Residents dove into the holiday spirit at the Ave Maria Catholic
Academy in Howard Beach last Sunday, when hundreds of people
attended the third annual “Holiday Shopping Blitz.”
Numerous vendors from throughout the area showed off their goods during the event, during which residents were able to get caught up on their holiday shopping. After running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the academy at 158-20 101 St., the event wrapped up with a Christmas Nativity and tree lighting.
Residents said they were delighted to participate in what is quickly becoming a favorite tradition in Howard Beach.
by Anna Gustafson
Gina Eriquez, left, shows off some of her homemade Christmas tree cake pops to Charlotte Burridge, 5.
The nativity at the Ave Maria Catholic Academy was lit up during a ceremony on Sunday.
Robert Mestrandrea and Nick Cufumano, both 9, got into the holiday spirit by sipping on hot chocolate.
Julianna Campopiano, 7, left, takes a hot chocolate and cookie break with her brother, Michael, 3, and sister, Catherine, 6.
Qusuquzah Muhammad, left, helps children pick out jewelry for holiday presents.
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