Lining up plans for the holidays? Well, no need to leave the peninsula as the Rock is teeming with fabulous Santa visits, music, theater, arts and not to mention — shopping! Get the 411 in The Rockaway Times’ Good Times page.



Friday, December 7

8 p.m.

Guess what’s poppin’ at Rustwoods tonight! It’s the debut of the popular local hotspot’s Hip Hop Karaoke! The winner gets to don the majestic Biggie Smalls crown with the title of Rustwoods Hip Hop Karaoke Champion of the Week, plus the added bonus? A pot full of money! Registration is $20. To sign up, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: (347) 927-5890.

97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd.


Friday, December 7

9 p.m.

Folks, it’s Friday night, so why not head to Rogers? With Rockaway’s popular classic rock family band, The Wades, on the entertainment lineup, you’ll be grooving on the dance floor, saluting with a good pint or just a suggestion — a boozing-ly soothing hot toddy!

203 Beach 116th Street


Saturday, December 8

5:30 p.m.

This evening, Kennedy’s serves up a holiday special treat featuring the Linda Lorenzo Duo. Be prepared to be dazzled as Linda and Paddy Lorenzo offer an unforgettable experience of fine selections from the Great American Songbook, blues, classic rock, soul and your favorite holiday tunes.

406 Bayside Walk, Breezy Point


Saturday, December 8

9 p.m.

Return to Rogers tonight to catch none other than Identity Theft. These guys will have you rocking out ‘til the early morning hours.

203 Beach 116th Street


Saturday, December 8

9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Looking for a local hotspot, where comfort food, drinks and music are endlessly flowing all night? Well roll up on RBB, and find out why no one leaves hungry or thirsty at RBQ Rockaway Beach. And tonight — with local singer-songwriter Gerald Bair on the entertainment lineup — be prepared to be spellbound with his powerful voice and enchanting storytelling.

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd.


Sunday, December 9

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Looking to add some much-needed sweet vibes to your Sunday evening, before you start stressing out about Monday. Well, head to Thai Rock as the Rooftoppers will be kicking a#$ at Thai Rock. With a lineup of Simon Chardiet, Mike Severino, Tim Givens, Steady Freddy — get ready for a classic night of bebop, jazz and blues.

375 Beach 92nd Street



8 p.m.

It’s Karaoke Wednesdays at the Rockaway Brewing Company! All you need is some pluck and of course your voice to belt out your favorite tunes amongst good company.

415 Beach 72nd Street




Baby, it’s cold outside, but grab your kids and your adult bffs too, as Mr. Claus is making some special trips in the Rock!


Saturday, December 8

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Rockaway Beach Civic Association recruited Ol’ Saint Nick to make a special appearance outside the Peninsula Library. Plus with crafts, snacks and hot chocolate up for grabs, everyone will be ho-ho-ho-ing!

92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd.


Saturday, December 8

4 p.m.

Mr. Claus is certainly showing his Rockaway love, as he will also be giving out presents at the Little North Pole in Neponsit with local Joe Mure, who annually opens up his home to bring holiday cheer to everyone near and far, all in the spirit of benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Plus with the added excitement of the Mure’s Little North Pole win on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” this is one grand holiday treat you won’t want to miss!

144-03 Neponsit Ave.


Friday, December 14

6 p.m.

We’re giving a special heads up on this one as admission is free, but a donation of an unwrapped children’s toy is encouraged, so you have some time to shop! Santa is coming out for a movie night hosted by the 100th Precinct Community Council. This event at St. Camillus includes a screening of classic Home Alone, treats and snacks, and a visit from Santa Claus himself after the film!

185 Beach 99th Street




Looking for that special holiday gift? Forget the savage department store shopping. Why not buy comfortably here on the Rock, with the added bonus of supporting local artisans at various pop-ups around town!


Friday, December 7

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Still checking off your holiday list? Well, head to PS/MS 114 Alumni Association’s uber-spectacular Holiday Shopping Night. With over 40 vendors hawking their beautiful goods, you’ll leave with something special that can’t be topped by a generic department store item.

400 Beach 135th Street


Saturday, December 8,

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 9,

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Camillus Catholic Academy’s Holiday Boutique is going to be a sight to behold. With over 50 vendors selling a plethora of gift items, you may need to come with Santa’s gigantic bag to carry them all home. And the biggest bonus? You’re supporting local artisans right here in Rockaway!

185 Beach 99th Street


Saturdays & Sundays

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hosted by Rockapulcorun, Glider’s Holiday Market will feel as though you stepped into an eclectic village featuring an assortment of handcrafted items, and those with a sugary tooth, will be in pastry heaven with treats from the Holiday Dessert Outlet. Plus Fit Food Kitchen will be open. Happening every weekend until December 23.

114-04 Beach Channel Drive (in the parking lot)


Thursday, December 13

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Belle Harbor Yacht Club’s Holiday Boutique is a big one. Not only will you able to score that special gift from two floors featuring 40+ vendors selling clothing, art, accessories, jewelry, culinary delights, skin products, designer eyewear, and more! — You’ll get to make a fete out of the experience as there will be live music, 50/50 and gift raffles, and bar!

533 Beach 126th Street



Saturdays and Sundays

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t miss the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s final show of the year, Gifted, and their annual holiday art exhibition, Celebrations, featuring the unique works from RAA members. Both Gifted and Celebrations will be on view every weekend through December 16. For further info, visit:

the sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden.


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