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How to celebrate the holiday season in Queens

The Woodhaven BID’s tree lighting

BY ECLEEN CARABALLO

From holiday markets, to historic house tours, to tree lightings and more, these events are just some of the ways to feel festive in Queens this season.

LIC Holiday Market
When: Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 5-25 46th Ave., LIC
The LIC Flea Market will take over two floors, where will you will be able to visit your old favorite outdoor vendors, as well as meet new ones. There will be boutiques featuring clothes, art, soaps, jewelry, furnishings, accessories, delicious treats and more. There will also be live music, a beer garden and a chance to take pictures with Santa.

Sabba Park Snowflake Lighting & AcapellaQ Caroling
When: Dec. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: 48th Street and Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside
The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce invites you to welcome the holiday season with cookies, Santa and caroling by AcapellaQ. There will be traditional carols at the park, and then a procession to 46th Bliss St. Station Plaza for more caroling.

The Woodhaven BID’s Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony
When: Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Forest Parkway Plaza, intersection of Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue
At this year’s lighting ceremony there will be costumed characters and a surprise visit from Santa Claus as part of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s “Holidays in Woodhaven Weekend.”

Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade
When: Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Woodhaven Manor, 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue
The parade will proceed along Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue to Dexter Court, and free goodies and Santa hats will be distributed at the beginning and at the end of the parade.

Holiday Happening
When: Dec. 6, from noon to 3 p.m.
Where: George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive
Celebrate the holiday season with crafts, music, games and a surprise visitor.

Wreathmaking Workshop
When: Dec. 6, 7
Where: 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park
Make an evergreen wreath with friends at workshops that are being held at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. at the Queens County Farm Museum. Admission is $20 per person. All materials are provided; you only need to bring a garden shear.

Flushing Historic House Tour and Holiday Market
When: Dec. 7, 1 p.m.
Where: 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
You’re invited to visit seven historic sites in Flushing and learn about their unique histories as you celebrate the holiday season this year. Each site will offer special activities and refreshments, and a trolley will take visitors from one historic house to the next. Flushing Town Hall is also having their first Holiday Market where there will be artists and crafts from the Queens area selling their wares in the gallery from 1 to 5 p.m. during the tour. There will be paintings, paper goods, jewelry, handcrafted ceramics and more. Tickets are $25/$20 in advance for adults, and $10 for children 12 and under. For tickets or more information call the Queens Historical Society at 718-939-0647.

Winter Solstice Celebration and Tree Lighting
When: Dec. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
Get in the holiday spirit with an afternoon of holiday celebrations filled with family fun, including a winter garden tour, live musical performances and a tree lighting ceremony. Garden admission is free.

Hands-on History: Deck the Halls
When: Dec. 13, from noon to 3 p.m.
Where: King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
On this special holiday tour of the museum, learn how the King family celebrated the season and create your own winter and holiday decorations.

Citi Field Winter Fest
When: Dec. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave.
The New York Mets and Metropolitan Hospitality are hosting the first Winter Fest at Citi Field. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of family fun activities including winter arts and crafts, mascot appearances and more. Family-friendly activities at the event will include a meet and greet with Santa, cookie decorating, fan photo opportunities and holiday caroling. There will also be festive food and beverages for sale, including a specialty eggnog and winter beer. Tickets for Winter Fest are $10 for adults and $7 for children and can be purchased online at Mets.com/WinterFest. Free parking is available in Lot G for ticket-holders.

Hands-on History: Deck the Halls
When:Dec. 13, from noon to 3 p.m.
Where: King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
On this special holiday tour of the museum, learn how the King family celebrated the season and create your own winter and holiday decorations.

Winter Holiday Festival
When: Dec. 14 at 1 p.m.
Where: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
This free art-making workshop is family-friendly and a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa with activities geared toward each holiday. Storyteller Robin Bady will share her favorite stories, Timothy Bellavia will help you create beautiful Christmas wreaths using recycled fabrics and ribbons that will be donated to local senior centers in Queens, and storyteller Tammy Hall will share tales from African traditions of the Kwanzaa season.

Holiday Open House
When: Dec. 26, 27 and 28, from 12 to 4 p.m.
Where: 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park
Enjoy tours of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at the Queens County Farm Museum’s annual Holiday Open House. There will be craft activities for the kids to enjoy, and all visitors are welcomed with a cup of freshly mulled cider. Admission is free.

To submit holiday events to our online calendar, email events@queenscourier.com.

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