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December Calendar of Events on Long Island - 2013

Where to Go and What to Do on Long Island in December

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NOTE: This page is updated annually. Here are the events for December 2013.

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.

See also Christmas and Hanukah on Long Island.

Ongoing Sundays

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 23, 2014

Peter Max, featuring an exhibition of drawings and paintings by this acclaimed contemporary artist 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.)

Friday, December 6, 2013

From 7 p.m. to midnight, a formal evening in the Red Ballroom with dinner at Old Westbury Gardens,71 Old Westbury Road. Proceeds will benefit Old Westbury Gardens 2013 preservation projects.

Please call (516) 333-0048 for more information about prices and registration.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Old Westbury Gardens,71 Old Westbury Road, will be open tot eh public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be decorated period rooms, Santa will be there, and cookies and cider will be available. $8/general admission, $5/seiors and children 3 to 17, free for members.

Drop-in activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Children's Holiday Crafts.

First Night and Tree Lighting from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Westbury House will be decked in all its holiday splendor. There will be live holiday music featuring a performance by members of the Bethel Concert choir, a visit from Santa, light refreshments and a tree lighting ceremony on the South Terrace at 8:15 p.m. $10 per person, $5 for members and children 3 to 12, member's children free. Advance registration is required. Please call (516) 333-0048 extension 301 or register online at https://www.oldwestburygardens.org/reg_first_night_120713.htm

Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, 2013

35th Annual Candlelight House Tour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join the Three Village Historical for a tour showcasing select local homes dressed for the holidays by a team of local decorators. Each home will have a staff of docents to point out the architectual features and furnishings as well as the historic details of each house.

For more information and tickets, please visit the Three Village Historical Society, or call (631) 751-3730.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 6, 7 and 8, 2013

The 18th 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.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

FREE. Come to Book Revue, 313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY at 2 p.m., when Lidia Bastianich, chef and Emmy award-winning host of Lidia's Italy in America, will sign copies of her new cookbook, Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas at Hallockville, from 12 noon till 3:30 p.m. From 12 noon till 3:30 p.m. Christmas at Hallockville. Experience the traditions of a Victorian Christmas in the Hallock homestead and Polish Christmas in the Cichanowicz farmhouse. Admission: $8/adults, $6/museum members, $4/children ages 6 - 12, FREE for ages 5 and under, $18 for group of two adults and two children. Admission includes children's activities, woodworking demos, an antique toy exhibit, horse-drawn carriage rides, traditional holiday music, plus fresh-baked mince tart, babkas, cider and hot chocolate.

Santa will arrive at 2:30 p.m. Local vendors will sell their local produce and gifts. The Hallockville Bake Shop will sell homemade goodies.

You can purchase tickets in advance to save time. Make your purchase on their site at www.hallockville.com.

The Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Visit the Hallockville Museum Farm website or all (631) 298-5292 for more information.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Guitar Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center - Five Towns College, 305 North Service Road, Dix Hills, NY. From their website: "…..small groups, guitar ensembles, guitar orchestras, vocalists and the Tony Mottola Recording Ensemble will keep raising the thermostat. This is the second concert dedicated to the greatest jazz music instructors in the Northeast. We will be celebrating: Dennis Sandole, Adolph Sandole, Sal Salvador, Billy Bauer and Allan Hanlon."

For more information and to purchase tickets - $10 per person, please visit Dix Hills Performing Arts Center or call (631) 656-2148.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Enjoy a Festive Holiday Evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rock Hall Museum. Celebrate with music, decorations, cider and sweets. Members and seniors: $7, non-members: $10, students: FREE. Reservations are requested.

The museum will be decorated for the holidays from December 4th through January 5, 2014, and holiday gifts are available for purchase in the gift shop. 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.)

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