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2015 December Family Fun Guide: Winter Festivals, Lightings and Light Shows, and More Merry Amusements for the Holidays

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December is packed with events and activities for the entire family to enjoy together, and special nights of fun for adults to unwind!

We’ve made it to December, which many consider to be the most magical part of the year.  Christmas trees andmenorahs are lit left and right as communities gather together to celebrate holiday cheer and goodwill towards their fellow man.  Children get into the holiday spirit as they patiently write their lists for Santa Claus and wait to meet him at parades and brunches, and those of all ages flock to festivals and craft fairs to shop for the special people in their lives.

December is also a time to reflect back on the past – on your past year, and even on Long Island’s past.  Revel in the beauty and elegance of a former age by joining a tour of local homes, or by registering for Holiday High Tea at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, or Christmas with the Roosevelt’s at Sagamore Hill where you can “meet” Teddy Roosevelt and hear about his family’s holiday celebrations firsthand. The Vanderbilt Estate will also be decorated for the holidays and have special Christmas-themed tours with refreshments and treats.

This month, choose to start a new family tradition with one of these annual events, such as seeing the Nutcracker ballet on one of many stages across Long Island.  If your family is more into quirky things, skip the tree lightings and go to theLighting of the Big Duck, or see Santa ditch his reindeer and fly his plane to the Fire Island Lighthouse.  Both are sure to be a hit with the kids, and also make for great photo ops!

Close out 2015 by choosing a fun-filled New Year’s Eve party that can be as loud or as fancy as you wish.  This year’s parties are held in bars, clubs, restaurants, and even in the woods!  Here’s to the last hoorah of 2015 – see you in 2016!

Festivals and Fairs
The countdown to the holidays has begun, so get something for everyone on your list at a craft fair or holiday festival.  Your loved one gets a unique gift, and best of all, you give the gift of support to local small businesses and artists in your area!

Westbury Market Fair at NYCB Theatre – FREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-669-7541
Every Saturday and Sunday 8 AM – 4 PM
Free Event

Get ready to shop – the Westbury Market Fair features over 150 vendors, including numerous local vendors that you know and love!

Stony Brook Holiday Festival at the Stony Brook Village Center – FREE!
111 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-2244
Sunday, December 6th, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Free event

Witness more than 60 decorated Christmas trees at the Promenade of Trees, then see Santa arrive at 2:00 PM in a horse-drawn carriage.  There will also be carolers, a petting zoo, model trains, and live music.  A tree lighting will take place at 5:30 PM.

20th Annual Charles Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson Village
101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-473-1414
Friday, December 4th through Sunday, December 6th, events ongoing
See website for pricing for various Dickens events

Port Jeff will be turned into a living Dickens stage with reindeer viewing, an old fashioned radio show, street actors, a Crystal Ball, a Grand Finale Parade, horse and carriage rides, the Dickens trolley, Santa’s workshop, and a gingerbread house contest.

St. James Model Railroad Open House and Holiday Market at the Mills Pond House
660 Route 25A, Saint James, NY 11780
631-862-6575
Friday, December 4th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 5th, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, December 6th, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
$2 per adult, 50 cents per child for train display

Find unique gifts for the special people on your list at this year’s holiday market, then enjoy the St. James Model Railroad train display.

Messiah Lutheran Church’s Holiday Craft Fair – FREE!
465 Pond Path, East Setauket, NY 11733
631-751-1775
Saturday, December 5th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Free event

Start your Christmas shopping at Messiah Lutheran Church’s 3rd annual craft fair, complete with goods from local artisans.

Annual Holiday Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Fossil & Bead Show at Our Lady of Mount Carmel
495 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-567-3342
Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
$5 per person

The Suffolk Gem Club is hosting this annual holiday show and membership drive to bring people together to shop for minerals, precious and semi-precious stones, hand-crafted jewelry, and materials for making your own jewelry.  A geode cracking booth will be the highlight of the night, where you can buy your own geode and have it cracked in front of your eyes.

Rocky Point PTA Holiday Boutique at Rocky Point Middle School – FREE!
76 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road, Rocky Point, NY 11778
631-807-2162
Saturday, December 5th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Free event

Shop a wide array of craft vendors, take pictures with Santa, buy books at the book fair, and even take part in a cookie walk all in one place!

Deepwells Holiday Boutique at Deepwells Farm County Park
Route 25A and Moriches Road, Saint James, NY 11780
631-563-8551
Every Saturday and Sunday through December 13th, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturdays, 10:00 AM -5:00 PM Sundays
$5 per person, free for kids ages 12 and younger

30 artisans will be create boutiques in the Deepwells Farm House featuring hand-crafted gifts, stained glass, jewelry, handmade marionettes, dolls, painted Santas, pottery, floral arrangements, candles, organic soaps, Christmas ornaments, fiber arts, holiday items and more. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served.

Winter Craft Fair at the Riverhead Charter School Gym – FREE!
3685 Middle Country Road, Calverton, NY 11933
631-369-5800
Saturday, December 5th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Free event

Craft and ware vendors will be set up at this holiday craft fair so that you can cross off some names on your shopping list.  Please support the school’s winter food drive and bring a non-perishable item.

Peconic Recreation Center Holiday Fair – FREE!
970 Peconic Lane, Peconic, NY 11958
631-765-5182
Saturday, December 5th, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Free event

Specially selected vendors will be selected to sell their variety of handmade holiday gifts and cards at this event.

“Discovering Long Island” Holiday Art Show & Sale at the BAFFA Gallery at Gillette House – FREE!
47 Gillette Avenue, Sayville, NY 11782
631-241-3749
Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Free event

Meet local artists who have been capturing the beauty of Long Island every week.  Original art, prints, cards, ornaments, and gifts will be available for sale.

