10 Christmas Day Activities for Long Island Families

Things To Do with Kids on Christmas Day Around Long Island | What's Open?

Looking for something to do after gift opening on Christmas Day as a family on Long Island? Or not celebrating and wondering what is open December 25? While many businesses are closed, there are quite a few kid destinations open, plus plenty of holiday activities, both indoors and out, to keep the group entertained. In fact, we’ve rounded up 10 activities the whole family can enjoy.

For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide. Plus, we have your best bets for the long Christmas and Hanukkah weekend and things to do over the 10-day school vacation, too!

1. See a movie. Catch Sing, Rogue One, Moana, or another family flick. Most theaters are open on Christmas Day, although they might be operating on holiday hours.

2. Lace on the ice skates. Hit the ice at one of Long Island’s indoor or outdoor rinks, some of which remain open such as the Port Washington Skate Center.

3. Check out holiday light displays. Looking at the beautiful displays lighting up Long Island is a favorite holiday tradition, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Choose from among the many planned displays, or take a tour to see the spectacular lights adorning homes around LI. 

4. Put the finishing touches on your Santa photo. Prove to the kids Santa was there with these apps that let you fake a photo of Santa in your living room!

5. Take a hike. Bundle up the kiddies and enjoy the great outdoors on a winter walk. You can check out the Holiday Ho-Ho-Hike in Manorville.

6. Day trip into NYC for a quiet but festive holiday walk, or a visit to one of these NYC hot spots that remain open on the holiday, including theater, museums, and even zoos.

7. Make it a family day. Tackle something on our 100 Things to Do on Long Island with Kids list, play board games, or make a family craft project with one of these dozens of DIY ideas. You might also consider the Mid-Island JCC's family day with fun for all ages and followed by a community menorah lighting, or the Chanukah Experience in Merrick.


Hit the lanes at AMF East Meadow. Photo courtesy AMF.

8. Go bowling. Many of the area's bowling alleys open, albeit on an abbreviated schedule, such as AMF East Meadow, which opens at 3pm on Christmas Day. Call ahead for these lanes in Nassau County and Suffolk County to see what is open in your nabe. Also, Chabad of Mid-Suffolk hosts a bowling night at Bowlmor for families.

9. Enjoy dinner out. There are several Long Island restaurants open on Christmas Day, so take advantage of the chance to have someone else cook (and clean up) for you. 

10. Volunteer. It's the season for giving so why not give to those less fortunate by volunteering. You can adopt a family for the season, donate toys, or work a soup kitchen on the big day. 

Top photo: Go for a spin on the ice at Greenport Village rink. Photo courtesy of the rink.

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