Holiday Performances for the Family
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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The Russian holiday story ‘The Snow Maiden’  is similar to the classic story of Cinderella.
The Russian holiday story ‘The Snow Maiden’ is similar to the classic story of Cinderella.
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The Oratorio Society of Queens
The Oratorio Society of Queens
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The holidays are among us. It’s a time to appreciate our friends and family as well as all of the good in our lives. While it’s nice to get cozy in the comfort of our own homes, why not give a treat to your family by taking them out to enjoy some musical and dance performances regarding the holiday season.

Holiday Celebration of Light - North Forest Park Library, 98-27 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills -Listen to popular Hanukkah and Christmas songs such as ‘Maoz Tzur,’ ‘Ocho Kandelikas,’ ‘Light One Candle,’ ‘Silent Night,’ and ‘Feliz Navidad.’ Best part? The admission is free! | Occurring on Thurs, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Annual Holiday Concert - Queensborough Performing Arts Center, at Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside - If the adults, and the old-soul children, are looking for a classical music escape, the Oratorio Society of Queens will be holding their annual holiday concert. Maestro David Close, the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ) and The Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens, will lead the performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with chorus, soloists and the orchestra. You will also get a chance to use those vocal chords of yours as the whole audience will participate in singing Christmas carols and Chanukah songs. | Occurring on Sun, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.

‘The Snow Maiden’ - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Rd., Flatbush - Explore new cultures and head to ‘The Snow Maiden,’ where producer Anton Krilloff brings this classic Russian holiday fairy tale to life. ‘The Snow Maiden’ is similar to a Russian holiday version of Cinderella, where Grandfather Frost turns a poor girl into a beautiful Snow Maiden after she proves her worthiness. This family-friendly show is performed in Russian but there will be English subtitles. Don’t miss out on the elaborate costumes, Russian folk music performed by Barynya, skomorokhi (or Russian clowns) and a winter wonderland. As an added bonus, each child in the audience will receive a Christmas candy gift box at the end of the performance. | Occurring on Sun, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.

Celebrate Kwanzaa! - Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave, Crown Heights - Want to learn more about Kwanzaa? Take your little ones to gain insight on the cultural holiday as well as on the Nguzo Saba, which is the seven principles of African Heritage. To liven up the discussion, the stories will be told through song and dance by a presentation of Brooklyn’s Cumbe, the Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Brooklyn’s Children Museum will also be hosting a “Happy Kwanzaa!” event at 2:30 during the weekend for families to learn about Kwanzaa and make a zawadi, or a gift to share with a family member or friend. | Occurring on Sat, Dec. 26 and on Sun, Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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