Take in the twinkling holiday lights at the Magic of Lights at Jones Beach or another seasonal drive-thru attraction. Photo courtesy of Magic of Lights
Take in the twinkling holiday lights at the Magic of Lights at Jones Beach or another seasonal drive-thru attraction. Photo courtesy of Magic of Lights

Must-Do Holiday Events and Christmas Light Drive-Thrus for Long Island Kids in 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but the magic of the 2020 holiday season is bound to look a bit different. There may be fewer photos on Santa’s lap, but there are still many wonderful holiday events and seasonal, family-friendly outings on Long Island to keep your crew merry and create treasured holiday memories to last a lifetime.

We've found 11 family-friendly holiday events worth adding to your calendar this season, ranging from drive-thru holiday light shows to seasonal flicks playing at pop-up drive-in movie theaters. While we may have fewer breakfasts with Santa than usual, there are still ways to get some facetime with Jolly Old St. Nick and make your wishes known.

If your family is up for a holiday road trip, now's the time to book a magical ride aboard the Polar Express or contemplate heading north for Christmas in New England.

We've got plenty more ways to make seasonal memories this season in our Holiday Fun Guide and our Event Calendar. Bookmark this page, too, as we'll add more can't-miss holiday events as we learn about them.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.

Story + Art at LICM
Long Island Children's Museum - 11:30 AM Pick
Live at Five at the Science Museum of Long Island
Science Museum of Long Island - 5:30 PM Pick
Tiny Tots at Center for Science Teaching and Learning
Center For Science Teaching And Learning CSTL - 9:30 AM
Lighthouse Tower Tours
Wilderness Visitor Center - 11:00 AM
Grow with Me! Series for Kids
Washington Crossing State Park - 4:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides