O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi

Grab your fleece, hats, gloves, coats and woolies and throw on your winter boots! Queens County Farm Museum will host the 5th annual holiday reading of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi to add a touch of magic to the holiday season. Story time takes place in the farm’s 3-acre pasture. First published in 1905, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry tells the story of struggling newlyweds so eager to give each other a Christmas gift that each sells the one thing the other holds most dear.

  • WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2024; 1pm–2:30pm
  • WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY 11004
  • TICKETS: Free admission; suggested donation $5; reservations strongly recommended

The one-and-only Santa Claus will join in the fun. Get ready for an unforgettable storytime cameo from St. Nick himself! Hot chocolate and cookies will be available to complement the brisk winter air. 

O. Henry penned The Gift of the Magi at Pete’s Tavern, New York City’s longest continually operated bar and restaurant. Since 1905, this story has secured its place among the American literary canon and has become synonymous with the Christmas season.


  • This event is free, but advance online registration is strongly encouraged.
  • Dress warm! This is an outdoor program.
  • Email confirmation will automatically be sent to you upon completion of registration.
  • Add to the fun with holiday hayrides ($6/person; tickets in Farm Store) and hot cocoa & cookies for sale on site. There will also be free tours of the 1772 Adriance Farmhouse available.
  • Free event parking and bicycle racks available
  • Bicycle rack available on-site
  • Farm grounds and restrooms are accessible
  • Limited seating provided; visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.
  • Strollers, backpacks and bottled water are permitted on our grounds.
  • No designated storage for strollers, bags, or coats.
  • This event may be affected by rain. Check for event updates at queensfarm.org and on social media if inclement weather is forecasted.

QUESTIONS? Email hello@queensfarm.org Mon–Fri and and a member of our team will get back to you.