It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and our little slice of heaven is already in the holiday swing! From live music, tree lightings, holiday shopping and more—plan your festive Rockaway weekend crawl with our entertainment guide below.



THURSDAY, December 1

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Prepared to be swept away as guitar duo, Aerial Acoustics, performs a mix of holiday favorites, originals and instrumental covers at The Rockaway Hotel’s restaurant, Margie’s.

108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive


FRIDAY, December 2

6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tonight, Uma’s serves up a special holiday treat with Rockaway virtuoso, Simon Chardiet, playing his solo guitar jazz playbook, including standards and bebop.

92-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd

7 p.m.

Rock and roll to the weekend with the Rock-A-Wades at The BayHouse.

500 Bayside Drive, Breezy Point

7 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.

Rockaway Tiki wishes everyone “Mele Kalikimaka” with two special performances by big band pinup darlings, The Satin Dollz! Admission: $10. To RSVP, visit: @rockawaytiki on Instagram.

67-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

8 p.m. to Midnight

Locals Rule Band are back at RBQ jammin’ your fave rock classics.

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Knobs are back at Bar Marseille rockin’ The Smiths, Cure, Depeche Mode and more ‘80s alternative jams.

190 Beach 69th Street


SATURDAY, December 3

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Get ready for a merry time as Mixed Bag performs at American Legion Post 1404. Admission: $10, plus 50/50s. To reserve a table, call Liz at (646) 744-9230. All proceeds benefit the VFW.

209 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel

8 p.m. to Midnight

The award-winning Kerry Kearney Band—full four-piece band—brews full-bodied blues at Tap That.

111-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd

8 p.m. to Midnight

’Tis the season for rockin’ n’ rollin with Voxanova at RBQ!

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

9 p.m.

Crossfade Nights is back at Rogers, playing rock hits you used to tape from the radio.

203 Beach 116th Street


SUNDAY, December 4

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tap into a Fun-day Sun-day with Metal Juice squeezing an eclectic medley of original folk and blues music, plus some recognizable American standards at Tap That.

111-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd

4 p.m.

The Rockawades hit up the Harbor Light for a Sunday Jamboree.

129-18 Newport Ave

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

End the weekend on a high note with the rich voice of Gerald Bair.

203 Beach 116th Street

6:30 p.m.

Every first Sunday of the month, sensational award-winning blues and roots man, Kerry Kearney, takes residency at Thai Rock bringing with him special guest musicians belting out songs you can sing along to.

375 Beach 92nd Street




FRIDAY, December 2

8 p.m.

Friday nights—Let no man thirst for good beer and a movie at Tap That!

For tonight’s feature and to vote, follow: @tapthatrbny on Instagram.

111-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd


SATURDAY, December 3

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Parents—dreamin’ about a night off, so you can enjoy date night, a fun outing with your besties or even work on your holiday chores in peace? Dream no more! Rockaway Beach Dance Academy (RBDC) is hosting a Holiday Movie Night in which kiddos three years and up watch a movie, eat pizza and popcorn to their hearts content—while parents get some much-needed time to do whatever. Admission: $25. Space is limited, so purchase tickets in advance by emailing: . Holiday pajamas and blankets welcomed. All proceeds support Team RBDC.

112-20 Beach Channel Drive


SUNDAY, December 4

3 p.m. to 5 p.m./

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Indulge guilt-free in Coastal’s heart-warming desserts, while watching family-friendly movie, “The Polar Express.” (Two show times). To reserve a free spot to see the movie, plus more info, visit:  or

108-19 Rockaway Beach Drive



SUNDAY, December 4

2 p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to come out and do yo’ thang at the Rock-A-Wades’ Sunday Jamboree Open Mic at Harbor Light!

129-18 Newport Avenue




SATURDAY, December 3

2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Save Santa a trip and bring an unwrapped toy to RBQ’s Annual Toy Drive, known for gifting smiles galore to children of all ages. Plus, with Soccer Dads rockin’ your holiday favorites, you’ll be smilin’ too!

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd



SATURDAY, December 3

7 p.m.

Don’t miss a chance to cozy up with Old Saint Nick at Callie’s Christmas tree lighting! Kids will be treated to hot cocoa and cookies, while adults indulge in adult bevies like Irish coffee and hot toddies. For more info, follow @calliesrb on Instagram.

410 Beach 129th Street



ONGOING until December 14

Join in the season of giving with The Rockaway Times and Robin Shapiro Realty, who are teaming up to make the holidays memorable for the autism community at Rockaway Beach Autism Families’ holiday party. Bring an unwrapped gift at any of the following locations: The Rockaway Times (114-04 Beach Channel Drive) Robin Shapiro Realty (448 Beach 133rd Street) and Knights of Columbus’ Tap Room (333 Beach 90th Street). For more info, see ad on page x.




THURSDAY, December 8

This second installation of The Rockaway Hotel’s Chef On The Beach Series stars Italian culinary superstar, Chef Silvia Barban of Larina Pastificio e Vino; bringing Natale a Rockaway! Barban is not just known for competing in Season 14 of Bravo’s TV series, “Top Chef,” but also, her flavorful blend of northern and southern Italian family recipes and blissful handmade pasta has garnered a cult following. Tickets for the four-course dinner and beverage package are $150. For tickets and more info, visit:

108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive




FRIDAY, December 2

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Belle Harbor Yacht Club’s always-fabulous Holiday Boutique is back featuring two floors of 40 plus vendors selling clothing, art, accessories, jewelry, culinary delights, skin products, designer eyewear…to much to list! Plus, make a fete out of the experience with a live DJ; music with acoustic duo, Arturo and Dave Rivera; drinks; 50/50 and gift raffles!

533 Beach 126th Street


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