By Lisa Fogarty
Manhattan can keep Fifth Avenue. Queens has,
hands down, the best shopping malls in all of
the five boroughs – and the holidays are
an ideal time to take advantage of our little
secret. Whether you are looking for convenient
gift shops or a place to take the kids to see
Santa Claus, these titans have everything you
need. Here are just a few picks for great local
Atlas Park is my latest shopping obsession.
They seem to have thought of everything: quality
apparel shops, fresh markets, 11 eateries and
even a movie theater. Believe it or not, the
outdoor layout only enhances the holiday feeling.
The Shops at Atlas Park
80-00 Cooper Ave.
Visit Santa Claus
Where: The Market Plaza
For a full schedule call (718) 326-3300 or visit
Santa Paws at Atlas Park
Saturday, Dec. 13 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Get your pet in the holiday spirit by bringing
him (or her) to the Atlas Mall (holiday costume
optional) for a day of fun and charity. You’ll
win a free key chain when you donate a can of
food to Bobbi and the Strays, and can enter
the Santa Paws Raffle for a chance to win a
pet-themed basket from Crazy for Animals.
The Paw-Fect Chanukah
Sunday, Dec. 28
from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
The Shops at Atlas Park and the Queens Jewish
Community Council are hosting a day of entertainment,
prizes, discounts, latkes, and the traditional
lighting of the Menorah. The first 100 attendees
will receive a Pawfect Chanukah gift bag and
10 percent of the proceeds will go to the Queens
Jewish Community Council.
The Fair: Everything for the Home
Yes, you can get your toaster, roast pan and
oven mitt here. But the real reason why this
shop is a holiday favorite is because they don’t
neglect the best part about hosting a holiday
dinner – decorating. Get in the spirit
with holiday plaid and jacquard tablecloths,
napkins and placemats, Lenox crystal ornaments,
bowls and candle holders, and scented Colonial
Candles with names like Fresh Mistletoe, Cinnamon,
and Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
Frankie’s Playce Toy Store
It’s hard to imagine Frankie’s falling
victim to the usual holiday wear and tear that
comes when candy cane-fed children rip through
the store. It’s neat, orderly and clean,
with an entire section of well-stocked workbooks
and educational toys.
Queens Center Mall
90-15 Queens Blvd.
Queens Center is one of those rare local shopping
institutions that get better with age. One thing
you can always count on – they don’t
skimp when it comes to the holidays.
Photos with Santa Claus
To view Santa’s schedule and photo prices
call (718) 592-3900 or visit shopqueenscenter.com.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Santa Claus will be toting quite a few games
and prizes in his knapsack when he spends a
little quality time with the Q Kids Club Members.
If your child (under 10) is not a Kids Club
member and you’d like to sign up, visit
Guest Services, Level 2, JCPenney wing for more
Pet Photos with Santa
Sunday, Dec. 7 from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and
Dec. 14 from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on Level 3,
Gifts For Us – Kiosk located
on the Third Floor
These adorable hand-made tree ornaments can
be personalized while you wait. Engrave your
families’ names on a “My Family
Tree” ornament or give new parents a special
little gift by adding their little one’s
name to the “Proud Parents” ornament.
The Flushing Mall
133-31 39th Ave.
You won’t be bombarded with holiday decor
here, but you will find plenty of well-priced
shops that will give you great gift ideas.
Want to see your child’s face light up?
Let him or her loose in this candy shop of baseball,
World of Warcraft, Yu-Gi-Oh and Naruto memorabilia
and trading cards.
What do you get the person who has everything
– including a twisted sense of humor?
How about a fuzzy, yellow, duck-shaped toilet
cover? Or a lovably hideous snaggletooth stuffed
monster? This little shop teems with unique
Mets Memorabilia Kiosk
Flushing pays tribute to its beloved Mets with
this kiosk that is part exhibit, part shop.
Load up on Mets jackets, T-shirts, caps, keychains,
posters and 3D pictures.
29th Ave. & Bell Blvd.
The original outdoor Queens mall, this spot
has a wide selection of chain stores and local
shops dedicated to serving not just the residents
of Bayside, but the entire borough of Queens.
Barnes & Noble
Though there are a few in the area, this B&N
at Bay Terrace is a gem, with the service and
comfort you have come to expect from the giant
bookseller, this spot is always a great place
to find that extra holiday something special.
Christie & Co.
More than just a place to get your hair cut,
Christie & Co. offers spa treatments, facials,
botox and everything to get you prepared to
knock ’em dead when you walk in to your
company or family’s holiday party.
Looking for the way to get your home smelling
like the holidays? Try one of their many scented
candles in such scents as Autumn Wreath, Christmas
Cookie, Mistletoe, Pomegranate Cider and Pumpkin