Guide: Tree Lightings & Holiday Events on Long Island

Looking for something fun to do this holiday season? Whether it is a tree or menorah lighting or a winter festival, here is a guide to some fun, holiday events. Check before heading out, as times and dates are subject to change.

ONGOING
Jones Beach Light Show
Nov. 16 - Dec. 30

Location: Ocean Parkway, Jones Beach
Time: Monday-Thursday until 10 p.m.; Friday, Saturday & Sunday until 11 p.m.
Price: $25/vehicle Monday-Thursday; $30/vehicle Friday-Sunday
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Magic Polar Express Ride
Nov. 23 - Dec. 23

Location: Riverhead or Southampton
Time: Monday-Friday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Weekends - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Price: $55
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Forest Lane Lights
Nov. 22 - Dec. 26

Location: 5 Forest Lane, Coram, NY
Time: Sunday-Thurdsay after 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Dec. 15 - Santa night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Free - donations are accepted for breast cancer research
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Girl Scouts' Holiday Light Show
Nov. 29- Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 & 25)

Location: Smith Point County Park, Shirley
Time: Monday to Thursday - 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday to Sunday - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; week of Dec. 21-23 - 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Price: $20/car; $40/van; $70/bus
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TMB Train Club Open House
Jan. 5, 6, 19, 20; Feb. 2 & 3

Location: 120 Schmitt Blvd. Farmingdale, NY 11735
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Free
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UPCOMING
Town of Brookhaven Holiday Light Spectacular
Dec. 1-16

Location: Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville
Time: Fridays/Saturdays - 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays - 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Price: $6 per person
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Eglevsky ballet presents 'The Nutcracker'
Dec. 15 & 16

Location: Tilles Center
Time: 12/15 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; 12/16 at 2 p.m.
Price: starting at $48
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Long Island Gay Men's Chorus: Christmas at the Movies
Dec. 7; Dec. 14 & 15

Location: 12/7 - St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington; 12/14 - Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City; 12/15 - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook
Time: 8 p.m.
Price: $25
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Long Beach Landmarks 2018 Holiday Candlelight House Tour
Dec. 15

Location: Long Beach - Kennedy Plaza
Time: 2 p.m.
Price: $35
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Frank Ohman's New York Dance Theatre presents 'The Nutcracker'
Dec. 15 & 16

Location: John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University
Time: 12 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Price: Adults $42; Children $32
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Seiskaya Ballet Nutcracker Performances
Dec. 20 - Dec. 23

Location: Staller Center for the Arts
Time: Thursday/Friday - 7 p.m.; Saturday - 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sunday - 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Price: Adults - $40; Children - $34
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Candlelight Evenings
Dec. 21 - Dec. 29

Location: Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Time: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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PAST EVENTS
Long Island Festival of Trees
Nov. 23 - Nov. 25

Location: Cradle of Aviation Museum, One Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $15 adults; $10 children under 12
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Huntington Lighthouse Parade of Lights
Nov. 23
Location: Huntington Harbor
Time: 6 p.m.
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Light the Lighthouse
Nov. 24

Location: Montauk Lighthouse
Time: Dusk (approximately 4 p.m.)
Price: Free Admission
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Connetquot River Boat Parade
Nov. 24

Location: Viewing locations -
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Oakdale Yacht
Nicoll's Point Marina
Vanderbit's Wharf
Great River Town Ramp
Timber Point
Time: 5:30 p.m. parade; 7 p.m. fireworks
Price: n/a
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Leg Lamp Lighting
Nov. 24

Location: Main Street in Northport
Time: 6 p.m.
Price: n/a
Village of Northport Events
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The Big Duck Lighting
Nov. 28

Location: The Big Duck, Route 24, Flanders
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Free
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St. James Model Railroad Club Holiday Train Display
Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Location: Mills Pond House, St. James
Time: Nov. 30 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 1 & 2 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $2/adults; 50 cents/kids (donation)
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Long Beach Tree Lighting
Nov. 30

Location: Kennedy Plaza, 1 West Chester St., Long Beach
Time: 4 p.m. kickoff; lighting at 6 p.m.
Price: n/a
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Brookhaven Town Christmas Tree Lighting
Nov. 30

Location: Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville
Time: 6 p.m.
Price: n/a
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Santacon Run & Roll for the Kids
Dec. 1

Location: Eisenhower State Park, East Meadow
Time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Price: $25 to run; Free to walk and roll
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Freeport Boat Parade
Dec. 1

Location: Nautical Mile, Freeport
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 pm.
Price: Grab a reservation to view from a steam boat. $10/adults; $5/kids
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7th Annual Wooden Wonderland
Dec. 1

Location: Suffolk Historical Society, 300 West Main St., Riverhead
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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Groundworks Landscaping Holiday Open House
Dec. 1-2

Location: 530 Montauk Highway, East Hampton
Time: Santa and friends visit from 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
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Ugly Sweater Beer & Yoga
Dec. 2

Location: Great South Bay Brewery, 25 Drexel Drive, Bay Shore
Time: 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; sign-in at 11 a.m.
Price: $20 (plus taxes/fees)
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Holiday Festival in Stony Brook Village
Dec. 2

Location: Stony Brook Village Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Free
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Charles Dickens Festival
Dec. 1 & 2

Location: Village of Port Jefferson
Time: Event times vary
Price: n/a
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Live Drive Through Nativity
Dec. 1 & 2
Location: Stony Brook Christian Assembly, 400 Nicholls Road, East Setauket
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Free
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Railroad Museum of Long Island's Holiday Open Houses
Dec. 1 & 2

Location: 440 4th St., Greenport
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.*
Price: Free

Chanukah with Lazer Lloyd & the IDF Lone Soldiers
Dec. 3
Location: Friends of Aish Kodesh, 894 Woodmere Place, Woodmere
Time: 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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TMB Train Club Open House
Dec. 8 & 9

Location: 120 Schmitt Blvd. Farmingdale, NY 11735
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Free
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Tree Lighting & Santa Visit
Dec. 7

Location: Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: Free
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Nutcracker Ballet
Dec. 7 - 9

Location: Guild Hall of East Hampton, 158 Main St., East Hampton
Time: Dec. 7 - 7 p.m.; Dec. 8 - 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Dec. 9 - 2 p.m.
Price: $20-$50
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Live Drive Through Nativity
Dec. 7 & 8
Location: Stony Brook Christian Assembly, 400 Nicholls Road, East Setauket
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Free
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Railroad Museum of Long Island's Holiday Open Houses
Dec. 8 & 9
Location: 416 Griffing Ave., Riverhead
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.*
Price: Free
*Santa arrives at noon
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Re-enactment of the Flying Santa
Dec. 8

Location: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park, Field # 5
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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Electric Light Parade
Dec. 8

Location: Long Beach (starts at Ohio Avenue)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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Dutch Christmas
Dec. 8

Location: The LI Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville
Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: $5 (reservations required)
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Victorian Christmas Celebration at the Hawkins House
Dec. 8-9

Location: 111 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank
Time: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Price: $15 for adults; $8 for children (reservations required)
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Three Village Electric Parade
Dec. 9

Location: Starts at Emma Clark Library/Setauket School, 1134 Main St. in E. Setauket, proceeds down Main Street to the Brookhaven Kiwanis Park
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: n/a
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