Guide: Tree Lighting & 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.

UPCOMING OR ONGOING EVENTS:

A Vintage Christmas
Everyday
Location: Rosie’s Vintage Store, 101 Woodbury Road, Huntington
Shop with vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations. Walk down memory lane and experience Christmas past. Very visual - and fun!
Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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Riverhead Holiday Light Show & Santa’s Village
Nov. 22- Dec. 29 (select dates)
Location: 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton
The Riverhead Holiday Light Show is the largest drive-through light show in Suffolk County! Now in its second year, you can experience this dazzling light show from the warmth of your car. About 20-25 minutes long. Featuring dozens of dazzling displays to delight the entire family! 

Jones Beach Light Show
Nov. 22 - Jan. 4
Location: Ocean Parkway, Jones Beach
Time: Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: $25/vehicle Monday-Thursday; $30/vehicle Friday-Sunday
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Bayville Winter Wonderland
Nov. 29 - Jan. 1
Time: Dates and times vary
Location: Bayville Adventure Park
Captain Bay's Yo-Ho Holiday Light Show tells the story of a pirate's first Christmas. Santa's Toy Factory Fun House boasts bright flourescent-colored walls that can be seen in 3D with glasses. Other attractions include Blizzard Bay's Arctic Skating Adventure, the Holiday Express train ride, and a magical meeting with Santa. 
Price: $23.75 for adults and $20.75 for children 8 and younger. Santa experience costs extra.
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Magic Polar Express Ride
Nov. 29 - Dec. 23
Location: Riverhead
North Fork trips depart from The All-Star Bowling Alley, 96 Main Road, Riverhead, (Route 25/County Route 58 just west of route 105).   
South Fork trips depart from The Omni, Hampton Jitney Terminal, Southampton, (County Route 39A, 9/10's of a mile east of the 7-11 in Southampton). Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
Price: $57
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Fink’s Country Farm Winter Wonderland
Weekends in December through 12/22
Location: 6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River
Time: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
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Girl Scouts' Holiday Light Show
Dec. 1 - 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.; Dec. 16-19, 5-10PM, Dec. 20-23, 5-11PM
Price: $20/car; $40/mini bus/RV; $70/bus/trolley
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Santa's House:
The Sputo Family
Farmingdale
3 Main St., at the corner of Powell Place, across from Northside School
Dec. 12, 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19 from  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Town of Brookhaven Holiday Light Spectacular
Dec. 13-15, 20-22
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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Living Nativity
Dec. 13 & 14
Location: Stony Brook Christian Assembly, 400 Nicholls Road, East Setauket
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Free
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Tree Lighting & Santa Visit
Dec. 13
Location: Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., tree lighting at 6 p.m.
Price: Free
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Long Island Gay Men's Chorus: Make the Yuletide Gay
Dec. 13-14
Location: 12/13 - Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City; 12/14 - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook in E. Setauket
Time: 8 p.m.
Price: $25
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TMB Train Club Open House
Dec. 14 & 15; Jan. 4, 5, 18, 19; Feb. 1 & 2; March 7, 8
Location: 120 Schmitt Blvd. Farmingdale, NY 11735
Price: Free
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Menorah Parade
Dec. 14
Location: Starts at The Sands of Atlantic Beach, ending at Long Beach City Hall with a “Grand Menorah Lighting”
Time: 4:30 p.m.
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Re-enactment of the Flying Santa
Dec. 14
Location: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park, Field # 5
Time: 11 a.m.
Price: Free
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Electric Light Parade
Dec. 14
Location: Long Beach (starts at Ohio Avenue)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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SantaCon Farmingdale Pub Crawl Specials
Dec. 14
Location: Library Café, 274 Main Street, Farmingdale
Time: 12 p.m. 
Price: $25 in advance, $30 the day-of
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Eglevsky ballet presents 'The Nutcracker'
Dec. 14-15
Location: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Bethpage
Time: 12/14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; 12/15 at 2 p.m.
Price: starting at $55
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Frank Ohman's New York Dance Theatre presents 'The Nutcracker'
Dec. 14-15
Location: John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University
Time: 12 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Price: Adults $42; Children $32
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Three Village Electric Parade
Dec. 15
Location: Starts at Emma Clark Library/Setauket School, 1134 Main St. in E. Setauket, proceeds down Main Street to the Brookhaven Kiwanis Park
Time: 5-8 p.m.
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Post Office’s Annual Ugly Sweater Party
Dec. 19
Location: The Post Office Cafe, 130 West Main Street, Babylon
Time: 9 p.m.
Price: n/a
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Seiskaya Ballet Nutcracker Performances
Dec. 19 - Dec. 22
Location: Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook
Time: 12/19-20 - 7 p.m.; 12/21 - 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; 12/22 - 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Price: Adults - $40; Children - $34
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Celebrate the Winter Solstice & Return to the Light at the Jazz Loft with Ray Anderson
Dec. 20
Location: The Jazz Loft, Stony Brook
Price: 30, $25 for seniors; $20 for students and $15 for children

Annual Ugly Sweater Party at Maxwell's
Dec. 20
Location: Maxwell's, 501 Main Street, Islip
Time: 9 p.m.
Price: n/a
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Candlelight Evenings
Dec. 20-22, 27-29
Location: Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Time: 5-9:30 p.m.
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Mega Gelt Drop
Dec. 22
Location: Port Washington LIRR
Time: 3 p.m.
The Port Washington Fire Department is helping with the first “Mega Gelt Drop,” raining nearly 3,000 chocolate gelt coins on the crowd at the annual “Chanukah at the Port Washington LIRR,” which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Schreiber High School Tri M Musicians will play holiday songs, and a 14-foot menorah will be lighted. The free festivities, sponsored by the Chabad of Port Washington, will include a fire juggler, latkes, jelly doughnuts and coffee donated by Starbucks.  
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PAST EVENTS

