In the midst of a challenging year, downtown Flushing brightened the holiday season with the Candlewalk on Dec. 3 and 4. The city’s annual Christmas extravaganza, presented by the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce, featured an expanded format to accommodate social distancing and several new activities, such as the first-ever Dog Christmas Sweater Contest and a live Nativity scene at Riverview Park. There was also a Parade of Lights down Main Street, pictures with the Grinch and lively holiday performances from Judy’s School of Dance. Children also got to meet with Santa Claus in a new setting at Riverview Park. To keep Santa safe from COVID-19, Candlewalk organizers set him up behind a Plexiglas barrier inside a pavilion and had families enter one at a time for photos and a meet-and-greet. Although kids couldn’t sit on his lap this year, Santa was still hard at work compiling their Christmas wish lists, and he even had a few neat “Elfin” tricks up his sleeve for all the children who visited him. To see more photos, visit the Flushing View Facebook page.