From sipping mulled cider at the picturesque Queens County Farm Museum to making holiday crafts and ushering in 2014 with comedians from HBO, BET and Gawker, there are plenty of reasons to stay in the borough this holiday season.
After Christmas comes and goes, the wrapping paper is thrown away, and the stacks of leftovers are safely in the fridge, don’t feel down about the holiday being over – head out to celebrate the season at the Queens County Farm Museum’s open house. There, residents can, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily until Dec. 28, tour the Adriance Farmhouse, learn about the county’s agricultural and colonial history, and enjoy holiday crafts and mulled cider. The tours are free. The farm museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. in Floral Park.
Or, if you’re feeling creatively inspired, check out the ReMake the Holidays events at the New York Hall of Science at 47-01 111th St. in Corona. There, residents will be able to bend, twist, light, sculpt, and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demonstrations, artist installations, and more. The crafty sessions will be held at 12 p.m. every day until Dec. 30 and include ice sculpting and a screening of “Bag It: The Movie” with the nonprofit environmental group Skraptacular. Tickets are $8 to $11 for admission, but some activities cost more.
While you’re at the New York Hall of Science, be sure to meander through the facility’s “gingerbread lane,” which is open to the public until Sunday, Jan 12. While at the lane, you’ll be able to marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built, and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. Gingerbread Lane is a 1.5-ton, 300-square-foot village made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy – and it’s a contender for the Guinness World Record for the largest gingerbread exhibit. And, come Jan. 12, you’ll be able to take a piece of the gingerbread extraordinaire home with you. Gingerbread houses will be given away, while supplies last. The line will open at 10 a.m., and the giveaway starts at noon.
And, of course, there’s New Year’s. As for saying hello to 2014 in Queens in style, there are plenty of events going on throughout the borough.
The Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City will host its “New Year’s Eve Spectacular,” which will feature five famous headliners, including BET’s Kareem Green, HBO’s Leighann Lord, and Gawker’s Kyle Ayers. There will be shows at 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 and include one appetizer or dessert and two drinks. Attendees may choose from wine, champagne, 13 draft beers, or soft drinks. The comedy club is located at 47-28 Vernon Blvd.
Resorts World is holding their own bash beginning at 9 p.m., and the festivities will include live performances by France Joli and Disco Unlimited, party favors, ball drop live stream and champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $50. Resorts World Casino is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park.
By Anna Gustafson