• Kaufman Arts District (map)
  • Front Gate on 35th Avenue

Ornaments provided by students from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, PS 166 & Our World Neighborhood Charter School

Carols Performed by Singers from Astoria Performing Arts Center

While Rockefeller Center may have a large tree for the holiday season, Astoria will now have one of its own (albeit smaller) holiday tree when The Kaufman Arts District hosts its first ever holiday tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 8 at 4pm right outside the front gates to Kaufman Astoria Studios. The tree will be adorned with ornaments decorated and donated by students from the neighboring Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, PS 166 and Our World Neighborhood Charter School as part of their seasonal community service project.

The event will also feature carols performed by singers from the Astoria Performing Arts Center, with students from PS 166 also attending the event.

 About The Kaufman Arts District

The Kaufman Arts District is home to one of the oldest continuously used movie studios in the world, in addition to a community of unique cultural institutions that support emerging artists. The Kaufman Arts District spans from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south. The Kaufman Arts District advances and promotes this area as a vibrant cultural destination and home for the creative industries.

 About Kaufman Astoria Studios

Built in 1920, Kaufman Astoria Studios was the original home of Paramount Pictures, and over 100 silent films were made on its sound stages. Today, top Hollywood film, television, and digital on-demand series are made at the studio, including the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Amazon’s Alpha House, Starz’s Flesh and Bone, the NBC pilot State of Affairs, and Sesame Street, which has filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios since 1992. Recent feature film productions include Deliver Us From Evil (scheduled for summer 2014 release) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Men in Black 3, and The Bourne Legacy.

WHAT:                Holiday Tree lighting for the Astoria community, free & open to the public

WHEN:               Tuesday, December 8 / 4:00pm

WHERE:              Kaufman Astoria Studios Front Gate on 35th Avenue