Our Favorite Holiday Traditions in Greater Queens

Each year when the holiday season approaches, our dedicated team at Farenga Funeral Home loves nothing more than to celebrate with our neighbors throughout Queens and Astoria. Whether it’s sipping on hot chocolate while taking in a spectacle of lights or listening to festive live music, we think Greater Queens is the best place to be this time of year.

Get ready to mark your calendars because here are our favorite neighborhood holiday traditions:

Holiday Lights

An impressive 18-foot menorah is lit as part of Chanukah on the Park in Forest Hills. This year’s event occurs on Sunday, December 17. Guests can enjoy live music and dancing, and some of Brooklyn’s best eateries will be there serving up fresh jelly donuts and delicious burgers. The best part: Admission is free (though donations are always welcome!). For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page. 

Live Music

The Oratorio Society of Queens is known for its yearly performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” The group returned to in-person rehearsals back in September and are planning a lineup of special holiday performances. Check here for 2021 holiday release dates and ticket information.

Winter Caroling

Be sure to brush up on those Christmas carols because the 13th Annual Jackson Heights Winter Caroling Sing & Stroll happens December 18th this year. Songs from a variety of faiths and cultures will be sung. Pull on your best Santa hat and remember to dress warmly for this one. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information including meetup times and other details.

Kwanzaa Celebration

A DJ, mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine, a special lighting of the Seven Kwanzaa Principles, and thrilling dance performances all make the Fifth Annual Kwanzaa Celebration one not to be missed. Join in the celebration on Dec. 26th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Linden Studio. Donations are suggested for attendance, and visitors can support local vendors by purchasing African treats and handcrafted goods. If you feel safer celebrating at home, you can attend this exciting event virtually.

Rockaway Parade

For seven straight years, the Parade on Rockaway has spread holiday cheer. From Friday, December 3rd to Sunday, December 5th, our neighbors can catch the largest Christmas tree lighting in Queens, snap a photo with Santa Claus, and take in the million-light parade. Admission is free, making this a great outing for families and friend groups.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, we wish all our neighbors happy holidays! Meanwhile, feel free to contact us with any questions. Our friendly staff is happy to assist you.