Holiday house lighting tradition

Bet you didn’t know that the North Pole is right here in Queens – in Neponsit Beach.

On Saturday, December 5 (rain date Sunday, December 6), the Mure family will officially light “The Little North Pole,” located at 144-03 Neponsit Avenue in Neponsit Beach. The annual tradition benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and children’s diabetes centers.

“We light ‘The Little North Pole’ for two reasons,” said Joe Mure. “First, we hope to put a smile on every child’s face and give them a memory of Christmas that we hope will last all their lives; and secondly, we hope to help this special group of children.”

With live entertainment – including emcee Goomba Johnny from WKTU, Angelo Venuto, Tony Sirico (“Paulie Walnuts” from “The Sopranos”), Judy Torres, Kevin Covias of “American Idol” – and others, the evening, which kicks off with a pre-show at 5:30 p.m., will also feature toys, drinks and food for all.

Donations will be accepted, and the special guest of honor will be Santa Claus.

The event is fun for children of all ages.