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Santa rolled down Forest Park Drive toward Jamaica Avenue on a red Volkswagen last Friday for the Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s annual tree-lighting ceremony.

The slimmed-down but equally jolly St. Nicholas bore an uncanny resemblance to 102nd Precinct Community Affairs Officer Nicholas Salamone. He posed with kids of all ages, including Community Board 9 First Vice Chair Kenichi Wilson and Chair Sherry Algredo, top center, respectively.

The Welcome to Howard Beach sign is now decked out in holiday decor following the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Association’s annual Christmas tree lighting, which took place on Sunday.

The event included live performances from Fazio Dance Center and singers Nicole Cicero and Bella Piazza. The area was spruced up thanks to Lisena Landscaping.

Santa Claus has already come to town. But Old St. Nick did not ride his sleigh to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children last Friday afternoon. Instead, he hitched a ride to Bayside with members of the FDNY, who joined him in delivering gifts and spreading holiday cheer to St. Mary’s patients and their families.

At top, patients grin ear-to-ear as they pose for a photo with Santa, and below them, their fellow patients receive presents from the man himself. Above, Santa makes his way up the fire ladder with some firefighters — one can only imagine that’s easier than climbing down a chimney.

The rain was no match for the palpable holiday spirit as more than 100 community members made their way to 39th Avenue for state Sen. John Liu’s Holiday Block Party in Bayside Tuesday night.

Thanks to the Bayside Village Business Improvement District, Bayside Business Association and area restaurants, attendees enjoyed hot chocolate, food, games, prizes, caroling and more. Liu’s office also took donations for its annual toy drive, which collects toys for the families of soldiers at the 77th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Totten.

The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department held its 11th annual Christmas tree lighting with the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association last Friday, spreading holiday cheer to all.

Fazio Dance Center and the Spotlight Players chorus brought the entertainment. Area elected officials stopping by included Councilwoman Joann Ariola and Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.