Christmas and Hanukkah collide this weekend with celebrations galore. Chug-a-chug to the Holiday Model Train Display in Babylon. Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with a menorah lighting, crafts, magic show, latkes, and more in Long Beach. Take a stroll along the sea to marvel at the Boardwalk Lights, too. Get out on the ice in Port Washington for an added holiday skating session.
We've also rounded up a dozen great activities for Christmas Eve, and kids can also enjoy Hanukkah fetes this weekend, including The Chanukah Experience in Merrick. There are also holiday light shows and local homes lit up with holiday cheer, inflatables, and synchronized Christmas tunes. Christmas Day is pretty quiet across the island, but that also means it's great day for family time. Check out these 10 suggestions of things to do with the kids on December 25.
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!
For the most fun per square inch, check the Mommy Poppins December GoList and Holiday Fun Guide. And don't forget to book those Christmas Eve and day feasts at these family-friendly Long Island restaurants! Find more weekend events in our Events Calendar.
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Boardwalk Lights – Long Beach
Boardwalk Lights is a nautical themed light show display on the boardwalk. Families looking for a little sparkle during the holiday season are invited to stroll the boardwalk and then visit the great local restaurants and shops throughout the city. FREE
Hit the ice during Port Washington Skating Center's Holiday Skating Session. Photo courtesy of the rink.
Holiday Skating Session – Port Washington
The Port Washington Skating Center is offering extended public skating hours every afternoon of the holiday weekend and throughout the school break.
Saturday, December 24
From the Arcade to the Living Room – Garden City
Visit the Cradle of Aviation Museum to play more than 60 video games from the early 1970s to the late 1990s. Note: The museum closes early today for the holiday: 3pm.
Animated Christmas Story – Westbury
The walk-through story features child-sized animated Christmas characters including Santa! FREE, but donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares are appreciated.
Grand Menorah Lighting – Merrick
The annual menorah lighting and celebration begins after Shabbat ends and continues every night throughout Hanukkah. FREE
Holiday Model Train Display – Babylon
Go back in time with this model train display that's a homage to the Babylon Trolley system that used to carry passengers from Amityville to Babylon Village. FREE
Menorah Lighting – Long Beach
Enjoy children's crafts, face painting, balloon art, Hanukkah treats, and a celebrity magic show featuring the Extreme Magic of Eric, followed by a menorah lighting, food, and music. FREE
Frosty – Northport
Join Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from the mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow. Note: Very few tickets remain! Grab 'em now if interested.
Also check out this list of a dozen Christmas Eve activities happening around Long Island.
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Sunday, December 25
The Chanukah Experience – Merrick
Join the Chabad of Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh for a latke fry-off, menorah parade, lighting of a 12-foot menorah, juggling, and more family entertainment. FREE
Chanukah Bowling Event – Commack
The Chabad of Mid-Suffolk hosts a night of family bowling to celebrate Hanukkah. It includes latkes, menorah lighting, doughnuts, and more.
Also check out these 10 things to do on Christmas Day with Long Island kids, including bowling, crafts, and day trips.
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Top photo: Holiday Model Train Display. Photo courtesy of the Town of Babylon.