32 Holiday Activities and Christmas Events in Long Island for Kids

Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens is an unforgettable experience of holiday lights, sights, and sounds. Photo courtesy of Old Westbury Gardens
Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens is an unforgettable experience of holiday lights, sights, and sounds. Photo courtesy of Old Westbury Gardens

Looking for the best holiday activities and Christmas events on Long Island for kids? Read on for our top picks.  

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the 2022 holiday season on Long Island is full of Christmas events and seasonal, family-friendly holiday activities to keep your crew merry while creating treasured memories.

We've rounded up 20+ family-friendly holiday activities worth adding to your calendar this season, including lantern shows, drive-thru light shows, and more. And now's the time to book a magical ride aboard the Polar Express or contemplate hitting the road to visit these Christmas towns and Santa villages that absolutely sparkle.

We've got plenty more ways to make seasonal memories in our Long Island Guide to Holiday Fun and our constantly updated Family Activity Calendar. Bookmark this page, too, as we'll add more can't-miss holiday activities and Christmas events on Long Island as we learn about them.

As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses, times, and recommended ages. And keep in mind: Really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.

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Places featured in this article:


The Argyle Theatre at Babylon Village

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

Chabad Center for Jewish Life

Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center
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