Holiday Fun Begins
Holiday lights will soon twinkle and shine throughout the season. Beach 116th Street will be the scene of one of the first celebrations. On Wednesday, December 4th at 4:30 p.m., all are invited for a tree and street lighting on the commercial strip, just in front of the firehouse. The evening will include performances by the PS/MS 114 Belle Harbor School Glee Club, Mrs. Elaine’s School of Dance, the St. Francis de Sales adult and child choir, Belle Harbor Music Studios and Annaclaire Delvecio. Special guest speakers and Santa Claus will also be making an appearance. Complimentary refreshments will be available.
With Hanukkah starting the day before Thanksgiving this year, Rockaway’s Menorah Lighting on Beach 116th Street was set to take place on Wednesday, November 27th but it was postponed due to inclement weather. However, Hanukkah continues through Thursday, December 5th, giving residents more opportunities to see the menorah lit up on the commercial street.
On Saturday, December 7th at 4 p.m., the Rockaway Beach Civic Association will be holding a tree lighting ceremony and holiday concert in front of the library at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The House on the Rock ensemble and choir will perform while refreshments like hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows, cookies and s’mores will be available. This non-denominational event is open to all.
Following the Rockaway Beach Civic lighting, Rockaway’s own Little North Pole at 144-03 Neponsit Avenue will be lit up in a ceremony starting at 5 p.m. The annual lighting, hosted by Joe Mure, will include live entertainment, drinks, food and toys for all kids, brought by Santa Claus himself. Guests include Goumba Johnny of WKTU, Joe Causi of WCBS 101, Tony Sirico aka Paulie Walnuts of The Sopranos, Lucas Prata, Carol Douglas, Angelo Venuto, Christopher Maccho, LaSara and more. There will also be a drawing for a 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-250. In the event of rain, the lighting will be held Sunday, December 8th instead. All donations will go towards to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Pets can get in on the holiday fun as well. The Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness (ARF-ARF) will be holding a holiday party for dogs at the Freeway Dog Park on Beach 83rd Street starting at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 8th. Pet lovers will have an opportunity to let their pets take a picture with Santa Paws. Small dogs up to 20 pounds can enter a sled/cart pulling contest, starting at 4 p.m. There will be a holiday shop and gift wrap station and guests are welcome to bring other gifts that they need wrapped for a donation. The doggy holiday party will also have raffles, music and more. ARF-ARF is looking to light up the park for the winter season.
Visitors can donate $25 to have a string of lights dedicated in their pet’s honor and everyone who donates $10 is entered into a drawing for tickets to the premiere of Anchorman 2. All proceeds support the dog park.
Far Rockaway will be lit up on Thursday, December 12th. The holiday lighting ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Beach 20th Street and Mott and Central Avenues. Elected officials and community leaders will be present. The event is sponsored by National Grid, Dunkin Donuts, the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation and Madelaine Chocolate. All are invited to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa at this holiday gathering.
The Rockaway Theatre Company will be celebrating the holidays with their show Inspecting Carol. Performances of this hilarious twist on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol begin December 6th at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden and continue through December 15th. Tickets can be reserved by calling 718-374-6400 or visiting www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org.