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Where to Get in the Holiday Spirit Around Roosevelt Island

December 2, 2021

It’s the jolliest time of the year! Whether you’re a jolly elf or a big ole Grinch, there are a few activities that will put a smile on everyone’s face this holiday season. One of those for many people is going to look at other people’s Christmas light displays! Manhattan has a TON of tourist options, but if you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, Queens has some great residential options for festive fun! Spend your evening visiting one of these local places that will be sure to make you feel merry – Mommypoppins has come up with a great list! They’re all just a short drive away from The Octagon on Roosevelt Island.

Howard Beach, Queens – 97-03 165th Avenue: Tony Modafferi has been lighting up his corner lot for more than 30 years. The lights are on full display nightly between 5pm and 10pm. Bring some extra cash to donate to the local volunteer fire department.

How to get there: Tony Modafferi’s home is on the corner of 97th Street and 165th Avenue in Howard Beach. It’s best reached by car, though the A train to the Howard Beach/JFK station is about a 20-minute walk from Modafferi’s home.

Rockaway, Queen – 144-03 Neponsit Avenue:
The home of Joe Mure turns into a sight fit for Santa annually, with a charitable mission to boot. Updates about this year’s display are posted on its Instagram account. Usually, the Little North Pole’s over-the-top decor stays on through the holiday season with two missions: to put a smile on visitors’ faces and, thanks to a collection box out front, raise money for children with juvenile diabetes.

How to get there: Located at Neponsit Avenue and West 144th Street, a car is your only option.

Whitestone, Queens – 199-04 22nd Avenue:
Dr. Michael Montalbano has transformed his office, Community Chiropractic of Whitestone, into a winter wonderland for the last 15 years. It takes about nine days for Montalbano and his wife to set up the displays at the office, which was previously a residential home. This year they have three sections: the North Pole, city streets, and a nativity scene–each with its own music. They also accept donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Santa will be outside the office Saturday, December 18 (Rain date: Sunday, December 19). Drop by to say hello and snap a photo.

How to get there: The fastest way to get there is by car. Another option is the Q31 bus, which drops you off about 10 minutes away from the office.

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