Best of December: 18 Top Things To Do on Long Island with Kids

Slip on your “sock skates” and take a spin on the Long Island Children's Museum's indoor rink. Photo by Gina Massaro
Slip on your “sock skates” and take a spin on the Long Island Children's Museum's indoor rink. Photo by Gina Massaro

Christmas lights and holiday activities are back this December, and that's just the beginning of things to do on Long Island this month.

From holiday lantern shows to spectacular light shows and immersive holiday displays, December on Long Island will not disappoint. Here are our favorite must-do events for the month, up to and including New Year's Eve.

Find more top December fun among these FREE Christmas activities. And discover Elf on the Shelf inspiration, and plenty more seasonal fun, in our Holiday Guide for Long Island Families.

We’re adding more events to our Family Activity Calendar every day, so don’t forget to check it frequently.

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Places featured in this article:


Chabad Center for Jewish Life

Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center

Sayville Historical Society
Groundhog Day at the Holtsville Ecology Site
Holtsville Ecology Site - 7:00 AM Pick
Groundhog Day at Crossroads Farm
Crossroads Farm - 7:00 AM Pick
Baby & Me at CMEE
Children's Museum of the East End - 9:30 AM Pick
Llama Llama Live at The Tilles Center
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts - 10:30 AM Pick
Story + Art at LICM
Long Island Children's Museum - 1:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
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