Christmas Weekend Activities for Long Island Kids

Christmas Weekend Events for Long Island Kids, December 23-25

A weekend full of family holiday festivities is at your fingertips across Long Island. Enjoy the final holiday light shows, like Boardwalk Lights and Jones Beach Magic of Lights, a holiday model train display, or holiday theater, such as A Christmas Carol or Frosty. There's still plenty of spots to see Santa with the kids before the big day, or get moving with some outdoor ice skating before you feast on Christmas goodies. 

Looking ahead to the week-plus of school vacation this December break? We've rounded up more than 30 fun activities to keep Long Island kids busy all break. You can drop in on at an indoor play space if the kids are bouncing off the walls, including two new ones: Momo's Clubhouse in Syosset or Sippy Cups Cafe in Seaford. 

For the most fun per square inch, check out the Mommy Poppins December GoList and Holiday Fun Guide. Find more weekend events in our Events Calendar.

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Take in the holiday lights on the boardwalk in Long Beach. Photo courtesy of Long Beach Boardwalk Lights

Saturday, December 23-Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24

Boardwalk Lights — Long Beach
Boardwalk Lights is a nautical-themed light show on the boardwalk. Families looking for a little sparkle during the holiday season can stroll the boardwalk and then visit the city's great local restaurants and shops. FREE

Animated Christmas Story — Westbury
The walk-through story features child-sized animated Christmas characters, including Santa. FREE, but donations of nonperishable food items for Long Island Cares are appreciated.

Holiday Model Train Display — Babylon
Go back in time with this model train display that's an homage to the Babylon trolley system that used to carry passengers from Amityville to Babylon Village. FREE

Holiday Skating Sessions — Port Washington
The Port Washington Skating Center is offering extended public skating hours every afternoon of the holiday weekend and throughout the school break. 

Barnaby Saves Christmas at Theatre Three — Port Jefferson
Join Santa, Barnaby, Franklynne, and all of their friends for a wonderful holiday treat. As the littlest elf and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas, they meet some new friends and learn the true meaning of the holiday season.

A Christmas Carol — Port Jefferson
Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas —past, present and future. 

Jones Beach Magic of Lights — Wantagh​
This year's drive-through light show is stacked with themed LED displays and digital animations while bringing back old favorites such as “The 12 Days of Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and “The Night Before Christmas.” Enjoy the Holiday Festival Village, where guests walk through a wonderland of hot cocoa, s’mores by the fire pit, holiday music and movies, a hay maze, and pictures with Santa. Also, Christmas Day, Monday, December 25. 

Frosty at The Engeman Theater — Northport
Join Jenny and Frosty as they save Chillsville from mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that melts all the snow.

Annie — Northport
Leapin' Lizards! The irrepressible comic-strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals.

Photos with Santa — Lake Grove
Join Smith Haven Mall for its holiday celebration, featuring photos with Santa. 

RELATED: LI homes with spectacular holiday light displays

It's your final chance to see Santa at Heritage Farms on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Heritage Farms

Saturday, December 23

Children's Holiday Craft — Old Westbury
Get crafty with the children in your life this holiday season at Old Westbury Gardens. Drop in to create a holiday-themed craft, which is free with admission.

Holidays at Heritage — Muttontown
It's snowflakes, selfies, Santa, and more at Heritage Farm & Garden. FREE

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Holiday Light Show — Shirley
This drive-through light show features even more lights, displays, and family fun this year.

Breakfast with Santa — Seaford
Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, and other holiday visitors for breakfast at the North Pole (really, United Skates of America). Kids are encouraged to dress in their pajamas and get a photo taken with Santa. Note: This is a non-skating event.

Hatchery Tour at Connetquot River State Park — Oakdale
Discover the fascinating life cycle of trout and enjoy the reopened hatchery. An indoor presentation is followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the trout hatchery. 

The Magical Toy Shop — Oakdale
Watch these misfit toys come to life and save their shop from the evil toymaker. These toys find the true meaning of the holidays through fun songs, teamwork, and audience participation.

101 Dalmatians — Merrick
This is a fun-filled live theatrical performance of 101 Dalmatians. It's amazing for little ones, running for about an hour and sure to keep their attention.

Family Paint Event: Christmas Reindeer — Amityvile
Paint a festive reindeer portrait at Key to My Art. Price includes all supplies, canvas, paint, and step-by-step instruction.

Bayville Winter Wonderland — Bayville
Enjoy various holiday-themed attractions and rides, the arcade, indoor rock climbing, and mini-golf. Note: Not open on Dec. 24-25.

A Charlie Brown Christmas — Hauppague
The much-loved holiday classic is brought to life on the SoLuna Studio stage.

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24

Lego Club — Bridgehampton
Children can construct works of art from among the thousands of Legos at the Children's Museum of the East End.

Christmas Eve Skate With Santa — Seaford
Roller skate with Santa at this glow-in-the-dark event at United Skates of America. Also enjoy a roller skating session during the day at Hot Skates in Lynbrook.

Museum Fun — Islandwide
The Long Island Aquarium, Long Island Children's Museum, and Children's Museum of the East End are all open on December 24.

Dining Out — Islandwide
Check out our list of restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25

Family Fun Day — East Hills
Spend the day with family and friends at the Sid Jacobson JCC. Enjoy a bagel breakfast, crafts, play time, community service projects, holiday treats, and an interactive journey into the Lion King jungle with music educators Musical IQ.

Holiday Skating Session — Port Washington
The Port Washington Skating Center offers extended public skating hours during the afternoon on Christmas Day and throughout the school break. 

Christmas Day Skate — Seaford
Finish off the day by burning some calories at the United Skates of America roller rink.

Top photo: Animated holiday stories delight at Hicks Nurseries. Photo courtesy of the nurseries