Get into the holiday spirit with a skating show, festive musical performance and more at these events in Queens this week.
Saturday, Dec. 20
The Alley Pond Environmental Center is hosting an Adventure Hour to give toddlers (18 to 36 months) and their parents/caregivers a chance to learn about nature through interactions with live animals and trail walks. The workshop will also include outdoor plays, art projects and music. Space is limited to eight parent/child teams so preregistration is mandatory. Visit www.alley pond.com to register. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. $16. 228-06 Northern Blvd.
Celebrate the holidays differently this year with a skating show. World Ice Arena and Knickerbocker Figure Skating Club present “The Winter Wonderland Showcase” in Flushing. It’s a show for the entire family. The club’s skaters will present a skating performance, and their Theater on Ice team will also give a special performance. Free. 6:30 to 8 p.m. World Ice Arena, 131st Street and Avery Avenue. Visit http://www.knickerbockerfsc.com/upcoming-events.html for more details.
The Woodhaven Business Improvement District will take pictures of you and your friends with Santa Claus and his friends – Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – at Forest Parkway Plaza Area (weather permitting). The WBID staff will also hand out free quarters for people parking their cars on Jamaica Avenue for the first 15 minutes of parking. 1 to 4 p.m. Free.
Winter is here and it’s time to prepare ourselves for the emergencies this season brings. Urban Park Rangers of NYC Parks are ready to help you do just that at the Alley Pond Park Adventure Center in Alley Pond Park. The rangers will lead fun, family-friendly programs that will teach participants cool tricks to survive the season, while at the same time learning more about the natural environment. Free. 1 p.m. Winchester Boulevard under the Grand Central Parkway. Call 718-352-1769 for more information.
Queens Theatre is coming together with Titan to stage a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by spirits of his past, present and future on Christmas. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets at queenstheatre.org/2014-15-special-events. For more information, call the box office at 718-760-0064. 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Aaron Short Band will perform classic and popular Christmas songs at The Shops at Skyview Center. The band consists of Aaron Short (vocals/guitar), Brad Connolley (vocals/bass), Rossen Nedelchev (drums) and Mark Phillips (saxophone). 2 to 4 p.m. 40-24 College Point Blvd. Free. Call 718-460-2000 for more details.
This is your chance to celebrate the diversity of the borough. The 6th Annual Jackson Heights Winter Holiday Sing-A-Long will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. and will include winter and holiday songs from all faiths, languages and cultures. Participants will sing in several languages, including the American Sign Language with students and faculty from the Lexington School. The group will meet on the corner of 31st Avenue and 75th Street, in front of Cassidy’s Ale House. Attendees are requested to dress warmly and bring a flashlight/candle, and they are encouraged to bring cameras. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Free.
Vernon Boulevard will be lit up to celebrate Chanukah. Enjoy Chanukah treats as you watch a 10-foot-tall Menorah being lit up. 7 p.m. Vernon Mall, Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue. Call Chabad LIC at 718-609-0066 for more information.
The Resorts World Casino is hosting popular Caribbean musical stars in a show titled “Legends and Icons.” Those slated to perform include Rupee, Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, Terry G., D’ Hitman, Nouman Khalid, Geeta Bisram and the Angels Caribbean Band. Doors open 8 p.m. Tickets: $35/ $80 VIP/ $150 VVIP. Open to those 18 years and over with ID. You can buy tickets by calling 718-659-6162, 917-545-4330 or 516-302-8898. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
Sunday, Dec. 21
The Alley Pond Environmental Center is having a science fair for 7- and 8-year-olds during which children can collectively create a science fair project and learn about the scientific process from hypothesis to conclusion. Preregistration is mandatory as space is limited to eight children. Visit www.alleypond.com to register. $24. 1:30 to 3 p.m. 228-06 Northern Blvd.
This Winter Solstice, learn to make shadow puppets at the Queens Museum as part of the museum’s weekly Drop-In Family Workshop series. The workshop is open to children between the ages of 5 and 12, and their adult companions. Families will learn paper cutting techniques to make the puppets and how to animate them. The workshop is open to children with special needs and the staff is eager and willing to make the necessary adaptations. The workshop is free and there is no need to preregister. The event runs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call 718-592-9700 for more information.
The Oratorio Society of Queens is playing their Annual Holiday Concert at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. The orchestra, a chorus of more than 125 members and soloists, conducted by David Close, will perform excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah,” Christmas carols and Chanukah favorites. Featured soloists are Geraldine McMillian, soprano, John Easterlin, tenor, Vaughn Fritts, bass-baritone, guest artist Cantor Jerry Korobow and with OSQ’s orchestra, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. Audience members are invited to join in a sing-a-long with the chorus as they render “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” 4 p.m. 222-05 56th Ave. Tickets cost $35 general admission/ $30 for seniors aged 62 and up, and for students with ID/$10 for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. For additional information, call the Oratorio Society of Queens at 718.279.3006 or visit www.queensoratorio.org.
Sing and be merry. Queens College musicians, alumnus Alex Schirling, Erick Urgiles and Classical Singers Career Development Club are coming together for a Holiday Concert Jam at the Flushing Town Hall. Their performance promises to be filled with holiday spirit and classical music. 2 p.m. Tickets cost $5/free for members and students. Buy them at flushingtownhall.org. 137-35 Northern Blvd.
The LIC Community Chanukah Party, Chanukah On Fire, will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The party will feature a dynamic fire show by Keith Leaf, Chanukah doughnuts, latkes and a grand menorah lighting ceremony with local elected officials. Tickets cost $10 each for adults and children or $40 per family. Chabad LIC, 10-25 48th Ave. Call Chabad LIC at 718-609-0066 for more information.
The Astoria Center of Israel is hosting a Chanukah Party from 3 to 5 p.m. There will dreidel games, latkes and applesauce, food, music, dancing and even a sing-a-long! The best part? Bring your own menorah and participate in the communal candle lighting. 27-35 Crescent St. Call 718-278-2680 or visit astoriacenter.org for more information. Free.
The Bayside Historical Society is hosting a walk-in workshop at the Castle at Fort Totten Park for the holidays. Families can attend the workshop and create decorations that celebrate winter. Hot cocoa and cookies will be on sale. And of course, Santa Claus will make an appearance to take gift requests. Admission is free, but photos with Santa will cost $2. Noon to 4 p.m. 208 Totten Ave. Call 718-352-1548 for more details.
Monday, Dec. 22
Watch 2013’s smash hit, “Gravity,” at a free screening. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the movie tells the story of two astronauts (played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) who get lost in space. Gravity won seven Oscars at the 86th Academy Awards. Rated PG-13. 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Queens Library at Windsor Park, 79-50 Bell Blvd.
Listen to Polish Christmas carols in Ridgewood. Piotr Rudzinski, a performer from Poland, will sing Polish Christmas carols at the Queens Library. Registration not required. 6 p.m. Free. 20-12 Madison St.
Tuesday, Dec. 23
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” the biggest hit film of 2014, will be screened for free at the Queens Library at Woodside. Registration not required, but the superhero film was rated PG-13. Free. 2:30 p.m. 54-22 Skillman Ave.
Teenagers can now learn to write hip-hop and R&B songs at this program called Music the “Write” Way. Experts will guide participants as they focus on structure and word play. Free. Registration not required. Queens Library for Teens, 2002 Cornaga Ave.
Wednesday, Dec. 24
On Christmas Eve, children can learn something new. The Best Out Of School Time (BOOST) program’s craft hour will take place from 4 p.m. at the Rochdale Village location of the Queens Library. Children in grades one to six will create craft items suitable for the holidays. Free. 169-09 137 Ave.