Beach 144th Street and Neponsit Avenue will be bright with lights and surrounded by crowds and good cheer as The Little North Pole has its grand lighting on Dec. 4.
For over 21 years, Neponsit resident Joe Mure will put on a holiday show that has become a Rockaway tradition. The house at 144- 03 Neponsit Ave. will be covered in lights and decorations from roof to lawn and will sport some elaborate Christmas displays.
Starting with a pre-show at 2 p.m. and continuing with a holiday show at 3, a full roster of entertainment will lead up to the awaited moment when the switch is thrown to light up the whole house.
Each year, Mure mounts this spectacular Christmas display and hosts special events to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Little North Pole is expected to raise nearly $150,000. Since its inception, it has raised nearly $2 million to improve the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes.
A wide variety of food, beverages and desserts are available for the generally huge crowds that gather for the event. Food and drink vendors line the block, offering items like Irish coffee, sausage and peppers, and Philly cheese steaks, all donated by local businesses.
There will be raffles for top shelf prizes. There will also be toys from Santa.
From the stage radio personalities ‘Goumba Johnny’ Sialiano, from WKTU-FM, and Joe Causi, from WCBS-FM, will be sharing MC duties.
There will be local talent; singing and dance groups from Rockaway, enhancing the dazzling display, which is visited by thousands and is generally up till early January.
As he does every year, Mure is looking forward to raising an even bigger amount for Juvenile Diabetes.
Donations may be made at www2.jdrf.org/goto/littlenorthpole.