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Candlewalk returning to downtown

By Sam Tunningley

Candlewalk is a cherished tradition in the City of Flushing – streets filled with ice sculptures, dancing and snowball fights is enough to instill the Christmas spirit in just about anyone.

Much of the same activities that have made Candlewalk one of the most anticipated events of the year are returning once again. For a complete brochure of the event schedule, stop by City Hall or visit the Flushing Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Dancing studios included this year are Judy’s School of Dance and MGM Dance, Gymnastics and My Spotlight performing “Judy’s Christmas Dance

Performance” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” respectively, both nights. Center Stage Dance

Academy will present “Christmas

Praise in Motion” on Friday, and is accepting non-perishable food donations to benefit the Flushing

Christian Outreach Center between the hours of 7-8:30 p.m.

On Thursday, the Santa Parade inaugurates the night at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremonial

Goggins Hall “Tree Lighting” at 6:30 p.m. The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation is bringing a blood drive to Jack’s Place earlier in the day, starting at 3 p.m. and lasting until 8 p.m.

Thursday and Friday include classic Christmas festivities, such as horse-drawn carriage rides, chainsaw wood carving and a gingerbread house display. Friday, at 8 p.m., Flushing Lions Club is set to lead a raffle drawing for a 55” television, and the Flushing Masonic Lodge #298 has a Boy and Girl Bike Giveaway.

The two-day event closes out with a visit from Santa Clause sponsored by the Flushing Women’s Club. Attendees are expected to bring their own camera.

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