Guide: Winter 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.
NOTE: All events are subject to change. COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines are mandated - including masks and social distancing.

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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Insta-Fun with Holiday Backdrops in North Hempstead Town Parks
Ongoing
Information: The town will be offering large holiday-themed backdrops for residents at parks throughout the Town.
Locations: Mary Jane Davies Green Park in Manhasset, Blumenfeld Park in Port Washington, Martin “Bunky” Reid Park in Westbury, and Broadway Park in New Hyde Park.

PAST EVENTS

Jones Beach Light Show
Nov. 13 - Jan. 2, 2021
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 advanced ticket/vehicle; Monday-Thursday - $30/vehicle at the gate; Friday-Sunday - $35/vehicle at the gate
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Riverhead Holiday Light Show & Santa’s Village
Nov. 19 - Dec. 30 (select dates)
Location: 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton
Time: Opens at 5 p.m. - closing times vary
Price: Sunday-Thursday - $23/vehicle; Friday-Saturday - $25/vehicle
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Illuminating Holiday Light Display at Botanic Garden
Ends Jan. 8
Information: Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson will be transformed into a winter wonderland with dazzling light displays on throughout the 12-acre grounds. The garden will have extended hours and be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Free and open to all North Hempstead residents. 
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Christmas House Long Island
Ends Jan. 10, 2021
Time: Monday-Thursday - 3 p.m.-11 p.m.; Friday - 3 p.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday - 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday - 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Location: 1241 Old Country Road, Riverhead, NY
Phone: (631) 591-0455
Price: Adults - $30; Children 10 & under - $25
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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. 18-23, 5-11 p.m.
Price: Ticket prices start at $20
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Long Beach Tree Lighting
Dec. 4
NOTE: THIS IS A VIRTUAL EVENT
Location: Kennedy Plaza 
Time: 4 p.m. kickoff; lighting at 6 p.m.
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Brookhaven Town Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 4
NOTE: THIS IS A VIRTUAL EVENT
Time: Pre-Show Activities at 4:30 p.m.; Lighting at 6 p.m.
Price: Free
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Bayville Winter Wonderland
Dec. 4 - Jan. 1, 2021
Time: Dates and times vary
Location: Bayville Adventure Park
Price: $23.75 for adults and $20.75 for children 8 and younger. Santa experience costs extra.
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Three Village Historical Society Candlelight House Tour
Dec. 4-5
Location: Select homes in Old Field South and the Old Field Horse Farm
Time: 12/4 - 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; 12/5 - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: Starts at $40 for members
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Home for the Holidays
Dec. 4 & 5, Dec. 11, Dec. 13, Dec. 18 & 19
Location: Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Time: 4 p.m.-5 p.m. or 6 p.m.-7 p.m.Tickets are required.
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Fink’s Country Farm Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 5
Location: 6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River
Time: 7 p.m.
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Freeport Boat Parade
Dec. 5 
Location: Nautical Mile, Freeport
Time: 7-10 p.m.*
Tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m.
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Dutch Christmas
Dec. 5
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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Living Nativity
Dec. 5 & 6; Dec. 11 & 12
Location: Stony Brook Christian Assembly, 400 Nicholls Road, East Setauket
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Free
Enjoy this presentation from the comfort of your car.
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Holiday Tree Cheer Virtual Celebration in Stony Brook Village
Dec. 6 
Zoom calls with Santa at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.  - registration is required
Virtual tree lighting on the Village Green at 5:30 p.m. (on Stony Brook’s Facebook Live)
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Holiday trees will be on display until Jan. 4, 2021; vote for your favorite from Dec. 6-Dec. 21; ballots can be found in shops and eateries.
Menorah Workshop To Go
Dec. 6
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Chabad of the Beaches 60 W. Beech St., Long Beach
Pick up a toolkit and build it together on Zoom.
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Menorah Lighting Events
Dec. 12 & 13
Location: Chabad of the Beaches 60 W. Beech St., Long Beach
Events: Dec. 10 - Donut drive-thru at 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 12 - Chanukah Gifts drive-thru at 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 13 - Latke drive-thru at 6:30 p.m.
Each night the lighting of the menorah will be livestreamed. In person attendance is limited to 50, and you must RSVP.More Information
Chanukah Drive-In Menorah Lighting & Concert
Dec. 10
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: North Hempstead Town Park, Bar Beach
Price: $20/per carMore Information
Hosted by the Chabad of Port Washington. 
Menorah Lighting Events
Dec. 12 & 13
Location: Chabad of the Beaches
60 W. Beech St., Long Beach
