Bayville Winter Wonderland offers magical holiday fun. Photo courtesy of Bayville Winter Wonderland
Bayville Winter Wonderland offers magical holiday fun. Photo courtesy of Bayville Winter Wonderland

Thanksgiving Weekend Best Things To Do on Long Island: Holiday Lights, STEM Fun, and More

As Long Islanders gather together this week to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, it's time to start making seasonal plans. There are plenty of safe and socially distanced destinations popping up all over the island, whether your crew is into sparkling drive-thru holiday light shows, wants to enjoy Winter Wonderland on the Farm, or something completely different. Our Holiday Guide is overflowing with fun annual traditions and new favorites.

If you're waiting until after the turkey is carved to start celebrating the holidays, why not cue up some of these Thanksgiving crafts and gamesenjoy a family beach walk or a late fall family hike?

No matter your interest, you can find plenty more things to do in our Long Island Event Calendar.

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 appropriate social distancing. 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.


Long Island Explorium
101 E. Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Gateway Playhouse
215 South Country Rd.
Bellport, NY 11713

Bayville Adventure Park
8 Bayville Ave.
Bayville, NY 11709

Gateway Playhouse
215 South Country Rd.
Bellport, NY 11713

Suffolk County Farm
350 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11980

Whaling Museum
301 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Vanderbilt Mansion, Museum, Planetarium
180 Little Neck Road
Centerport, NY

Long Island Sports Park
149 Edwards Ave.
Calverton, NY 11933

Jones Beach
1000 Ocean Parkway
Wantagh, NY 11793

Hicks Nurseries
100 Jericho Tpke.
Westbury, NY 11590

The Christmas House
1241 Old Country Rd
Riverhead, NY

The Rinx
101-A East Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY

Magic of Lights at PNC Bank Arts Center
Garden State Parkway, Exit 116
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Skyland Stadium Christmas Light Show
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822

South Jersey Holiday Light Show at Bridgeport Speedway
83 Flood Gate Road
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT 06512

Magic of Lights, Toyota Oakdale Theater
95 South Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT

Goodwin Park, Holiday Light Fantasia
1130 Maple Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114

India Rock Nature Center, Santa Lights Up the Lake
501 Wolcott Road
Bristol, CT 06010

ShadyBrook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road
Yardley, PA 19067

Kensico Dam Park
1 Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Diggerland USA
100 Pinedge Ct
West Berlin, NJ 08091

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
200 Hurd Road
Bethel , NY 12720

Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA 19047

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses
778 Broadway
Ulster Park, NY 12487

Lehigh Parkway
Lehigh Parkway E
Allentown, PA 18103

Jones Beach State Park
1 Ocean Pkwy
Wantagh, NY 11793

Smith Point County Park
1 William Floyd Pkwy.,l Girl Scouts Of Suffolk County Holiday Light Show
Shirley, NY

Long Island Sports Park
149 Edwards Ave.
Calverton, NY 11933

Herr's Snack Factory
Route 1 and 272
Nottingham, PA

The Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Phestival of Trees 100 Station Ave
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Orange County Fairgrounds
239 Wisner Ave
Middletown, NY 10940

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
82nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11209

LuminoCity
20 Randall's Island Park
New York, NY 10035

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460

The Book Fairies
70 North Main St.
Freeport, NY

Long Island Cares—The Harry Chapin Food Bank
10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way)
Hauppauge, NY

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
267-07 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk
643 Middle Country Rd.
Middle Island, NY

Make-A-Wish Foundation Nassau County
1111 Marcus Ave.
Lake Success, NY

Make-A-Wish Foundation Suffolk County
1 Comac Loop
Ronkonkoma, NY

Guide Dog Foundation
371 East Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY

Golden Paw Society
260 Broadway
Huntington Station, NY 11746

Bethpage Federal Credit Union
899 South Oyster Bay Road
Bethpage, NY 11714

Lido Beach
Long Island, NY

The Montauk Point Lighthouse
2000 New York 27
Montauk , NY

Long Island Aquarium
431 East Main Street
Riverhead , NY

Hicks Nursery
100 Jericho Turnpike
Westbury, NY

Railroad Museum of Long Island
Grifting Avenue of the Tracks
Riverhead, NY

Captree State Park
3500 E. Ocean Parkway
Bay Shore , NY

Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road
Old Bethpage , NY

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
1395 Planting Fields Road
Oyster Bay, NY

Bayville Winter Wonderland
8 Bayville Avenue
Bayville , NY

Lido Beach Marine Conservation Area
, NY

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
25 Lloyd Harbor Road
Huntington, NY

RGNY Vineyards
6025 Sound Avenue
Riverhead, NY

Strasburg Railroad
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA 17572

Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
32 West Bridge Street
New Hope, PA 18938

Connecticut Trolley Museum
58 North Road
East Windsor, CT

Shoreline Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Black River & Western Railroad
Flemington Station behind Liberty Village Premium Outlets
Flemington, NJ
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