm at 50th Street and Skillman Ave in Sunnyside.
December 7: Tree Lighting Celebration by Woodside on the Move
Begins at 6 pm at Sohncke Park in Woodside.
December 1, 2013
Christ Lutheran Church Christmas Tree Lighting in Woodside. Begins at 6 pm.
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