QNS Weekender: Six things to do in Queens this Thanksgiving weekend

A young child runs through the display of the NYC Winter Lantern Festival at Queens County Farm Museum on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

This Thanksgiving weekend in Queens will be one to remember with the array of events curated for families and friends to kick off the holiday season with festivity and delight. You can bring your family to a Holiday Workshop or the Winter Lantern Festival, or invite your friends to enjoy a Thanksgiving jazz show or a painting session. This weekend list has it all with the aim of spreading the holiday cheers.

Friday, Nov. 24

Illuminate the Farm

During every weekend until Jan. 7 and daily from Dec. 22 to Jan. 1, the Winter Lantern Festival is back to decorate this festive season with over 80 lanterns and 1,500 lights. This immersive experience will feature a bouncy house, sugar paintings, tunnels, swings, see-saws, and many more to interact with, along with hand-crafted artisan lanterns that will light up the sky with Chinese folklore creatures and animals.  (Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free for babies and toddlers, $17.99 for kids, $21.99 for adults)

Queens Farm Holiday Market

Families are invited to start the holiday season with the Queens County Farm Museum’s Holiday Market, where an assortment of Christmas wreaths, trees, poinsettias, and special gifts await. Staying until Dec. 24, guests will be able to choose from traditional games, QNS-made goods, and toys to help spread the festive spirit and joy. All sales proceeds are going towards aiding the School-to-Farm Education Program. (Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free for gate admission)

Saturday, Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Appreciation Concert

Come and celebrate what you are thankful for at this Thanksgiving concert of gratitude expressed through a night flushed with jazz music from Ed Jackson, who plays the saxophone, and his band featuring Bill Moring on bass, Yayoi Ikawa on piano, Steve Johns on drums and guest vocalist Melemel. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be made available, along with an opportunity to virtually attend the livestream performance. (Jackson Room next to Jackson Tax Service, 192-07 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Admission: Free)

The Comedown Room

The Stone Circle Theatre, a non-profit Creative and Cultural Performing Arts venue, is bringing guests an entertaining evening with Zack Alfasi, who will present the Comedown Room for their first show, with musical talents featured like Lightheaded, Starcleaner Reunion and Rew. (Stone Circle Theatre, 59-14 70th Ave., Ridgewood. 6 to 8 p.m. Admission: $14.74 for advance standard tickets, $16.80 for standard tickets)

Sunday, Nov. 26

Holiday Workshop: Sip & Paint for Kids

Families are invited to bring their children for a workshop that will allow them to explore their creativity and imagination through creating holiday-themed arts and crafts, socializing, refreshments and more, with an enthusiastic team of instructors. (SPACE 224, 224-03 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights. 2 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Admission: $39.47)

Fall Trees Reflected

Bring your friends to reserve a seat and canvas for this painting session with Painting with a Twist. This session features a candle-making experience for early birds and will require all reservations to submit a picture of their pet or an animal they like for confirmation. Snacks and refreshments, like beer, wines, and more, will be provided for sale. (Painting with a Twist, 97-14 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. 1 to 3 p.m. Admission: $39 for 11×14 canvases, $44 for 16×20 canvases)