Oyster Bay Tree Lighting & Christmas Market at the Oyster Bay Gazebo – FREE!
Audrey Avenue & Shore Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-6464
Saturday, December 12th, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Free event

Start your afternoon by perusing the pop-up market and see the Oyster Bay High School Chamber Singers, then at 5:00 attend the tree lighting ceremony and see Santa arrive at 5:30!

Christmas Tree Lightings
Nothing puts you in the holiday mood quite like lighting up the Christmas tree, and if you don’t have yours ready yet, someone in town or nearby will surely have theirs set up early this month!  Check out the following Christmas tree lightings across Long Island and NYC to see some impressive trees and also indulge on some holiday snacks.  These Christmas tree lightings are free to attend, and are open to all.

2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting – FREE!
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10012
Wednesday, December 2nd, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Free event

Join in on this age-old tradition at Rockefeller Center where one of the largest Christmas trees will go up in lights!  Celebrities and famous singers and musicians will also be in attendance at this famous event.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bayard Cutting Arboretum – FREE!
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
631-581-1002
Friday, December 4th, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Free event

Santa Claus himself will light the Christmas Tree at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, thus kicking off a festive celebration at the historic Victorian-style mansion.

AHRC Suffolk’s Holiday Fair & Tree Lighting at AHRC Suffolk – FREE!
2900 Veterans Memorial Highway, Bohemia, NY 11716
631-585-0100
Wednesday, December 2nd, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Free event

Get some of your holiday shopping done at the fair which will feature a ton of great vendors then enjoy a menorah presentation and tree lighting at 6:30 PM. All proceeds from the fair will help support AHRC Suffolk’s programs and services.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Four Seasons Sunrooms – FREE!
5005 Sunrise Highway, Holbrook, NY 11741
631-563-4000 ext 445
Thursday, December 3rd, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Free event

Four Seasons Sunrooms and Window Company will host this tree lighting ceremony to start off December in a festive way.

Christmas Tree Lighting in Bellmore – FREE!
2700 Pettit Avenue, North Bellmore, NY 11710
516-679-1875
Friday, December 4th, 6:00 PM
Free event

Enjoy live music, then take a horse and carriage ride or a trolley ride around the neighborhood.

Copiague Holiday Tree Lighting – FREE!
Great Neck Road and Oak Street, Copiague, NY 11726
Friday, December 4th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free event

Enjoy performances by the Middle School Chamber Choir and sip on some free delicious hot chocolate as the lights are turned on for this spectacular tree lighting. There will also be a visit from Santa!

St. James Chamber Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa Claus at Deepwells – FREE!
2 Taylor Lane, Saint James, NY 11780
631-862-1476
Saturday, December 5th, call ahead for time
Free event

Celebrate the holidays with a local tree lighting and free hot cocoa and cookies!

Tree Lighting Family Festival at The Life Lutheran Church – FREE!
1 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568
516-333-3355
Saturday, December 5th, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Free event

Hot homemade soups, pretzels, hot dogs, baked goods, cotton candy, spiced lattes, and hot chocolate will be available at this late-afternoon event.  The music extravaganza will begin at 4:00 PM, and at 5:30 PM, guests will be invited to gather around the 75-foot tall Oriental Spruce with a fantastic display of 8,000 lights.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Belmont Lake State Park – FREE!
625 Belmont Ave. (Exit 38 off Southern State Parkway), West Babylon, NY 11704
631-667-5055
Saturday, December 5th, 4:15 PM
Free event

At this popular event, guests will get to see an ice sculptor at work, holiday songs sung by the local elementary schools, figurine displays, lighting of the tree by Santa, and a wintry fireworks display.

Town of Islip Holiday Tree Lighting at Islip Town Hall – FREE!
655 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751
631-224-5430
Saturday, December 5th, 5:00 PM
Free event

First see Islip’s annual Santa Parade to welcome Santa Claus in, then gather round for the tree lighting!

Kings Park Christmas Tree Lighting at the Kings Park Library Park – FREE!
Main Street/Route 25A, Kings Park, NY 11754
Saturday, December 5th, 4:00 PM
Free event

Join the community for the Kings Park Christmas tree lighting, which will be fun for kids of all ages!

Ronkonkoma Christmas Tree Lighting at Raynor Beach County Park – FREE!
Ronkonkoma Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11777
Sunday, December 6th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Free event

Join your neighbors at the park for this earlier tree lighting.

Tree Lighting and the 11th Annual Visit from Santa at the Planting Fields Arboretum – FREE!
Coe Hall, 1395 Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8670
Friday, December 11th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free event

Ring in the holidays with music from a barbershop quartet, hot cocoa and refreshments at the Hay Barn, and a visit with Santa until 7:30 PM! There is no parking fee for this event.

Menorah Lightings
The first night of Chanukah is Sunday, December 6th, thus kicking off the eight day long festival of lights.  Many towns and temples are hosting their own menorah lighting events on either the first night of Chanukah, or every night of the holiday. All of the menorah lighting events are free to attend.

Annual Long Beach Menorah Lighting at Kennedy Plaza – FREE!
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-431-1000
Sunday, December 6th, 5:00 PM
Free event

Long Beach’s menorah lighting is sponsored by the BACH of Long Beach, and will include music, treats, and dancing.  One light will be lit each night of Chanukah.

St. James Chamber Menorah Lighting at Deepwells – FREE!
2 Taylor Lane, St. James, NY 11780
Monday, December 7th through Monday, December 14th, 5:00 PM (4:00 PM on Friday)
Free event

Celebrate each night of Chanukah by lighting another candle on the menorah and sharing in special goodies available every night!

Ronkonkoma Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at Raynor Beach County Park – FREE!
Ronkonkoma Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11777
Sunday, December 6th, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free event

The first lighting of the menorah at Raynor Beach will be held in this ceremony on Sunday night.

Kings Park Menorah Lighting at Kings Park Library Park – FREE!
Main Street/Route 25A, Kings Park, NY 11754
Sunday, December 6th, 11:00 AM
Free event

This early ceremony will mark the first night of Chanukah, albeit a bit earlier in the day, outside of the Kings Park Library.

Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Congregation Beth Sholom – FREE!
441 Deer Park Avenue, Babylon, NY 11702
631-587-5650
Sunday, December 6th, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Free event

All are invited at Congregation Beth Shalom to light the menorah for the first night of Chanukah.

Community Menorah Lighting in Patchogue at Capital One Plaza – FREE!
Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1000
Sunday, December 6th, 5:00 PM
Free event

Rabbi Joel Levinson from Temple Beth El will lead this celebration of Chanukah.

Manetto Hill Jewish Center’s Community Menorah Lighting – FREE!
244 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview, NY 11804
516-935-5454
Monday, December 7th, 5:45 PM  – 7:45 PM
Free event

Join in on the community menorah lighting, with light refreshments to follow.

Town of Islip Menorah Lighting at Islip Town Hall – FREE!
655 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751
631-224-5430
Monday, December 7th, 5:00 PM
Free event

Islip’s menorah lighting will take place in front of the Town Hall.

Holiday Parades and Light Shows
The Santa Parade may be coming to a neighborhood near you!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the Santa Parade, or drive through an incredible light show for a good cause!

12th Annual Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s Holiday Light Show at Camp Edey
1500 Lakeview Avenue, Bayport, NY 11705
Friday, December 11th through Wednesday, December 23rd, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
$20 per car

It is the 12th annual year of this light show, which is one of the largest on Long Island and also supports girls scout programs and outreach services.  The mile-long wooded trail includes dazzling light displays and holiday vignettes.  Tickets are only available in advance, and must be purchased online.

2015 Jones Beach Holiday Light Show
1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Tuesday, December 1st through January 3rd, Dusk until 10:00 PM Monday-Thursday, Dusk until 11:00 PM Friday-Sunday
$20 per vehicle, $25 on weekends and holidays

This year’s light show will feature a 2.5 mile drive through more than 150 animated and synchronized light displays.  There will be an ice skating rink open this year, as well as pictures with Santa, holiday music, local choir performances, and holiday refreshments.

Bayville Winter Wonderland at Bayville Adventure Park
8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
Friday, December 4th through January 3rd, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Fridays, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Saturdays, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Sundays
$22 per person

Head through a spectacular animated light show, tour Santa’s toy factory, ride the Holiday Express Train, go indoor rock climbing, go ice skating, and enjoy many more activities and amusements!  More holiday times are available.

Santa Parade in East Hampton Village – FREE!
42 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-0362
Saturday, December 5th, 10:00 AM
Free event

Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas-themed floats and the big man himself! Santa will be available to greet children after the parade.

Brunch with Santa
Brunches provide great photo ops with Santa, and you can have breakfast and get your holiday photo done in one place!  Check to see if the price includes a free picture with Santa, or if it will cost extra or if you need to bring your own camera.  Then, treat yourself to delicious breakfast and lunch options.

Breakfast with Santa at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant
1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010
516-354-3131
Sunday, December 6th, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
$28 per adult, $16 per child ages 2-13

Enjoy a buffet breakfast including eggs, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, muffins, coffee, tea, juice, cookies and more.  Admission also includes a 5X7 photo,

Brunch with Santa at Lombardi’s on the Bay
600 South Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-654-8970
Saturday, December 12th, 10:45 AM and 1:15 PM
$36 per adult, $18 per child ages 3-10

Reserve your spot at this decadent brunch with omelets with a topping bar, french toast, waffles, breakfast pizza, a carving station, a pasta station, cold antipasto, and desserts.

Santa Brunch at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
516-572-4111
Sunday, December 13th, 10:00 AM
Free with cost of admission

Your admission goes a long way on this day, here it covers a buffet brunch in the waterfront ballroom, where you can eat and meet Santa!  Bring your own camera to get a holiday picture.

Craft Fair and Breakfast with Santa at Trinity Lutheran Church
40 West Nicholai Street, Hicksville, NY 11801
Saturday, December 12th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RSVP Santa@trinityhisckville.org

Shop among a variety of local vendors, and then have some breakfast and get your picture taken with Santa!

Santa Brunch Buffet at The Coral House
70 Milburn Avenue, Baldwin, NY 11510
516-223-6500
Saturday, December 12th, Sunday, December 13th, and Sunday, December 20th, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
$32.95 per adult, $16.95 per child, no charge for children 2 and under

Enjoy a traditional brunch buffet, and receive a complimentary photo with Santa. Reservations will be taken every half hour

Brunch with Santa at Windows on the Lake
235 Lake Shore Road, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-737-0088
Sunday, December 13th and Sunday, December 20th, 10:30 AM
$37.95 per adult, $16.95 children ages 3-12, children ages 2 and under are free

Treat yourself to a Belgian waffle station, a carving station, a pasta station, a hot station with breakfast classics, and beautiful cold displays of shrimp, fruit, desserts, and more.  IIncludes a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa.

Breakfast with Santa at Brumidi Lodge
2075 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729
631-422-6934
Sunday, December 13th, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
$10 per person, children under 3 are free

Eggs, pancakes, sausages, rolls, coffee, tea, juice and milk will be served.  Bring your own camera to grab a picture with Santa!

Santa Brunch with a View at VIEW Restaurant
3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, NY 11769
Sunday, December 13th and Sunday, December 20th, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, and 1:30 PM
$35.95 per adult, half-price for children ages 3-12

Menu items (subject to change) include two roasts, omelets, shrimp, crab legs, smoked salmon, bagels and cream cheese, sushi rolls, cold salads, fresh fruit, homemade baked muffins, and gourmet desserts.

Breakfast with Santa at Levittown Lanes
56 Tanners Lane, Levittown, NY 11756
516-731-5700
Saturday, December 19th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$45 per lane

Bowl with Santa at this special holiday brunch of glow-bowling, holiday music, bagels and cream cheese, munchkins, apple or orange juice, and fun games and specials all day.

