Flushing Candlewalk starts tonight with parade, tree lighting

FLUSHING — The annual Flushing Candlewalk will be kicking off tonight and continuing Friday night with a variety of activities and special holiday attractions.

Activities begin tonight at 6 p.m. with the Parade of Lights and the arrival of Santa Claus, which will start at Century 21 Signature Realty on Main Street and wind through downtown Flushing to Riverview Park. After lighting Flushing’s official Christmas tree, Santa is scheduled to visit with families at the Riverview Park pavilion near the playscape between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (tonight and Friday night).

Several new attractions will be debuting at the Candlewalk this year, including the Dog Ugly Christmas Sweater contest at 7 p.m. (tonight only) in downtown Flushing. Mayfair Bible Church will also be hosting a live Nativity scene at Riverview Park tonight and tomorrow night, featuring camels, sheep, cows, wisemen and shepherds.

Other activities will include “A Christmas Story” presentation at Riverview Park; Judy’s School of Dance performances on Main Street at 6:45 and 7:45 on both nights; a Lions Club TV raffle at Riverview Park; and ice carving at Cornwell Park in downtown Flushing.

There will also be a live DJ and music on Main Street; a gingerbread house display outside the Farmers Insurance Lee Alan Weddel Agency on Main Street; a visit with the Grinch at Primary Prevention Physiotherapy; Ruthie the Cow at Bueche’s Food World; a photo booth at Kathy’s 126 Restaurant; and hot chocolate on the corner of Main and Cherry streets provided by RainSoft.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, some activities scheduled for this year’s Candlewalk have been cancelled, including horse drawn wagon rides, performances from MGM Dance, s’mores on Main Street and cookies, coffee and prayer at St. Robert Bellarmine Church.

To see a schedule of events, pick up a Flushing Candlewalk brochure* at Bueche’s Food World on 300 W. Main Street. All festival goers are encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Events listed in the Candlewalk brochure are subject to change due to COVID-19.