A Merry & Bright Holiday Season


The neighborhood is about to look a lot brighter and jolly. As we celebrate the holiday season, there will be several holiday lighting ceremonies taking place around town.

Breezy Point will kick off the season with the 34th Annual Breezy Point Cooperative Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 1, beginning at 6 p.m. Pointers will join at the Rockaway Point Commercial Area to light a 30-foot tree provided by Shannon Florists.  The event will include hot chocolate, cookies, snacks for everyone, and festive spiked beverages for the adults.

Christmas is coming to Beach 116th Street on Saturday, December 2.  From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., join for the annual lighting of the Beach 116th Street Christmas tree, presented by the Beach 116th Street business owners and the Rockaway Civic Association. There will be caroling, hot chocolate, the blessing and lighting of the tree and a special visit by Santa Claus himself.  The event will take place near the firehouse.

Broad Channel will celebrate on Sunday, December 3, with their own Christmas Tree Lighting outside of the Broad Channel Athletic Club (125 Cross Bay Boulevard). The night kicks off at 5 p.m. and will feature performances by the PS 47 chorus, the Broad Channel Girl Scout Troop and Thomasina Dance Company. There will be treats and a visit from Santa as the clubhouse tree is lit for the season. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for Debbie O’Connor's holiday gift drive for the Hematology/Oncology department at Cohen’s Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House.

On Monday, December 4, the Little North Pole will light up again for two special groups of kids. In the morning, about 500 children with autism will be visiting Joe Mure’s Neponsit home (144-03 Neponsit Avenue), and at night, members of the St. Camillus Special Olympics program will be treated to their own lighting starting at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, December 9, the Rockaway Beach Civic Association is hosting their tree lighting event in front of Peninsula Library (92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard). DJ Paddy Tubz will emcee the event, while Mrs. Elaine’s School of Dance and House on the Rock Church will perform. There will also be hot chocolate, goodies from Madelaine Chocolate Company and a visit from someone from the North Pole as the tree is lit.

On Tuesday, December 12, all are welcome to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with the lighting of the Beach 116th Street menorah. Starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be cantor singing, hot chocolate and the blessing and lighting of the menorah near Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Some other local events won’t feature a lighting, but there will be a visit from the big man in red. On Friday, December 1, at 6 p.m., the 100th Precinct Community Council is hosting a movie night with Santa at St. Camillus (185 Beach 99th Street). Families will get to watch The Polar Express with Santa himself. Snacks will be on hand. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy as a donation. On Sunday, December 10, Rockaway WISH is inviting Santa for a special event at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club (533 Beach 126th Street). There will be opportunities for pictures with Santa, face-painting, and crafts and treats for the kids. Admission is free, but food items will be collected for a local food pantry.

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