Brunch with Santa at The Crescent Beach Club
333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
516-628-3000
Sunday, December 20th, 12:00 PM
$35 per adult, $15 per child

Enjoy a brunch with all of the holiday trimmings, and get your photo with Santa!  There will be free face painting for kids, and a free mimosa or bloody mary for adults! No charge for children ages 2 and under.

Brunch with Santa Claus at Giorgio’s at Fox Hill
100 Fox Hill Drive, Baiting Hollow, NY 11933
631-727-6076
Sunday, December 20th and Wednesday, December 23rd, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
$36.95 per adult, $19.95 per child (ages 4-12)

Come on down and enjoy Giorgio’s Award Winning Brunch Buffet of Breakfast and Lunch featuring over 50 items to choose from including omelets, french toast and pancakes, a carving station, a pasta station, an ice cream bar, cold antipasto, homemade soup, pastries and cookies, and many more delicious options!

Brunch with Santa in Holbrook at Villa Lombardi’s
877 Main Street, Holbrook, NY 11741
631-471-6609
Sunday, December 20th, 11:00 AM and 1:15 PM
$45 per person

The brunch buffet includes a breakfast presentation, omelette station, a kids station, ice cream sundae bar and so much more! Be sure to RSVP.

Brunch With Santa at The Library Cafe
274 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Sunday, December 20th, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
$21.95 per adult, $10.95 per child

The buffet menu will include fresh fruit, mini pastries and bagels, Texas-style french toast, scrambled eggs, pancakes, eggs benedict, and home fries.  Santa will also be handing out treats and taking photos with everyone on his “nice list.”  Reservations are recommended.

Brunch with Santa and Villa Lombardi’s
877 Main Street, Holbrook, NY 11741
Sunday, December 20th, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
$36 per adult, $18 per child ages 3-10

Dine on Villa Lombardi’s gourmet food and kid’s favorites while meeting Santa among plenty of traditional holiday decor.

Brunch with Santa & Friends at United Skates of America
1276 Hicksville Road, Seaford, NY 11783
516-795-5474
Sunday, December 20th, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
$20 per adult, $15 per child, children ages 2 and under are free

Kids can wear their Christmas pajamas to this brunch party, complete with pancakes, bacon, cereal, scrambled eggs, bagels, cookies, and hot chocolate!

New Year’s Eve Events
New Year’s Eve parties are popping up all over – at restaurants, bars, clubs, lodges… even in the woods!  No matter what your party scene is like, there is fun to be had all over LI where you can meet new people and bring old friends.  Where will you be when the clock strikes twelve?

Hilton Long Island New Year’s Eve Bash
598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, NY 11747
631-577-1550
Thursday, December 31st, 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
$99-299 per person

Join in on one of two different New Year’s parties at the Hilton – a five course gourmet dinner with a five hour open bar and an overnight stay in a deluxe guest bedroom, or a five hour open bar with cocktails and a DJ performance.

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Chateau Briand
440 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
516-334-6125
Thursday, December 31st, 8:30 PM – 2:00 AM
$100-175 per person

Pick your party: pick whether you want to see the live band VOICES, Body Rock DJ, or Unique Entertainment, and what time you want your party to start and end (start times range from 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM, end times range from 2:00 AM – 3:00 AM).  Dinner is included!

New Year’s Laughin’ Eve at Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-928-9100
Thursday, December 31st, 8:00 PM
$50 per person pre-sale, $50 at the door

The night will feature two big shows at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM featuring Paul Anthony, Chris Roach, and Rob Falcone.  You’ll still be able to get home in time to watch the ball drop!

New Year’s Eve with Jessie’s Girl at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Thursday, December 31st, 10:00 PM
$25-55 per person

If you love 80’s music, relive your glory years with Jessie’s Girl as you countdown to midnight.

7 in Heaven: New Year’s Eve Gala & Dinner Dance at the Residence Inn Marriott
9 Gerhard Road, Plainview, NY 11803
631-592-9804
Thursday, December 31st, 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM
$89 per person

Enjoy an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner where you will be seated by suggested age group for a buffet dinner, then get down to a DJ dance party!  Who knows what will happen at midnight?

New Year’s Eve at The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-275-6200
Thursday, December 31st, 9:00 PM
$18 per person in advance, $25 per person at the door

Limited tickets are available for the Emporium’s New Year’s Eve bash.  A champagne toast will be served at midnight, when you can watch the ball drop on two large projectors.  Only those over age 21 are invited, and a dress code will be strictly enforced.

Brumidi Lodge’s New Year’s Eve Party
2075 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729
631-422-6914
Thursday, December 31st, 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
$85 per person

Treat yourself to a butler-served cocktail hour, elegant gourmet buffet dinner, open bar, coffee and dessert, and a champagne toast.

New Year’s Eve After Hours Dance Party at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Thursday, December 31st, 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM
$15 per person

Dance the night away at this after-hours bash with a live DJ and a champagne toast.

New Year’s Laughin’ Eve at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Thursday, December 31st, 8:00 PM
$45 per person

Enjoy a night of dinner and comedy at The Suffolk Theater’s New Year’s Eve Bash, which will feature Eric Haft, Rich Walker, and Carie Karavas. Doors, bar, and restaurant open at 6:30 PM

New Year’s Night Hike at the Suffolk County Environmental Center
550 South Bay Avenue, Islip, NY 11751
631-581-6908
Thursday, December 31st, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
$4 per member, $8 per non-member

Look for nocturnal creatures on the one night when most of Long Island is also nocturnal!  Bring a flashlight and be ready to walk the trails at night.

Long Island Philharmonic Annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular: My Fair Broadway at the Tilles Center
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Thursday, December 31st, 7:30 PM
$58-113 per person

Listen to the Broadway hits of Lerner and Loewe as conducted by David Stewart Wiley.