Events: Dec. 10 - Donut drive-thru at 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 12 - Chanukah Gifts drive-thru at 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 13 - Latke drive-thru at 6:30 p.m.
Each night the lighting of the menorah will be livestreamed. In person attendance is limited to 50, and you must RSVP.
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Food for Thought: Theater Gives Back
Dec. 11
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Long Island Gay Men's Chorus: Home for the Holiday Special
Dec. 12
Location: VFW 433 Sayville, Lakeland Avenue, Sayville
Time: 8 p.m.
Price: $25
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The Nutcracker, live from a 'TV Sudio'
Dec. 12
Time: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
NOTE: THIS IS A VIRTUAL EVENT
Price: $20 per household
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Virtual Storytime with Santa
Dec. 13
Time: 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Price: Free
While this virtual, interactive event is free, a donation suggestion of $5 would help the Michaelos family. Their 5-year-old daughter is fighting cancer.
Click here to sign up for the 6 p.m. story. 
Click here to sign up for the 7 p.m. story. 
Three Village Drive-Through Holiday Electric Parade
Dec. 13
Location: Ward Melville High School, 380 Old Town Road, East Setauket
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.Holiday floats will light up the parking lot as spectators stay cozy in their cars.
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Menorah Car Parade
Dec. 13
Time: 11 a.m.-11:40 a.m.
Location: Starts at the Chabad of Port Washington at 80 Shore Road
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Ginger Bells at Adventureland
Dec. 5-Dec. 19
Time: Saturdays in December; two sessions 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Adventureland - 2245 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale
Price: $49.99
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Festival of Lights Drive-through Display
Dec. 14 & 15
Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: Gurwin Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center
68 Commack Road
Hauppauge, NY
The event is free and open to all.
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Bright Lights at The Vanderbilt Museum
Nov. 28 - Dec. 20
Location: Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport
Time: Every weekend from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Price: Members/Non-members - $20/$25 for adults; $10/$15 for children
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Fink’s Country Farm Winter Wonderland
Weekends in December through 12/20
Location: 6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River
Time: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
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Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Dec. 16 - Dec. 20
More Information: The Town of North Hempstead will host Zoom calls with Santa Claus. Families need to register for event
Spots will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  Zoom calls are open to town residents only. 
Residents can make appointments for the following times: Dec. 16– 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., Dec. 18 - 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., Dec. 19– 12 p.m., 4 p.m., or 5 p.m., Dec. 20– 2 p.m., 4 p.m., or 5 p.m.
Town of Brookhaven: Messages from Santa
Ends Dec. 23
In lieu of the Holiday Light Spectacular
Price: $25 per family video
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Happy New Year’s Card Writing Campaign
Until Dec. 29
Tel: 516-869-6311
More information: The Town of Hempstead will be hosting a Happy New Year’s card writing campaign thanking local veterans, soldiers wounded in action, servicemen, and servicewomen overseas. Cards should be unsealed in an envelope and can be dropped off at:
  1. Michael J. Tully Park at 1801 Evergreen Ave, New Hyde Park – Entrance
  2. “Yes We Can” Community Center at 141 Garden Street, Westbury – Entrance Vestibule
  3. Town Hall 2 at 200 Plandome Road, Manhasset – Outside Town Clerk & Tax Office
  4. Port Washington Parking District at 15 Vanderventer Avenue, Port Washington – Under outdoor awning
  5. Landmark on Main Street at 232 Main Street, Port Washington - Under the Jeanne Rimsky Theater awning
  6. Gold Coast Arts Center at 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck – Outside near entrance to the Center (Maple Drive parking lot)
Town of North Hempstead New Year's Fireworks Extravaganza
Jan. 2, 2021
North Hempstead Beach Park (south lot)
Time: 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Gates will open an hour before showtime; open to Town of North Hempstead residents only. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Capacity is limited to 800 vehicles. Refreshments will NOT be available.

New Year's Eve

Dec. 31
Library Café
274 Main St.Farmingdale
Time: Last seating is 8:30 p.m.
Phone: (516) 752-7678
Reservations are required.
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3 Consuelo Place
Oakdale
Time: 4 p.m.-6 p.m., 6:15 p.m.-8 p.m.
Phone: (631) 589-2694
The later seating includes a champagne toast with dessert and favors to take home for midnight.
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Maxwell's
501 Main St.
Islip
Phone: (631) 210-0011
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New Year's Day

Jan. 1
Libary Café
274 Main St.
Farmingdale
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Phone: (516) 752-7678
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Maxwell's
501 Main St.
Islip
Time: 12-3 p.m.
Phone: (631) 210-0011
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3 Consuelo Place
Oakdale
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Phone: (631) 589-2694
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