Nov. 22 - Nov. 24
St. James Model Railroad Club Holiday Train Display

Location: Mills Pond House, St. James
Time: Nov. 22 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Nov. 23 & 24 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $2/adults; 50 cents/kids (donation)
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Patchogue Parade of Boats
Nov. 24
Location: Patchogue River (free viewing at Harbor Crab)
Time: 6 p.m.
The 26th Annual Patchogue Village Christmas Holiday Boat Parade will be on the Patchogue River on the evening of November 24 with a theme of "A Pirate Christmas."

Long Island Festival of Trees
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1
Location: Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY. 11530
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $15 adults; $10 children under 12
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Milleridge Village Tree Lighting
Nov. 29
Location: 585 North Broadway, Jericho
Time: 6-8 p.m.
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Huntington Holiday Parade and Wall Street Festival & Tree Lighting
Nov. 30
Location: Huntington Village
Time: Children’s scavenger hunt and crafts 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Wall Street Festival - 2 p.m to close.; Street entertainment 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; pre-parade entertainment 5:00 p.m.; electric light parade - 5:30 p.m.; tree lighting to follow
Price: Free
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Christmas Boat Parade and Grucci Fireworks on the Connetquot River
Nov. 30 (rain date Dec. 1)
Location: Viewing locations - 
Snapper Inn
View
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: Free
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Leg Lamp Lighting from “A Christmas Story”
Nov. 30
Location: 50 Main Street in Northport (Carl’s Candies)
Time: 6 p.m.
Price: Free
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TMB Train Club Open House
Nov. 30 & Dec. 1
Location: 120 Schmitt Blvd. Farmingdale, NY 11735
Price: Free
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Light the Lighthouse
Nov. 30
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Montauk Lighthouse.
Price: Free 
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Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium Tree Lighting
Nov. 30
Location: Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport
Time: 4-6 p.m.
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Del Vino Vineyards Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration
Dec. 3
Location: 29 Norwood Road, Northport
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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The Big Duck Lighting
Dec. 4
Location: The Big Duck, Route 24, Flanders
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Free
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Long Beach Tree Lighting
Dec. 6
Location: Kennedy Plaza, 1 West Chester St., Long Beach
Time: 4 p.m. kickoff; lighting at 6 p.m.
Price: Free
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Brookhaven Town Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 6
Location: Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville
Time: Pre-Show Activities at 4:30 pm Lighting at 6 p.m.
Price: Free
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Orient Beach State Park Tree Lighting & Santa Visit
Dec. 6
Location: Orient Beach State Park, 40000 Main Road, Orient
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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Bayard Cutting Arboretum Tree Lighting & Santa Visit
Dec. 6
Location: Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hwy, Great River
Time: 5:30 to 7:30
Price: Free
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Three Village Historical Society Candlelight House Tour
Dec. 6-7
Location: Select homes in Old Field South and the Old Field Horse Farm
Time: 12/6 - 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; 12/7 - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: Starts at $40 for members
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Nutcracker Ballet
Dec. 6 - 8
Location: Guild Hall of East Hampton, 158 Main St., East Hampton
Time: Dec. 6 - 7 p.m.; Dec. 7 - 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Dec. 8 - 2 p.m.
Price: $20-$50
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Christmas at Sagtikos Holiday House Tour
Dec. 7, 8
Location: 677 Montauk Highway, West Bay Shore
Time: 10:00am, 10:15am, 10:30am,10:45am,11:00am, 11:15am, 11:30am, 11:45am & 1:00pm, 1:15pm, 1:30pm, 1:45pm, 2:00pm, 2:15pm, 2:30pm
Price: NON-MEMBER ADULT: $27 | CHILD (5-12): $9
Sagtikos Manor Historical Society MEMBER ADULT: $22 | CHILD (5-12): $8
Day of the event with no reservations cost is $30 for adults, children (5-12) $10.
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Freeport Boat Parade
Dec. 7
Location: Nautical Mile, Freeport
Time: 7-10 p.m.
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Fink’s Country Farm Holiday Tree Lighting
Dec. 7
Location: 6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River
Time: 7 p.m.
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9th Annual Wooden Wonderland
Dec. 7
Location: Suffolk Historical Society, 300 West Main St., Riverhead
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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THE LIFE Lutheran Church Tree Lighting and Family Festival
Dec. 7
Location: THE LIFE Lutheran Church, 1 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury
Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.
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Dutch Christmas
Dec. 7
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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Belmont Lake State Park Tree Lighting & Fireworks
Dec. 7
Location: Belmont Lake State Park, 625 Belmont Ave, West Babylon
North Babylon
Time: 4:15
Price: Free
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Railroad Museum of Long Island's Holiday Open Houses
Dec. 7-8
Location: 440 4th St., Greenport
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Price: Free
Dec. 14-15
Location: 416 Griffing Ave., Riverhead
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Price: Free
*Santa arrives at noon
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Charles Dickens Festival
Dec. 7-8
Location: Village of Port Jefferson
Time: Event times vary
Price: n/a
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Holiday Festival in Stony Brook Village
Dec. 8
Location: Stony Brook Village Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., tree lighting at 5:30
Price: Free
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