Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Activities for LI Kids
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are among those rare times on Long Island when many family-friendly places are closed. But not everything is shut down.
As it turns out, there is quite a bit to do December 24-25. While some of your options are out of the house and may cost money, some free possibilities are listed in this roundup of activities the whole family can enjoy.
1. Go skating. Many rinks are open, including the Port Washington Skating Center, The Rinx in Port Jefferson, Superior Ice Rink in Kings Park (Christmas Eve only), Newbridge Arena in Bellmore (Christmas Eve only), and the ice rink at Tanger Outlets in Deer Park (Christmas Eve only). United Skates of America in Seaford is open on Christmas Eve for indoor roller skating.
5. Cut your own Christmas tree. If you haven't picked out a tree yet, there's still time. Several locations remain open until Christmas Eve, plus you might get a deal.
6. See a movie. Catch Ferdinand, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Coco, or another family flick. Many theaters are open on Christmas Day, but might be operating on holiday hours.
Get into the spirit of the season in Rockville Centre with Christmas lights and a toy drive on Cedar Avenue. Photo by Ian Stark
7. Check out holiday light displays. Looking at the beautiful displays lighting up Long Island is a holiday tradition. Choose from among many planned displays, or take a tour to see the spectacular lights adorning homes across LI.
8. Put the finishing touches on your Santa photo. Prove to the kids Santa visited with these apps that let you create a photo of Santa in your living room.
9. Take a hike. Bundle up the kiddies and enjoy the great outdoors on an LI winter walk.
Eric's Italian Bistro in Mineola offers signature specialties on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
12. Enjoy dinner out. There are several Long Island restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Day, so take advantage of the chance to have someone else cook (and clean up) for you.
13. 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 in a soup kitchen on the big day.
Top photo: Jenny and Frosty save Chillsville at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport on Christmas Eve. Photo courtesy of the theater
This post is updated annually.