Celebrate this December weekend with the Holiday Classic Ice Show, a Winter Wonderland Party, or the Whaling Center's Yankee Whaler Holiday Party for throwback fun. Shake a tail feather with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights at the Long Island Children's Museum, or head out for some children's theater like Mary Poppins, Madagascar, and these pretty Nutcrackers.
There are also holiday light shows and local homes lit up with holiday cheer, inflatables, and synchronized Christmas tunes. There's still time to visit a LI tree farm to cut down your own Christmas tree, and you can catch Santa at breakfasts all over Long Island or at these photo-op spots. Kids can also enjoy the kickoff of Hanukkah fetes and crafts this weekend.
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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!
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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.
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
Mary Poppins – Northport
Based on the classic Disney film, this is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks. Note: Limited tickets remain for this weekend, so grab 'em now!
Catch the holiday lights at the Brookhaven Town Holiday Spectacular. Photo courtesy of Brookhaven Town Highway Department.
Brookhaven Town Holiday Spectacular – Holtsville
See this indoor, walk-through holiday light show benefiting the animals at the Holtsville Ecology Site.
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.
Saturday, December 17
Make dough ornaments at the Children's Museum of the East End for a special holiday keepsake. Photo via Bigstock.
Cinnamon Dough Ornaments – Bridgehampton
Kids enrolled in this wintry workshop at the Children's Museum of the East End will make cinnamon-scented ornaments.
Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights Present Holiday Parties – Garden City
Get the holiday party season started with a performance by kindie star Joanie Leeds at the Long Island Children's Museum.
Yankee Whaler Holiday Party – Cold Spring Harbor
Celebrate Victorian-style crafts of olde and ring in the holidays with live sea shanties, scrimshaw carving, candle-dipping and other festive crafts.
Madagascar – Merrick
Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo in this live theatrical performance.
Candlelight Evenings Holiday Show – Old Bethpage
Enjoy a vintage model train show at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration where the clock is always turned back to the 19th century.
Holiday Classic Ice Show – East Meadow
This sweet skating show features Frosty the Snowman and Dr. Seuss' Grinch, all performed by the ice skating school.
Sunday, December 18
Hands On Hanukkah – Melville and Lake Grove
Enjoy Hanukkah cookie decorating, crafts, music, face painting, community service, a raffle, and more at these dual Hanukkah events. FREE
Brunch with Santa – various
Santa is hosting breakfast all over Long Island this Sunday! Find him in Massapequa along with Rudolph, Frosty, and Mrs. Claus, in Smithtown at Watermill Caterers, and at the Carlton in East Meadow where you'll also score a professional picture with the jolly man of the hour.
Sunday Science – Rockville Centre
Indulge in fun science exploration with the new drop-off Sunday Science program at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning.
Pre-Chanukah Wonderland – Dix Hills
Celebrate Hanukkah at The Chai Center with arts and crafts, games, and activities such as decorating donuts, making latkes, finding Judah Maccabee, and an olive press workshop.
Super Sunday Winter Wonderland Party – Roslyn
At the Nassau County Museum of Art, use ink made from acorns, draw a winter landscape scroll inspired by the exhibition of photographs by Ansel Adams. Make a hibernating animal mask or create a winter forest nightlight to brighten a cold night.
Top photo: Mary Poppins comes to the John W. Engeman Theater. Photo by Michael DeCristofaro/courtesy of the theatre.