New Year’s Eve 2016 Bash at The Meadow Club
1147 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
631-928-3800
Thursday, December 31st, 8:30 PM – 1:30 AM
$125 per person

The Meadow Club is pulling out all the stops, with a cocktail hour, four course gourmet dinner, premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight, live performers, DJs in all three rooms, giveaways all night, outdoor patio access, and valet parking.

New Year’s Eve Comedy With Tim Gage at McGuire’s Comedy Club
1627 Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia, NY 11716
631-467-5413‎
Thursday, December 31st, 7:30 and 10:15
$40 per person

Buy tickets for one of two shows to see special guest John Ziegler, a jack of all trades with stories from his previous careers.

New Years Eve 2016 at Fox Hollow
7725 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
516-921-1415
Thursday, December 31st, call ahead for times
$150 per person

Celebrate the new year in style with an elegant night of dinner and dancing in Fox Hollow’s romantic atmosphere.

The Stephen Talkhouse’s New Year’s Eve Party
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Thursday, December 31st, 10:00 PM
$20 per person

Ring in the new year with live band Nancy Atlas.  Ages 21 and older only.

New Year’s Eve Celebration: Sinatra at the Sands at Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571
516-323-4445
Thursday, December 31st, 7:00 PM
$50 per person

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sinatra’s live album, Sinatra at the Sands, with live house band SWINGTIME, who will recreate Sinatra’s performance.

375th Grand Finale & New Year’s Eve Party at Port of Missing Men
Port of Missing Men, Southampton, NY 11196
Thursday, December 31st, 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
$225 per person in advance, $250 per person at the door

Join the Southampton Historical Museum to celebrate its 375th year and enjoy a party that will include cocktails, dinner buffet, a champagne toast and tours of the Port of Missing Men, an historic mansion with sweeping views of Peconic Bay.

New Years Eve Party with Half Step – Grateful Dead Tribute at The Big Kahuna
1730 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743
631-543-9100
Thursday, December 31st, 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM
$49 per person

Dine on a three course dinner buffet and champagne at what is promised to be the party of the year!

New Year’s Eve Candlelight Tour of the Rogers Mansion
17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-2494
Thursday, December 31st, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
$5 per adult, free for children

Take advantage of the last opportunity to view this year’s exhibit of fresh winter greens and flowers, as well as colorful antique holiday decorations.  Cider and gingerbread will be served at the end of the tour.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at View
3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, NY 11769
Thursday, December 31st, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
$60 per person for the first seating, $85 per person for the second seating
631-589-2694

Seafood aficionados will love the New Year’s Eve dinner at View, which includes oysters, baked clams, calamari, mussels, crab cakes, and much more, which you will dine on in a romantic setting overlooking the  Great South Bay.

New Year’s Eve at Mulcahy’s
3232 Railroad Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793
516-783-7500
Thursday, December 31st, 8:00 PM
Call for pricing

Bring a friend for the open bar and buffet dinner, then stay for the champagne toast at midnight!

New Year’s Eve with 45 RPM at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant and Catering
1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010
516-354-3131
Thursday, December 31st, 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
$135 per person

Ring in 2016 with a buffet dinner, top shelf open bar, champagne toast, balloon drop, coffee and bagels to go, and of course, 45 RPM!

Music & Concerts
Set the mood for the holidays by taking a friend or family member to a festive concert! Sing along to Christmas carols, or rock out to a rockabilly show featuring a veteran member of The Drifters!  Many holiday shows also include a drink list and a la carte menu, so check the information to see if you should catch both dinner and a show.

Eileen Ivers “An Nollaig” An Irish Christmas at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Friday, December 4th, 8:00 PM
$40-45 per person

If you like classic celtic and gaelic music, Eileen Ivers is sure to please with her award-winning fiddle playing.

Holiday Doo Wop Extravaganza at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-247-5213
Sunday, December 6th, 3:00 PM
$39-69.50 per person

This holiday season’s Doo Wop Extravaganza features the Duprees, The Tymes, Jay Siegel & the Tokens, Johnny Farina, The Eternals & Kathy Young!

Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead – 11901
Tel: 631-727-4343
Friday December 11th, 8:00 PM
$35 per person

Hearken back to Frank Sinatra’s heyday with an 18 piece group, the New Millenium Big Band! An a la carte and prix fixe menu are available throughout the night.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church’s 2015 Christmas Concert – FREE!
369 Green Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-483-3649
Saturday, December 5th,  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free event

The Choir of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church will present its annual Christmas Concert featuring a program of Orthodox and Western hymns and carols for Christmas and St. Nicholas Day.  Advent refreshments will be served after the concert.

A Darlene Love Christmas at Landmark on Main Street
232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-1384
Saturday, December 5th, 8:00 PM
$62-82 per person

Landmark continues its holiday tradition welcoming Darlene Love for her fifth consecutive year.

Annual Holiday Sing Along at Brookhaven Free Library – FREE!
273 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven, NY 11719
631-286-1923
Friday, December 11th, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free event

Everyone is invited to get in the holiday spirit with the community and sing Christmas carols together!

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals Holiday Show at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Saturday, December 19th, 8:00 PM
$50-79 per person

See the band that had the hits “Good Lovin’” and “Groovin’,” among many others, in a special holiday set that will have row seating and cabaret seating.Bar and restaurant open at 6:30 PM

David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown with special Guest Jane Moneheit at Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-323-4445
Saturday, December 19th at 4:00 PM and Sunday, December 20th, at 3:00 PM

Directed and designed by Broadway’s best talents, this year’s holiday show will be a throwback to the great Zeigfeld Shows from Broadway’s golden age.

Kenny Rogers: Christmas Hits at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-247-5213
Wednesday, December 23rd, 8:00 PM
$39.50-99.50 per person

Celebrate Christmas with the country great Kenny Rogers and special guest Linda Davis.

