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December 3, 2021

'Tis the Season - Get Your Shopping Done....While Having Fun!

Join us Saturday, December 4 and Saturday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout Jamaica Avenue for a new holiday event we are bringing to downtown Jamaica called 'Tis the Season! This event is designed to keep consumer dollars on Jamaica Avenue and to encourage shoppers to shop local this holiday season. There will be promotions that our small businesses will have for shoppers and our BID will enliven the sidewalk of our downtown with pop-up surprises ranging from fun giveaways, live music, a magician appearance and character photos with Jammy the Snowman and friends.

Activities Happening in downtown Jamaica on Saturday, December 4:

  • Business promotions: See below.
  • Free Hot Chocolate: The Avenue NYC Cafe (located inside Jamaica market at 90-40 160th St) will be giving our free hot chocolate to the first 100 customers starting at 11am. Stop by for some amazing hot chocloate and buy a delicious treat.
  • Snowball Mini Golf: Play 3 holes of putt-putt golf at Parsons Public Space.
  • Winter game Alley: Play Connect Four or Jenga at Union Hall Street.
  • Holiday giveways: Look for our volunteers giving out free holiday items to anybody shopping Jamaica Avenue.
  • Home Depot: Will me handing out kids workshop items to take home at the corner of 168th Street and Jamaica Avenue.
  • Sheltering Arms: Will have a spinning wheel with giveaways at the corner of Merrick and Jamaica Avenue.
  • Cultural Collaborative Jamaica: Sign up for a toy giveaway at the Holiday Tree Lighting happening on Saturday, December 11. CCJ's table will be located in front of the Snipes store (161-01 Jamaica Avenue).
  • Hands on Arts and Craft: Craft station at Parsons Public Space.
  • Meet Jammy Snowman and friends: Meet holiday characters throughout Jamaica Avenue.
  • Letters for Santa: At Parsons Public Space we will have a mailbox where kids can list what they want for the holidays. If you're lucky you may just get a surprise gift...
  • Edge School of Arts: ESOTA will have a prescence on Jamaica Avenue in front of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (161-04 Jamaica Avenue) with a Wooden Toy Soldiers mini performance. Performances will be from 12 - 12:30pm, 1:30 - 2pm and 3-3:30pm. In addtiion to the Wooden Toy Soldiers, ESOTA will have a meet & greet and free photo opportunities for kids throughout the day with an information tent on the sidewalk.
  • Underground Horns: Catch the brass band performing throughout Jamaica Avenue from 1 - 3pm.
  • King Manor Museum: King Manor Museum (150-03 Jamaica Avenue) will have their Hands on History: All the World’s a (Puppet) Stage from 1 - 4pm. As the year comes to an end, celebrate the holiday season with King Manor! Since puppets were a popular holiday gift for children living in the 19th century, join us to make your own puppets and miniature puppet theatre!
  • Ugly Sweater Selfie Station: We will also launch our Ugly Sweater Selfie Station at three locations on Jamaica Avenue. With this activation, we are encouraging people to snap a selfie in front of one or all three ugly sweater backdrops and share it on social media by tagging us at @jamcenterbid for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Walk the Ave to find out where these backdrops will be located!

Below are the businesses that will be offering promotions at their locations this Saturday:

'Tis the Season Holiday Map
We're finalizing our 'Tis the Season Holiday Map and will update the final map on Friday, December 3 so that shoppers will know where to go to get some cool holiday giveaways and more on December 4 and 11.

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