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Christmas & Hanukah on Long Island

Everything You Need to Know About Christmas & Hanukah on Long Island, NY

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Find out where to see Christmas tree and menorah lightings, where to order holiday take-out, where to eat during the holidays and more.

1. Christmas Tree & Menorah Lightings on Long Island

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Photo © iStockPhoto
Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukah or you just delight in the holidays, there are plenty of festive occasions to bring some sparkling lights into your winter days. Learn about places in Nassau and Suffolk Counties where you can watch Christmas trees and menorahs lit up in all their splendor.

2. Hanukah on Long Island

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Whether you spell it "Hanukah," "Hanukkah" or "Chanukah," the Jewish Festival of Lights is a joyous celebration, commemorating the victory of the Jews over the Greek-Syrians. Read about some places to commemorate the holiday on Long Island.

3. Christmas & Hanukah Dinner Takeout on Long Island

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Photo © iStockphoto
Make your holiday even more enjoyable by ordering Christmas or Hanukah takeout dinners at one of the many local places on Long Island. They'll do all the hard work for you so you can sit back and relax and savor the delicious, already-prepared feasts.

4. Christmas Day & Christmas Eve Dinners at Long Island Restaurants

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Why not go out for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to one of the many fine restaurants on Long Island? Here's a sampling of some of the great eateries that will be open and serving delicious meals for the holidays.

5. Long Island Christmas Tree Farms

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Photo © iStockphoto
Nothing brings to mind the holidays like the lovely sights and scents of a Christmas tree, gleaming with garlands and sparkling decorations. Whether you want to cut down your own tree or prefer buying a freshly-cut one, read about some Christmas tree farms on Long Island where you can purchase evergreens that have been grown right locally.

6. Performances of The Nutcracker on Long Island

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Photo © Eglevsky Ballet
One of the most loved ballets, he Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl's encounters with both strange and wonderful creatures at Christmastime, all set to the captivating music of Tchaikovsky. The whole family will enjoy watching a live performance, and you don't have to go all the way into the city to see this beautiful ballet. Here are some places on Long Island where The Nutcracker will be performed.

7. What's The Best or Worst Gift You've Ever Received?

Some people have a knack for finding wonderful, appropriate gifts, while others have us scratching our heads and asking, "What were they thinking?" Tell us about that heartwarming present your friend gave you, or that strange, unattractive object wrapped up in a wrinkled shopping bag and handed to you by a co-worker.

8. Show Us Your Christmas Tree on Long Island

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Photo © iStockphoto
Share your photos of your lovely Christmas tree with readers. Read more about how to share your Christmas tree photos...

9. Last Minute Gifts

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Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Did the holidays creep up on you? Even if you don't have a lot of time to buy Christmas or Hanukah presents for friends or family, you can still find something of value in a short time. Here's a list of some easy-to-get last minute gifts. Read more about Last Minute Gifts...

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