Holiday House Tours
Each of these holiday tours supports a civic or not-for-profit organization, and many are run by volunteers for the local historical society.  Get inspired the holiday season and explore local and historical homes that are done up to the nines for the holidays!

Holiday House Tour in Amityville
Amityville, NY 11701
631-691-8435
Saturday, December 5th, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$20 per person

Several distinctive and gracious homes in the Incorporated Village of Amityville will be showcased, festively decorated for the holiday season.  Complimentary refreshments will be served at St. Mary’s from 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM.  Buy your tickets at Johnson’s Florist of Bella Maison in advance, or at St. Mary’s on the day of the tour after 11:00 AM.

Cutchogue Holiday House Tour
Cutchogue, NY 11935
631-735-9024
Saturday, December 5th 12:00 PM
$75 per person

View festive, beautifully decorated homes as they open their doors for the holiday season! Enjoy a wine tasting, appetizers and desserts. Each bed & breakfast will be paired with a vineyard, restaurant or business to create a unique experience throughout the tour.  Last house entry is at 3:30 PM.

Huntington Holiday Historic House Tour
209 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
631-427-7045
Sunday, December 6th, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
$35 per member, $40 per non-member

Visit five historic homes dressed up in the holiday style, then stop at the Conklin Farmhouse for refreshments.  Tickets are available at the Conklin Farmhouse.

Holiday Manor House Tours at Bayard Cutting Arboretum
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
631-581-1002
Every Wednesday-Sunday  through January 3rd, Wednesdays-Fridays 1:00 PM, Saturday and Sundays at 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM
$10 per person (cash or check only)

Behold the Bayard Cutting Estate in all of its holiday finery!  Tours are limited to a maximum of 15 people at a time, and are offered at a first-come first-served basis.  Tours will not be offered on December 24th-25th and December 31st-January 1st.

Tours of Decorated Vanderbilt Mansion
180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721
631-854-5568
Daily through January 5th, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
$5 per person plus general admission fees

Visitors can take guided tours and be transported back in time to the holidays of the mansion’s younger days, as it is decked in holiday elegance by volunteer designers and decorators.

Come Home for the Holidays Tour Chelsea Mansion
34 Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732
516-572-0200
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 20th, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
$15 per person, $10 per senior or child under 12 years old

Chelsea Mansion will be decked out in the finest holiday decorations for this celebration.  The tour will be followed by traditional holiday music and light refreshments. Guided tours are limited, and reservations are required.

Holiday House Tour of Islip Hamlet
Islip, NY 11751
631-245-0675
Sunday, December 6th, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
$20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour

Several historically and architecturally interesting homes will be decorated for the holidays as tour guides in Victorian dress greet you at each home. The reception includes live entertainment, refreshments, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.  Tickets available at Nook & Cranny and Eventbrite.com.

Holiday House Tour in Orient
Village Lane, Orient, NY 11957
631-323-2480
Saturday, December 12th, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
$25 per member, $30 per non-member

Support the Oysterponds Historical Society by touring some of the more gorgeous homes of the East End.

Quogue Historical Society Holiday House Tour
114 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, NY 11959
631-996-2404
Saturday, December 12th, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tour five beautiful Quogue homes, then head to a cocktail party from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at a sixth house. All proceeds directly support the society’s education, collections care, and historic preservation programs

Christmas House Tours at Sagtikos Manor
Montauk Highway between Manor Lane & Gardiner Drive, West Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-661-5169
Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$20 in advance, $25 day of the tour, $15 for seniors and students, $5 per child (ages 5-12)

Tour each room of the Manor and hear how a different president celebrated the holidays with his family traditions. Tours begin at 11:00 am through 3:00 pm and leave every 15 minutes. Reserve early for your preferred tour time, then shop for holiday gifts in the Sagtikos Manor gift shop.

Northport Homes for the Holidays
215 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768
631-757-9859
Sunday, December 13th 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
$25 per member, $30 for non-members, $35 the day of the tour

Take a self-guided tour of homes that are beautifully decorated for the holidays.  One of the homes on the tour this year is the magnificent “Wavehaus” in Fort Salonga, which was featured in Newsday. All of the houses will hold a delightful surprise, and reservations are strongly encouraged.

Candlelight Tour of Pegan-Fletcher House – FREE!
143 Hendrickson Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580
516-825-7157
Sunday, December 27th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free event

Take a candlelight tour of the Pegan-Fletcher Restoration, and bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry.

Holiday Theater Performances
The theater and ballet are always popular around the holidays, and this year is no exception.  There are numerous performances of The Nutcracker being shown on stages across Nassau and Suffolk County, including adaptations, shortened versions, and of course the full-length, lavish traditional ballet.

Cracked – The Ballet! at Herricks Community Center Theater
999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
516-248-6420
Saturday, December 12th, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 13th, 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM
$25 or $45 per person

This isn’t your traditional holiday play – see the new sequel to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, which surrounds the coming of age of Kara, Clara’s granddaughter, on the eve of her 16th birthday.  She heads to NYC to explore the Land of Sweets, where she meets new characters and rekindles relationships with familiar ones.

Rockin’ Rockabilly Christmas! at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Friday, December 4th, 8:00 PM
$37 per person

Jason D. Williams will be the star of this performance, singing in the style of Jerry Lee Lewis, along with Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks and guest appearance by Bobby Volkman, and Prentiss McNeill (member of The Drifters) singing DooWop versions of Christmas Carols. Food and drinks will also be available.

It’s A Wonderful Life at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center
2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-724-3700
Thursday, December 17th, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Friday, December 18th, Saturday, December 19th, 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 20th, 3:00 PM
$35 per person

The Smithtown Holiday Tradition continues as the performing arts actors put on a rendition of It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play.  Be transported to 1940, then to George Bailey’s Christmas Eve.

