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Holiday season comes to LIC, with Christmas Tree and Menorah lightings


Dec. 6, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan

Get in to the holiday spirit at several Long Island City events.

Throughout December, several local organizations are planning to host holiday lightings and gatherings to bring the community together for the holiday season.

Tonight, the Hunters Point Community Development Corporation will host its ninth annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Community members are invited to gather along side their neighbors outside at the Vernon Mall at 50-06 Vernon Boulevard for cookies, candy canes, and a Christmas tree lighting. For more information on the event visit

vernonlightsTo continue the celebrations, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will be hosting the fourth annual Snowflake Lighting celebration on Thursday, illuminating the lights along Vernon Boulevard.

The event will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside of LIC Bar at 45-58 Vernon Boulevard, with the official lighting at 5:45 p.m. During the rest of the event, there will be storytelling, caroling, music, treats, and hot cider to ward off the chilly December weather.

To wrap up the holiday season, there will be the lighting of the community menorah in Gantry Plaza State Park on December 26. Kicking off at 6 p.m. at Center Boulevard and 48th Street, the event will have holiday songs, and treats along with the menorah lighting.

There will also be a community lighting of the giant menorah on December 27 at Vernon Mall at 6 p.m. with donuts and hot apple cider.

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