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Though it may be the first year of a formal Christmas light competition in Howard Beach, it’s certainly not the first decorative rodeo for most of the participants, who look forward to the seasonal family activity each year.

The Howard Beach Dads Facebook group, which is organizing the contest, has got enough entries in its Christmas Light Fight to map out a full-neighborhood route for visitors to tour the displays from New Howard Beach to Hamilton Beach. Though the pandemic promises to drastically change the holidays this year, participants say that it also makes a little seasonal escapism all the more important.

The Richmond Hill Lions Club did not let the pandemic stop them from decking out the neighborhood tree this year.

The club held its annual tree lighting last Sunday at the Richmond Hill triangle at 133rd Street and Liberty Avenue.

The United Neighbors Civic Association of Jamaica, Inc., the SpringJam Civic Association and Gateway JFK will host their annual tree-lighting ceremonies from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 in the Burger King parking lot at 154-05 Rockaway Blvd. in South Jamaica.

The restaurant is at the corner where Rockaway Boulevard meets North Conduit Avenue.

All are invited to join the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach, Food Emporium Lindenwood, Almonte’s Key Food Howard Beach and Fun Photo Entertainment twice this month for “Saturday with Santa.”

The event will be held on Dec. 14 at Almonte’s Food Emporium at 82-35 154 Ave. in Lindenwood and Dec. 21 at Almonte’s Key Food at 163-30 Cross Bay Blvd., in Howard Beach, both times from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cultural Collaborative Jamaica will host its annual Holidays on the Avenue celebration on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The family-friendly event will kick off at Grace Episcopal Church. There are children’s holiday workshops from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be holiday arts and crafts, a visit from Santa, refreshments and gifts for the children.