The Nutcracker Three Ways at Ballet Long Island
1863 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-737-1964
Wednesday, December 2nd, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:15 PM
Friday, December 11th, 1:00 PM
Saturday, December 12th, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM (Islip Town Hall West)
Sunday, December 13th, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM (Islip Town Hall West)
$9-78 per person

Each time is one of three performances – The Nutcracker Part II will be held on Wednesday, and The Nutcracker in a Nutshell and the full-length Nutcracker will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Follow the link to see what each performance entails.

Clara’s Dream: The Nutcracker at the Patchogue Theatre
71 E. Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Friday, December 4th, 7:00 PM
Satuday, December 5th, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 6th, 1:00 PM
$15-32 per person

The American Dance Theatre of Long Island is in their 15th year of performing the Nutcracker.  Make it a family tradition this year as you see toys and dolls come to life!

Mrs. Claus Saves The Day! at BroadHollow’s BayWay Arts Center
265 East Main Street, East Islip, NY 11730
631-581-2700
Saturday, December 5th, Saturday, December 12th, Sunday, December 13th, Saturday, December 19th, Sunday, December 20th, Saturday performances at 2:00 PM, Sunday performances at 12:00 PM
$11 in advance, $13 at the door

Mrs. Claus has her hands full helping a youthful reindeer who possesses an unusual skill. Harassed mercilessly and excluded by his peers because of this trait, he manages to prove himself one Christmas Eve after Santa and Mrs. Claus ask him to help out.

The Magic Toy Shop at St. Joseph’s College
155 West Roe Boulevard, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-654-0199
Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
$8 per person

When a master toymaker sprinkles magic dust on his dolls and makes them come alive, the dolls enjoy being able to walk and talk, and are excited to share this with children.

My Christmas Elf: The Musical at the CM Performing Arts Center
931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-218-2810
Saturday, December 5th, 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 12th, Saturday, December 19th, and Saturday, December 26th, 11:00 AM
$12 per person

Follow Mittens the elf as he learns to be a family elf to make sure that children stay off of Santa’s naughty list.

Ovations Presents The Nutcracker Suite With Full Orchestra at Patchogue Theatre
71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Saturday, December 12th, 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 13th, 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
$15-30 per person

The Atlantic Wind Symphony will join the exceptionally talented dancers of Ovations Dance Repertory Company. The vision of the glittering dancers and the sounds of the famous Tchaikovsky score will delight the senses and will certainly be a memorable experience!

Seiskaya Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794
631-632-2787
Friday, December 18th, 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 19th, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 20th, 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Monday, December 21st, 7:00 PM
$35 per person

Hailed in its 1995 debut as Long Island’s most lavish Nutcracker, the Seiskaya Ballet production of the classic holiday ballet returns to Stony Brook’s Staller Center in a truly international collaboration, choreographed by world renowned Russian-born choreographer Valia Seiskaya.

The Nutcracker performed by Eglevsky Ballet at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Saturday, December 19th, 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 20th, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM

This performance of the Nutcracker will introduce new and innovative choreography by the Eglevsky Ballet’s new Director, internationally renowned artist, Maurice Brandon Curr, and will also feature dancers from the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

Christmas Punch & Judy at the Bay Street Theatre and Sag Harbor Center for the Performing Arts
1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-9500
Saturday, December 19th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$15 per person

Take part in a century-old tradition of Punch and Judy performances with this updated version where Punch and Judy cook up some holiday fun in the kitchen. Hand-carved puppets created and performed by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets.  Appropriate for ages 3 and up.

A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE at SoLuna Studio
659 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-761-6602
Saturday, December 19th, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 20th, 3:00 PM
Saturday, December 26th, 3:00 PM
Sunday, December 27th, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
$15 per adult, $12 for students and seniors, $10 for children under age 12

This is the fourth and final performance of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas Live at SoLuna – bring the whole family for a warm and entertaining performance!

Other December Fun
There are many ways to look at the holidays, whether it is with a religious, historical, or just plain whimsical lens.  Whether it is lighting up the Big Duck, watching Santa fly in on a plane, or celebrating the holidays with horses, there is definitely an interesting event for every member of the family this month.

Santa’s Coming to Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue
2746 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-875-0433
Every Sunday through December 20th, 12:00 M – 4:00 PM
$25 per child, adults free with child

Santa and his elves are coming to Spirit’s Promise to celebrate the holidays, so join in for photos with Santa, a story with Mrs. Claus, cookies and cider.  You can also share a goodie bag with the horses, and bring your pets, too!

Kent Animal Shelter’s Annual Pet Family Photos and Holiday Social at Hotel Indigo East End
1830 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-5731
Sunday, December 6th, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
$10 minimum donation per photo

Get your family and pet photographed by a professional photographer at this pet-friendly hotel! Pet gifts and refreshments will be on sale, and raffles and prizes will be available.  All proceeds support the animal shelter.  Donations are gratefully accepted.

Lighting of the Big Duck – FREE!
1012 Flanders Road, Flanders, NY 11901
631-852-8292
Wednesday, December 2nd
Free event

The annual lighting of the big duck is held on the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving every year.  Join in on this true Long Island tradition!

Nassau County Christmas Village behind The Coral House – FREE!
70 Milburn Avenue, Baldwin, NY 11510
516-223-6500
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 20th, Fridays 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, weekends 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Free event

Explore the Winter Wonderland on Milburn Lake! The area will become a Christmas Village, featuring horse and buggy rides, bounce castles, fire pits & s’mores, shopping, arts & crafts (in heated tents) and holiday music!

Hanukkah Extravaganza at The Jewish Family Initiative – FREE!
25 Country Drive, Plainview, NY 11803
718-575-3100 Ext. 108
Sunday, December 6th, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Free event

Enjoy Hanukkah carnival games, seasonal crafts, latkes and donuts and Corque-tacular Entertainment!

Young Adult Class: Clay “Gingerbread” House at Amityville Public Library
Corner of Oak and John Streets, Amityville, NY 11701
631-264-0567
Wednesday, December 2nd, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Contact the library for additional info

Create a whimsical holiday decoration using clay instead of cookies.

