Holiday Highlights: Queens, NY Event Guide

Streets full of holidays lights

As the holiday season unfolds, Queens, New York, becomes a hub of festive activities and celebrations. Mark your calendars, because this December, the borough is set to dazzle with a lineup of exciting events. Here’s your guide to the must-attend holiday happenings in Queens, complete with dates and locations.


Winter Wonderland at Queens Botanical Garden
Date: Throughout December
Location: Queens Botanical Garden

Embark on a magical journey through the Winter Wonderland at the Queens Botanical Garden. Throughout December, the garden transforms into a captivating display of thousands of twinkling lights, art installations, and seasonal music. This immersive experience is perfect for families and nature enthusiasts alike. Check the official website for specific event dates, admission details, and any special activities or performances scheduled.


Queens Holiday Lights Tour
Date: Various dates throughout December
Location: Tours depart from multiple locations

Experience the festive brilliance of Queens with a Holiday Lights Tour. Various tours are available throughout December, departing from multiple locations. Join a guided tour that takes you through the beautifully decorated neighborhoods, highlighting the best of the borough’s holiday lights. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance and check for any additional activities or surprises along the route.


Astoria Holiday Market
Date: December 10th-12th
Location: Astoria

Experience the festive spirit at the Astoria Holiday Market, a three-day extravaganza from December 10th to 12th. Located in the heart of Astoria, this market showcases the talents of local artisans and makers. Explore a wide array of unique gifts, crafts, and delectable treats. The market also features live performances, creating a vibrant and cheerful atmosphere for visitors of all ages.


Made In Queens Market
Date: December 14th
Location: Bulova Corporate Center Atrium, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst

Explore the Made In Queens Market on December 14th. Hosted at the Bulova Corporate Center Atrium, this two-day market from 10 am to 2 pm on both days showcases borough makers offering a diverse range of items including accessories, art, bags, baked goods, candles, chocolate, clothing, hot sauce, Indian snacks, and jewelry.


Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Ice Skating Spectacular
Date: December 15th
Location: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Lace up your skates for a spectacular ice skating event at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on December 15th. Enjoy the thrill of gliding on the ice surrounded by the iconic landmarks of Queens. This family-friendly event includes skating sessions for all skill levels, hot cocoa stations, and seasonal music to create a festive ambiance.


Ebenezer Scrooge Stars in ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Three Queens Theaters
Date: December 21st
Locations: Queensborough Performing Arts Center

Be enchanted by the timeless tale of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ featuring Ebenezer Scrooge in three Queens theaters. Every year, Ebenezer Scrooge sees the light and gets into the holiday spirit. But in 2023, he does it in three distinct Queens venues.


Jackson Heights Christmas Parade

Date: December 23rd
Location: Starts at 37th Avenue and 89th Street, Jackson Heights, NY

Get into the holiday spirit with the Jackson Heights Christmas Parade. Watch as the streets come alive with festive floats, marching bands, and holiday cheer. The parade is a beloved tradition that brings the community together to celebrate the magic of Christmas.


Queens Farm Holiday Market
Date: December 24th
Location: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks

For savvy shoppers, the Queens Farm Holiday Market on December 24th is a must-visit. Open from 10 am to 5 pm, this market at the Queens County Farm Museum offers an array of trees, wreaths, poinsettias, and unique gifts. Plan your visit and enjoy a festive shopping experience in the heart of Queens.


New Year’s Eve Bash in Long Island City
Date: December 31st
Location: Long Island City

Bid farewell to the year at the New Year’s Eve Bash in Long Island City on December 31st. This lively event features live music, delicious cuisine, and a breathtaking view of the fireworks as you welcome the dawn of a new year. Check the event’s official website for ticket information, entertainment lineup, and any special New Year’s Eve activities planned.


Queens, New York, is set to enchant you with a December filled with festive joy. Whether you’re into cultural celebrations, winter markets, or dazzling light displays, there’s something for everyone in the diverse borough of Queens. Don’t miss out on these exciting events – make this December a month to remember in the heart of New York City.