'Tis the season for tons of family-friendly events and activities. From holiday light displays and breakfast with Santa to watching The Nutcracker and ringing in the New Year, there is something merry and bright going on practically every day of the week this month on Long Island. So bundle the kids up and enjoy everything the season has to offer.
And for even more fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar, as well as our Long Island Holiday Fun Guide.
Meet Santa & His Reindeer - Westbury
Christmas Animated Story
Santa will be in the store daily throughout December. Free
Polar Express Trolley Ride - Riverhead
Departs from All Star Bowling, 96 Main Road
Depart from The All Star in Riverhead and travel north, interacting with a character from the movie and listening to a reading of The Polar Express. When you arrive at their North Pole, you will disembark the trolley and visit with Santa!
Bayville Winter Wonderland - Bayville
Bayville Adventure Park
Select dates in December
See Santa and more throughout December.
Boardwalk Lights. Photo courtesy of the event.
Boardwalk Lights - Long Beach
Long Beach Boardwalk
Runs through mid-January
Boardwalk Lights is a free holiday nautical themed light show display on the boardwalk. The six-week-long event will be highlighted with special evenings featuring visits from Santa Claus, holiday music, caroling and more.
Elf Jr. The Musical - Smithtown
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main Street
Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.
Gingerbread Decoration at Children's Museum of the East End. Photo courtesy of the museum.
Gingerbread Decorating Workshops - Bridgehampton
Children's Museum of the East End
December 3 & 10
Let your child's inner designer run wild as they decorate their own (pre-built) gingerbread house with a selection of vivid and vibrant edible goodies. Registration required.
Christmas With the Roosevelts - Oyster Bay
Sagamore Hill, 20 Sagamore Hill Road
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site will host Christmas with the Roosevelts at Sagamore Hill. Activities will include holiday music performed by Larry Moser and Mary Nagin of Huntington caroling by Close Enough and more.
Festival of Lights - Freeport
December 3, 7pm
Shop, dine and enjoy the Nautical Mile Holiday Boat Parade.
A Very Mini Nutcracker, presented by Integral Ballet, is ideal for smaller children. Photo courtesy of Integral Ballet.
A Very Mini Nutcracker - Merrick
Brookside Theater, 1260 Meadowbrook Road
December 3-4, various times
Integral Ballet offers an abbreviated version of The Nutcracker.
Hanukkah Lights - Plainview
Once Upon a Treetop, 151 Dupont Street, Plainview
December 5, 10am
This Hanukkah event includes a reading of the book, Hanukkah Lights, creating a decorative menorah to take home and play time.
Brunch With Santa - Riverhead
December 11, various times
Long Island Aquarium, Main Street
Say hello to the mascots, enjoy a delicious buffet brunch in the waterfront Sea Star Ballroom, and take along a camera to capture a family photo with Santa! Enjoy an educational talk and the chance to make a special take-home holiday keepsake!
Candlelight Evenings Holiday Show - Old Bethpage
December 16, 7pm
Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road
Enjoy a vintage model train show that is just part of the entertainment at the village restoration, where the clock is always turned back to the 19th century. Continue the celebration with songs, period storytelling, music and more.
Yankee Whaler Victorian Holiday Party - Cold Spring Harbor
December 17, 12pm
The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main Street
Celebrate Victorian-style crafts of olde and ring in the holidays with live sea shanties, scrimshaw carving, candle-dipping and other festive crafts.
Pre-Chanukah Wonderland - Dix Hills
December 18, 11:30am
The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway
Arts & crafts, games and activities such as decorating donuts, making latkes, finding Judah the Maccabee, and an olive press workshop to learn how to make olive oil much the same way it was done during the time of the Chanukah story.
Menorah Lighting - Long Beach
December 26, 5:30pm
There will be music, dancing and treats. The Menorah will be lit each night of Chanukah.
Jack Frost - Hicksville
Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pkwy, Hicksville
December 28, 11am
Share the antics of the crafty Jack Frost and the beautiful young maiden who melts his heart.
Star Wars Workshop - Roslyn
Abrakadoodle, 55 Lumbar Road
December 29, various times
Explore creative art materials, discover new techniques and design your own unique masterpiece.
Countdown to 12 - Garden City
Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
December 31, 12pm
Celebrate the New Year in the tradition of New York’s famous Times Square style with this ultimate family party. They’ll begin and end the party with ball drop to ensure that everyone enjoys the experience on a schedule that matches their family’s schedule.