Holiday High Tea at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
631-427-5240
Thursday, December 3rd, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
$25 per person

Bring a friend to this formal high tea party complete with delightful tea, finger sandwiches, and mini pastries. A guided tour of the Walt Whitman Birthplace follows.  Registration required.

Wine & Gingerbread Nights at the North Fork Tasting Room
3225 Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow Commons, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-7309
Every Friday through December 18th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
$50 per person (includes two glasses of wine)

Gingerbread University is hosting a series of Wine and Gingerbread Nights where you can learn how to make delicious gingerbread cookies, men, and houses, all while sipping wine with friends.

The Malverne Historical Society’s Holiday Gala
369 Ocean Avenue, Malverne, NY 11565
516-599-1028
Friday, December 4th, 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
$35 per person

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a free drink, and a DJ playing a great soundtrack for the evening.  Be sure to bring one unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Holiday Dinner at the Vanderbilt Mansion
180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721
631-854-5568
Saturday, December 5th, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
$100 per person, $90 for members

Don’t miss out on this popular fundraising event in the festively decorated Mansion.  It’s a time-machine trip to the elegant Gold Coast life of the 1930s!

Christmas with the Roosevelts at Sagamore Hill – FREE!
20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-4788
Saturday, December 5th, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Free event

Enjoy holiday music, Christmas carols, and a very special appearance by “Theodore Roosevelt,” as portrayed by James Foote. Mr. Roosevelt will share his reminiscences of how the Roosevelts celebrated Christmas at Sagamore Hill and in the White House. There will also be holiday arts and crafts activities for children of all ages, and complimentary hot cocoa and cider.

Santa in the Park at Wantagh Park Administration Building – FREE!
1 King Road, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, December 5th, 12:00 PM
Free event

Santa will arrive by fire truck, and will be waiting for kids to come tell him what is on their Christmas list.  Elves will be distributing toys, candy, cookies, and hot chocolate!

Santa’s 5k Toy Trot at Shorefront Park in Patchogue
Smith Street, Patchogue NY 11772
Sunday, December 6th, 11:00 AM
$25 in advance, $30 day of the race

Join the feel good 5k of the year!  Runners are encouraged to dress up as their favorite holiday character and donate an unwrapped toy for a child in need.  All profits support the work of the Kiwanis Foundation.

Yuletide Family Day at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
631-427-5240
Sunday, December 6th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
$9 per child, chaperones are free

Get in the yuletide spirit by singing along to holiday songs and dances, then meet with Santa and tell him what is on your Christmas list! Decorate a cookie, get your face painted, make an ornament, and enjoy many more classic games!

Southside Hospital’s Holiday Spectacular – FREE!
301 East Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-647-3825
Sunday, December 6th, 3:00 PM
Free event

Head to Southside Hospital for a rousing free event that will have face painting, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, a gaming truck, live performances, and a visit from Santa!

Holidays at Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury, NY 11568
516-333-0048
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from December 5th through December 20th, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$8 per adult, $5 per senior or child

See exquisitely decorated period rooms, meet Santa, and have some cookies and cider to get into the holiday spirit!

Annual Cookie Exchange at Rogers Mansion
17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-2494
Thursday, December 10th, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
$5 per person

Join old and new friends at the museum’s annual cookie exchange. Swap dozens of recipes and cookies (3 dozen max) and enjoy cheese and crackers, as well as wine and cider.

A Night in Bethlehem at Resurrection Lutheran Church – FREE!
420 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
516-746-4426
Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Free event

Walk through a recreated village to experience the time of Jesus’ birth, chat with shopkeepers, and feel the excitement with shepherds when they announce the birth.  Advance registration is appreciated.

13th Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa at the Fire Island Lighthouse – FREE!
Robert Moses State Park, Field 5, Babylon, NY 11702
631-661-4876
Saturday, December 12th, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Free event

One of the more unusual traditions, come see Santa fly his plane to the Lighthouse!  Be sure to bring your camera.

Main Street Holiday Stroll in Patchogue – FREE!
Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1000
Saturday, December 12th, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Free event

This year, take part in a Main Street tradition by joining the stroll and shopping the special promotions and sales at local stores.

Holiday Weekend at Coe Hall at Planting Field Arboretum
1395 Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8670
Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$10 per person, children ages 12 and under are free

Check out the classic holiday decorations in Coe Hall, then see Santa Claus, make an old fashioned gingerbread house, listen to the Madrigal Singers, and enjoy theatrical performances!  Gingerbread house making costs an additional $5 per child.

Ugly Sweater Cookie Party at Bayport-Blue Point Public Library
203 Blue Point Avenue, Blue Point, NY 11715
631-363-6133
Monday, December 21st, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
$5 per person

Embrace your ugly sweater for Christmas, then join the baking coach in making ugly sweater cookies.

Smithtown Garden Grill’s Christmas Eve Dinner
64 North Country Road (Rt. 25A), Smithtown, NY 11787
631-265-8771
Thursday, December 24th
Entrees start at $35

Come gather at our table! Snack on some seafood au d’oeuvres like Maryland crab cakes and lobster avocado salad, then treat yourself to an elegant entree of roasted duck, rack of lamb, prime rib, filet mignon, or one of Garden Grill’s many other options!

Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho Hike at the Manorville Trail Center – FREE!
¼ mile north of LIE Exit 70, Manorville, NY 11949
631-360-0753
Friday, December 25th, 10:00 AM
Free event

Work off your holiday dinner and eggnog by joining a ten mile hike on fast and flat land.  You’ll pass many ponds, yellow trail junction, and return back again.  Bring water and a snack.

Kwanzaa Celebration at the African American Museum of Nassau County
110 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY 11550
516-572-0730
Saturday, December 26th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
$5 per person

Learn about the origins of Kwanzaa and celebrate the holiday with the museum docents!

 

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