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. Here are some places in Nassau and Suffolk Counties where you can watch Christmas trees and menorahs lit up in all their splendor.
Note: This list is updated every year. Here are the Christmas Tree & Menorah Lightings on Long Island for 2013.
Monday, December 2 through Monday, December 30, 2013 (closed 12/24 & 25)
For the 10th consecutive year, the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County present the largest light show on Long Island: their annual Holiday Light Show at 600 Lakeview Avenue in Bayport, New York, open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. (Note: the display is CLOSED on December 24 and December 25.)
Drive through a lovely, mile-long wooded trail surrounded by dazzling light displays and holiday vignettes. There are new displays every year. Cost: $12 per car from Monday through Thursday, $15 per car from Friday through Sunday.
And after you take a drive through the light show, visit the Holiday Village, where you can take photos with Santa, visit the Hall of trees, buy gifts and more. (Note: the village is closed from Tuesday, December 24 through the 31st.)
More information: 10th Annual Holiday Light Show.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 4:30 p.m. Bring the whole family. Celebrate the season with your friends and neighbors as the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual Christmas Tree lighting. There will be a special appearance by Santa, there will be caroling, as well as hot chocolate. Location: in front of the Irish Times Pub, 975 Main St, Holbrook (across from the Holbrook Diner)
Saturday, December 7, 2013Belmont Lake State Park Tree Lighting Festivities start at 4:15 p.m., and the tree will be lit around 5 p.m. There will be holiday music, ice sculpting demo, and a fireworks display. Santa will arrive on the Long Island Sleigh Express. Everyone is welcome to this celebration.
Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Parkway - exit 38, West Babylon, NY. More info: (631) 667-5055.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Update: Sorry...this popular event is sold out. Old Westbury Gardens will host its annual First Night and Tree Lighting from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the mansion decked out in holiday splendor. Tree lighting, cookies and cider served, performance by the Bethel Concert Choice, and of course, a visit from Santa.
General Admission: $10.00 adults, $5.00 children (2 to 12 years). Members: $5.00 adults, members' children: free. Due to limited space, reservations are required.
More info: www.oldwestburygardens.org.
Sunday, December 8, 2013Stony Brook Village presents its FREE Annual Holiday Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. Bring the kids to see Santa (from 2 to 5 p.m. at the rear of the village, and again at 5:30 p.m. on the Village Green to throw the switch to light the holiday tree.
For more information, please visit Stony Brook Village or call (631)751-2244.
Friday, December 6, 2013FREE. Annual Christmas Tree Lighting - Town of Brookhaven at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY. FREE. Rain or shine. Show starts at 6 p.m. and tree lighting is at 7.
Come and enjoy music and entertainment from the town's Talent Show Winners, Michelle Ferraro Dance U.S.A., Rocky Point High School Singing Santas.
Please bring a new, unwrapped child’s toy for the town's INTERFACE Program.
Saturday, December 7, 2012The East Islip Historical Society, in collaboration with the Islip Arts Council, presents the Annual Orphan Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. in front of the Islip Arts Museum, Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY.
The event i apart of Merry on Main - Islip Town Holiday Celebration, which runs from 2 pm. to 6 p.m. on Main Street in Islip. A parade starts at Brookwood Hall at 2 p.m.
More info: www.IslipArts.org.
Friday, December 13, 2013 and Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, 2013FREE admission and FREE activities. NO parking fee.The Ninth Annual Tree Lighting and Visit from Santa at Coe Hall Mansion and Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m. sharp. Coe Hall Mansion will be decorated for the season, and you can take a self-guided visit. Kids can visit with Santa until 7:30 pl.m. in the Main Greenhouse Classroom.
More info: please call the Arboretum at (516) 922-8678 or (516) 922-8676.
Note: On Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, 2013, 10 a.m .to 4 p.m. on both days, there's a full holiday weekend at Coe Hall. $10 per person for non-members, free for members and children 12 and under. All activities and performances are free with the $10 admission. There is no parking fee. See Santa, the Madrigal Singers and on Saturday, watch Scrooge or on Sunday, watch Jack Frost by the Plaza Theatrical Productions in the Great Hall. Show times for Scrooge and Jack Frost: 2:30 p.m.
Friday, December 6, 2013The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial, at the corner of Bedford and Broadway in Bellmore Village, NY. Festivities will include a Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m., a visit from Santa, live Nativity, carolers, holiday music, horse and carriage rides (For a small fee) from 6 to 9 p.m., trolley rides through the community (for a small fee), and refreshments (for a small fee.)
Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores. More info: please call (516) 679-1875 or visit www.bellmorechamber.com.
Sunday, December 8, 2013Annual Tree Lighting from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Living Room c/o The Maidstone, 207 Main Street, East Hampton, NY, (631) 324-5006. The event will feature several activities and goodies for all attendees:
Santa will make an appearance, there will be live holiday music from a local choir, cookie decorating and much more.
The Living Room at c/o The Maidstone is also running a toy drive for Toys for Tots. A collection box will be available for new unwrapped toys throughout the holiday season. For further information contact The Living Room Restaurant at c/o The Maidstone at (631) 324-5006.