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From Christmas Carolers to trees, Astoria’s about to celebrate holiday season

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Astoria Park tree lighting

Nov. 28, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan

Rockefeller Center isn’t the only place with a tree lighting this week. With the holidays approaching, Astoria is going all out to celebrate.

There are several celebrations planned in the neighborhood to kick-start the holiday spirit, including tree lightings and markets.

On Friday, the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden will hold its annual tree lighting, providing hot cocoa and cookies for early revelers to enjoy. The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening, and more information can be found here

Saturday will provide the main holiday event, with the 4th annual tree lighting and festival in Astoria Park hosted by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition. Beginning at 2 p.m. on the Great Lawn, the event will have holiday performances, train rides, face painting, cotton candy, and more throughout the afternoon, and the tree will be lit at 5 p.m. accompanied by the Art House Astoria Christmas Carolers.

The Astoria Park event is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees. For more information visit

Local celebrations are not just limited to tree lightings, however. To find unique gifts and get in to the holiday spirit, visit the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden on December 4, 11 and 18 for the Astoria Holiday Market.

Running from noon to 6 p.m., each holiday market will have many vendors providing handmade gifts including art, jewelry, toys, clothing, and more. The venue will also be providing a special “Grandma’s Kitchen” menu, including soups, sausage platters, apple strudel, and warm drinks. For more information visit



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