NOTE: This page is updated annually. Here are the events for December 2012.
It's time to get ready for the holidays and think about where to go to combat cabin fever. From holiday concerts to visits to adorned houses and even a Dickens Festival, there's plenty to do on Long Island this month.
Family Sunday at the Museum. Each Sunday, the Nassau County Museum of Art offers a 1 p.m. docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition, and beginning at 1:30 p.m., supervised art activities for the whole family. Family Sunday at the Museum is free with museum admission. The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive (just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Rd.) in Roslyn Harbor. Admission to the main building PLUS the Art Space for Children is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $4 for students and children ages 4-12. These prices include admission to the MiniArtMuseum for Children.
Now Through February 24, 2013
Artists in America, featuring works by Copley, Peale, Whistler, Sargent, Hopper, O'Keeffe, Rockwell and Wyeth at the Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive (just off Northern Boulevard), Roslyn Harbor. Open 12 pm-4:30 pm Tuesday through Sunday. (Admission to main building + Art Space for Children $10/adults, $8/seniors 62+, $4/students, $4/children 4-12 years of age, museum members/free.)
Saturday, December 1, 2012
6:30 to 9 p.m. First Night and Tree Lighting at Old Westbury Gardens,71 Old Westbury Road. The house will be filled with live holiday music and there will be a performance by members of the Bethel Concert Choir, a visit by Santa Claus, a tree lighting on the South Terrace at 8:15 p.m. and light refreshments. $10 per person, $5 for members and children 3 to 12 years. Members' children enter for free.
Advance registration required. Please call (516) 333-0048, extension 301 or register online at www.oldwestburygardens.org.
Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 2012
The 34th Annual Candlelight House Tour. The Three Village Historical Society presents its yearly Candlelight House Tour, a showcase of select local homes decked out in the holiday spirit by professional decorators. For more information and tickets, please visit the Three Village Historical Society, call (631) 751-3730 or email email@example.com.
Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 2012
The 17th Annual Dickens Festival in the Village of Port Jefferson. The event will include music, singers in period costume, street performers,entertainment, food and much more. For more information, please go to the Port Jefferson Dickens Festival.
Sunday, December 2, 2012From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rock Hall Museum, enjoy a festive holiday evening. In Colonial America, the New Year was celebrated with music, cider, sweets and decorations. Bring the whole family to celebrate. Members/seniors: $7, non-members: $10, students: FREE. Reservations requested at (516) 239-1157..
The museum is located at 199 Broadway, Lawrence, NY (next to Lawrence Middle School.)
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Christmas at Hallockville. Start the holiday season at the museum farm. Featuring guided tours of decorated historic homes, costumed interpreters, antique toys, musicians, carriage rides, children's activities and Santa Claus! 12 to 3:30 p.m. Admission fee: $8/adults, children 6-12: $4, family pass (2 adults and 2 children):$18. The Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Visit the Hallockville Museum Farm website or all (631) 298-5292 for more information.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012FREE. Come to Book Revue, 313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY at 7 p.m., for a special signing event with Ken Jennings who will speak and sign his new book, Because I Said So.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Kingston Trio at 7:30 p.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts - Hillwood Recital Hall, 720 Northern Boulevard, Greenvale. Tickets: $52 per person. Call (516) 299-2752 or visit Tilles Center.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Guitar Extravaganza - Celebrating Les Paul - how High the Moon at 7:30 p.m. at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center - Five Towns College, 305 North Service Road, Dix Hills, NY. For more information and to purchase tickets - $10 per person, please visit Dix Hills Performing Arts Center or call (631) 656-2148.
Saturday, December 22, 2012Opera et Al presents Here We Come A-Caroling, a live performance of solos by local singers, plus an audience sing-along of carols with sheet music provided, as well as favors and refreshments. Donation at the door: $10 per adult, and children are admitted for FREE. At the Smithtown United Methodist Church, 230 Middle Country Road, Smithtown (Village of the Branch), NY (one quarter mile east of the Smithtown library.) All proceeds benefit the church's Children's Educational Fund. More info: (631) 265-6945/
Now Through Monday, December 24, 2012
Bring the kids to Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, where Santa will be at the store every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to take pictures with the kids. Admission is FREE. Visit during store hours, which are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. on Sundays, and see the FREE ;animated Christmas story, "Something Special for Santa." More information: Hicks Nurseries or call (516) 334-0066.
Also, remember that Hicks is partnering with Long Island Cares so please bring non-perishable food to donate at the entrance to the nurseries.