Long Island Kids' Activities November 24 and 25: Tree Lightings, The Nutcracker, Toy Story 3 Breakfast

Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island Thanksgiving Weekend, November 24 and 25

Thanksgiving is just about behind us, and already Long Island is turning its eyes toward Christmas, with tree lightings and holiday celebrations. There's a holiday parade and Miracle on Main Street in Sayville, the lighting of the lighthouse and Family Holiday Fun Day in Montauk, and a tree lighting in Glen Cove, to name just a few. Check out our roundup of Christmas tree lightings for more. And the Nutcracker is playing in Port Washington. You can also take your little one to have breakfast with Woody and his crew from Toy Story at United Skates in Seaford. You'll also find a few turkey trots still going on this weekend. And check out our events calendar for still more fun this holiday weekend.


Holiday Parade
Main Street
Surely the big man and his reindeer will be there!

Family Holiday Fun Day
Montauk Yacht Club
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Youngsters will have an opportunity to create holiday crafts and make tree ornaments. Miss Melody will entertain children and parents alike. There will be Christmas caroling, along with hot chocolate, cider, cookies and plenty of good cheer!

Downtown Winter Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting
Village Square
Glen Cove
This full-day event includes photos with Santa, carriage rides, music and dance performances from a local studio. Tree lighting at dusk.

The Nutcracker
Landmark on Main Street
Port Washington
The Long Island Ballet Theatre’s 26th annual holiday extravaganza, The Nutcracker,  features a talented mixed cast of adult professionals and aspiring pre-professional young dancers in a delightful and child-friendly version of the classic ballet.

Fifth Annual Lighting at the Lighthouse
Montauk Point Lighthouse
4:30pm - 7:00pm
Enjoy a spectacular view of the lighthouse as it gets dark and the Christmas lights are lit. There will be live music, caroling, and Santa will make an appearance! Rain date is Saturday, December 1st.

6th Annual Miracle on Main Street
Main Street
5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Meet Santa Claus and his reindeer
  • Gingerbread competition
  • Free carousel
  • Concerts and performances
  • Holiday movies
  • Apple fritters, hot pretzels, hot cocoa, churros, etc.
  • Christmas tree lighting ceremony

See website for schedule and exact locations.


Seal Cruises with the Riverhead Foundation
Captain Lou Fleet
Up to $26            
Join the Riverhead Foundation as we sail from Freeport, Long Island, aboard Captain Lou Fleet, to view winter harbor seal populations throughout Hempstead Bay. A naturalist will be on board to discuss biology and behavior of seals and other marine life encountered. Reservations and required. Prices range from $0-26. Group prices available. Boarding time: 12:30 PM. All sailing departures are at 1:00 PM. Boat wil return 3:00 PM. See website, call, or email for details!

Toy Story 3 Breakfast
United Skates of America
9:30am - 11:00am
Adults $20, children $15, children two and under free    
Join Woody, Buzz, and friends for breakfast. Buffet includes scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, cereal, and bagels. Reservations must be made in advance.

Christmas at the Lighthouse
Montauk Point Lighthouse
11:00am - 4:00pm
The Lighthouse will be decorated for the holiday. Hot cider and snacks will be served. The Gift Shop will be opening for holiday shopping. Pony rides will be available for young children, and children can be photographed with a jolly Santa. Admission to the museum is free during this event. 

Christmas Kickoff Event
Darlings & Divas of Amityville
11:00am - 2:00pm
$26.99 per child, siblings $21.99 
Kick off Christmas the diva way! Pizza lunch, cupcakes, Christmas-themed manicures with nail art, glitter tattoos, and make-your-own Christmas stockings!

Saturday and Sunday

Animal Tracks!
Maritime Explorium
Port Jefferson
1:00pm - 5:00pm
$5 per person   
Discover the tracks of various animals that they leave as they gather their food for the winter. Create your own animal prints as you build your creature's natural habitat.