Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's with our festive family events in Queens!!
Saturday, December 1
SONGS OF THE SEASON WITH THE ST. LUKE'S CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE: Enjoy your favorite holiday songs with the St. Luke's Contemporary Ensemble, a lively group of pastoral singers and musicians who have been performing for over 35 years. The group will perform a variety of holiday season music from spiritual to secular, from classic to contemporary. 2pm. Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street. 718-661-1212; www.queenslibrary.org.
WILD HOLIDAY PARTY: The holidays come early for the animals at the Queens Zoo, with Wild Holiday Party: Presents to the Animals. The program invites visitors to watch the zoo's residents devour holiday treats. Weekends. Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th Street, Flushing. 718-271-1500; www.queenszoo.com.
Sunday, December 2
THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Come learn about the history and traditions of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Discover why people light candles on a menorah and what a dreidel does. Make your own hand-painted menorah and dreidel to take home. 3pm. Ages 5 and up. $3 with museum admission. Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City. 1-516-224-5828. www.licm.org.
SHIRLALA CHANUKAH: Join Shira performs a lively storytelling of Judah Maccabee and the Chanukah miracle, followed by spirited and dynamic holiday music in many styles: Traditional, Middle Eastern, Ladino, Yiddish, Jazzy Lounge, Rock-n-roll, and Hip Hop! 2pm. Ages 4-12. $10. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside. 718-631-6311. www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac.
Monday, December 3
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Actor/writer and director Greg Oliver Bodine enacts Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale of a London miser's redemption. 2pm. Middle Village Library, 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue, 718-326-1390; www.queenslibrary.org.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CRAFT WORKSHOP: Iris Lopez incorporates the use of candles as symbols of the three December Jewish, Christian, and African American holidays. 4pm. Pomonok Library, 158-21 Jewel Avenue, 718-591-4343; www.queenslibrary.org.
Wednesday, December 5
HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP: Participants celebrate the season of giving by creating holiday crafts to share with friends and family. 3:30pm. Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway, 718-721-2462; www.queenslibrary.org.
Saturday, December 8
23rd ANNUAL KWANZAA CELEBRATION: Take the whole family to the 23rd annual day-long festive cultural event to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa, co-sponsored by the Queens Borough President's Office. 10am-8pm. Florence E. Smith Community Center, 102-19 34th Avenue, Corona. 718-651-1100; www.queenslibrary.org.
WREATHMAKING WORKSHOPS: Make a beautiful evergreen wreath. All materials provided, just bring a garden shear. To register call (718) 347-3276 ext. 10 (Advance payment required) 10am, 12pm, 2pm. All ages. $15. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. 718-347-3276 Ext 10.
Monday, December 10
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CRAFT WORKSHOP: See December 3.
Wednesday , December 12
WINTER HOLIDAY STORY & CRAFT: Listen to a winter holiday story and make a craft to take home. Ages 6-11. 4pm. Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, 718-990-0767; www.queenslibrary.org.
Friday, December 14
HOLIDAY CARD WORKSHOP: Kids and teens in grades 5 and up learn how to create and personalize their own holiday cards with artist Geraldine Benfante. 4pm. East Elmhurst Library, 95-06 Astoria Boulevard, 718-424-2619; www.queenslibrary.org.
Saturday, December 15
VOICE OF CHRISTMAS: A CONCERT WITH UNCLE YAO'S CHORUS: The chorus brings the Voice of Christmas for all to enjoy, featuring not only quartets, duets and solos, but a magician and Santa Claus himself, with presents for all children who have been "nice and not naughty." 2pm. Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, 718-661-1212; www.queenslibrary.org.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Actor/writer and director Greg Oliver Bodine enacts Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale of a London miser's redemption.Woodhaven Library, 85-41 Forest Parkway, (718) 849-1010; www.queenslibrary.org.
CHRISTMAS IN GERMANY: For many people in central Europe, Christmas is a special holiday with traditions that go back hundreds of years. Join the Long Island Children's Museum to explore the customs and practices that are observed in Germany, and learn about ornaments made of glass. Experience some of these age-old traditions and create a unique handpainted glass ornament to take home. 3pm. Ages 7 and up. $3 with museum admission. 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City. 1-516-224-5828. www.licm.org.
Sunday , December 16
LATKES AND LIGHTS!: The days are getting shorter and so the need for lights and latkes! Come enjoy the festivities of winter at QBG's event, Latkes and Lights, where yummy potato patties with applesauce fill up your tummy in the cold winter months. Enjoy latkes and then learn how to compost the food scraps. 1pm-3pm. All ages. FREE. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St in Flushing, Queens. www.queensbotanical.org.
Monday, December 17
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CRAFT WORKSHOP: See December 3.
Thursday, December 20
WINTER HOLIDAY CRAFT: Children ages 3-12 utilize the arts and crafts table to create a holiday project. 3:30pm. Howard Beach Library, 92-06 156 Avenue, 718-641-7086; www.queenslibrary.org.
MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE: Children help make an edible gingerbread house. All materials supplied. Pre-registration required. 4pm. Ages 7 and up. McGoldrick Library, 155-06 Roosevelt Ave. (off Northern Blvd), 718-461-1616; www.queenslibrary.org.
Friday , December 21
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Christmas Carol captures both the humorous and touching moments of the classic story with witty dialogue and fresh new songs, conveying Dickens' original message that the holiday season should be a "kind, forgiving, charitable time," a sentiment which still rings true today (show is approximately one hour in length). Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2pm. All ages. $15, children $12. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens. 7184637700. www.flushingtownhall.org.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Christmas Carol captures both the humorous and touching moments of the classic story with witty dialogue and fresh new songs, conveying Dickens' original message that the holiday season should be a "kind, forgiving, charitable time," a sentiment which still rings true today (show is approximately one hour in length). Runs December 21-22; Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2pm. All ages. $15, children $12. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens. 7184637700. www.flushingtownhall.org.
Saturday, December 22
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Actor/writer and director Greg Oliver Bodine enacts Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale of a London miser's redemption.Auburndale Library, 25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard, 718-352-2027; www.queenslibrary.org.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: See December 21.
Wednesday , December 26
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Enjoy tours of the decorated farmhouse, craft activity for children and mulled cider. 12pm-4pm. All ages. FREE. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. 718-347-3276 ext 10. www.queensfarm.org.
Thursday, December 27
NEW YEAR'S ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids celebrate a bit early with noise makers that they create, and make a calendar for 2008. 4pm. Hillcrest Library, 187-05 Union Turnpike, 718-454-2786; www.queenslibrary.org.
Monday, December 31
COUNTDOWN TO 12!: Join the Long Island Children's Museum for their holiday tradition: a kid-centered New Year's party where children learn about how people around the world celebrate the New Year! The day will be filled with fun arts and crafts from around the world. Kids will explore colorful traditions from Europe, Asia and the Americas. The museum will be ringing in the New Year all day long as they prepare for 2008. 12pm-4:45pm. All ages. FREE with museum admission. 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City. 516-224-5828. www.licm.org.