Thanksgiving Day Weekend 2022 on Long Island: Turkey Trots, Light Shows, and Breakfast with Santa

The magical light displays at Old Westbury Gardens will captivate your family. Photo by the author
The magical light displays at Old Westbury Gardens will captivate your family. Photo by the author

Looking for the best things to do on Long Island this Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for the holiday weekend.

Work up an appetite for your Thanksgiving feast by participating in a family-friendly turkey trot on Thursday morning. Or, get some activity in by driving or walking through a lantern show or a light show. For a throwback feel, check out how Christmas was celebrated in 1863 at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

If you're more interested in indoor activities this holiday weekend, you can view miles of tracks and trains at the West Island Model Railroad Club Open House in Hicksville or the TMB Model Train Show in Farmingdale. Or keep the feast going by booking reservations to grab breakfast with jolly old St. Nick himself.

Check out other holiday shows and more ideas for seasonal fun in our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Long Island Kids. And, as always, our Long Island Family Activity Calendar is a must-visit for picks any day of the week. 

Places featured in this article:


American Legion Hal

Wantagh Preservation Society

The Whaling Museum & Education Center

Sayville Historical Society

Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Smithhaven Mall
POP Tots at LICM
Long Island Children's Museum - 11:30 AM Pick
Winter Wonderland at Waterdrinker Family Farm
Waterdrinker Farm - 12:00 PM Pick
Girl Scouts Of Suffolk County Holiday Light Show
Smith Point County Park - 5:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides