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Our most recent sweeps gave away a family 4-pack of tickets to see the Vienna Boys Choir on December 7 at Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

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'Tis the Season to be Jolly

Santa Claus, menorahs and fruit baskets return to Queens neighborhoods this December. Brighten your holidays with a lighting ceremony, a community festival, holiday markets, and more.

See a list of Holiday Fun in Queens.

It's in Queens Weekly Column

Due to the national holiday on Thursday, this week is less active than normal. But there are belated Irish-Choctaw and Latin Thanksgiving extravaganzas, various Small Business Saturday events, French cinema, jazz, performance art, improv, embroidery, and literature. Here's the rundown.

Click here for November 25 through December 3

Indoor Markets

Find unique gifts at one of Queens markets.

LIC Flea & Food, the largest outdoor Queens market, is now open indoors. 5-25 46th Ave.

Ridgewood Market, an artisan market where you can shop and enjoy some brunch, too. Next market: November 23, 11 am-6 pm at Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave.

Highlights of the Month

Featured Hotel

Only 2 miles from Times Square and 3 minutes from the 39 Ave. train station, Nesva Hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, cable channels and a work desk. Select rooms offer views of the New York City skyline. Breakfast is served each morning, and a business center is always available.

39-12 29 St., Long Island City
(917) 745-1000

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Featured Exhibit

"To Jack Bradley, the 'Greatest' Photo Taker": Treasures from the Jack Bradley Collection celebrates the legacy of Louis Armstrong through the private access that long-time friend and photographer Jack Bradley had of Satchmo on stage, back stage, on the road and at home.

Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th St., Corona
(718) 478-8274  |  See website
Museum admission: $4-$10.

November Picks by Kerry Bornstein

Good Eats: This is a tough one! One of my favorite places in all of NYC is Nick's Pizza in Forest Hills. A crusty dough, fresh pepperoni and basil slice with a tasty cream soda is the perfect way to wind down after a stressful week. My family has been going there for over half my life! Leo's Lattcini, often called "Mama's of Corona," is another delightful place. They make the most wonderful sandwiches and always use fresh mozzarella made on premises. If you're in the mood for Turkish food, you must consider Sofra Grill, a new addition to the diverse plates in Sunnyside. For the morning hunger pangs, definitely try White Cake Bakery, not far from Sofra on 43rd Avenue. They have a lovely breakfast menu, ranging from egg sandwiches to delicious quinoa dishes, always accompanied by fresh juice.

Wander Streets: Queens is incredibly pedestrian-friendly! One of my favorite places to stroll is on Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside and Jackson Heights. If you start from 52nd street off the 7 train and just head down further inland, you'll hear multiple languages being spoken and enjoy the smell of tasty foods and all sorts of neat little mom-and-pop shops. Another one of my favorite places to wander is Forest Hills Gardens. Off the F, M, R, and E lines (at 71 St-Continental) and called a "Danish village in the heart of NY" by a good pal, the area was actually based on English garden communities with Tudor-style homes. Most importantly, there are lovely parks, beautiful homes, and so many pretty detours to take. It's truly a vision in the fall with the gorgeous colors and autumn smells!

Unique Treats: Rockaway Beach is always a fun place! In addition to the scenic view, there's a lively boardwalk, Rockaway Taco and the fun bar Playland Motel, places my friends devour every time they go. I can't forget Flushing - the food and shopping are incomparable! The New World Mallhas treats, stores, hair salons, and even karaoke. I also have to give a shout out to Vernon Blvd -LIC Bar and Alewife, which are great spots when meeting a pal for a quick drink. Take the same pal to the LIC boardwalk later - you'll be sure to impress him or her!

Historic Feats: Astoria is full of historic pleasures! Kaufman Astoria Studios has been around since the 1920s. Walking around it feels so glamorous and old-time New York! Be sure to take a stroll on Steinway Street later, still home of the Steinway & Sons Piano factoryFlushing Town Hall is another beautiful old building that has diverse, must-see" exhibits and performances.

Kerry Bornstein works in development at Bend the Arc, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting economic opportunity and social justice. She is a proud Forest Hills native turned enthusiastic Sunnyside resident. A Louis Armstrong Middle School and Frank Sinatra High School alum, her biggest regret is not attending the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College to complete the Triple Crown.

Read more about these and other monthly picks.