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LongIsland.com's 2016 December Family Fun Guide: Holiday Lightings & Light Shows, Winter Festivals, & New Year's Entertainment

Written by Brian Re  |  30. November 2016

December may be the start of the winter season, but here on Long Island, it won't be difficult to stay warm thanks to an unbelievable amount of activities and family entertainment! Throughout the month, Festivals & Fairs will allow families to spend time together while enjoying tasty treats, participating in crafting projects, and shopping for holiday gifts sold by local vendors.

With Hanukkah beginning on Saturday, December 24th, and Christmas falling on Sunday, December 25th, the end-of-the-year holidays are packed together to ensure that there will be plenty of festivities to attend! Leading up to the holidays are dozens of Christmas Tree Lightings, Menorah Lightings, Holiday Parades, Holiday Light Shows, Theater Performances, and Santa Brunches!

Between the holidays, there are plenty of assorted entertainment options to enjoy as well, including Nature Hikes, Concerts and Live Shows, Educational Events, and much more! Hopefully you’ll be able to squeeze all of the fun in by the end of the month, since on December 31st, Long Island will come alive with New Year’s Eve celebrations!

This month’s calendar is certifiably packed with events ready to be enjoyed by all, so without further ado, here are the events that you can look forward to during the 31 days of December!

Festivals and Fairs
Providing families with the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, festivals and fairs are a great way to keep everyone on their feet during the chilliest days of December.

Westbury Market Fair & Flea Market at NYCB Theatre - FREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-669-7541
Saturdays & Sundays, December 3rd through December 20th, 8 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Head to NYCB Theatre's parking lot for the highest quality merchandise, original crafts, and vendors selling a variety of wares perfect for all ages and interests! Whether you're searching for a watch or a painting, the Westbury Market Fair has the one-of-a-kind items that you have been searching far and wide for!

A Premiere Singles Christmas Party at Public House 106
346 Newbridge Road, East Meadow, NY 11554
631-637-6771
Saturday, December 10th, 8 PM - 1 AM
$40 Per Person

You are cordially invited to Premiere Singles' First Annual Christmas Party! Premiere Singles' parties are known in creating a fun and comfortable environment to meet new singles from all over Long Island and the city.

Equity First Foundation & ECNY Foundation Present Holiday Dream 2016 at The Grill
160 Adams Avenue, Hauppauge, NY 11788
1-516-984-4889
Monday, December 5th at 6 PM
$100 Donation Requested

Equity First Foundation and ECNY Foundation are proud to present their 3rd Annual Holiday Dream Fundraiser for family, friends, and business associates.

Cub Scout Pack 362's Holiday Boutique at Levittown Hall - FREE!
201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY 11801
516-782-4744
Saturday, December 10th, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

Cub Scout Pack 362 will be bringing together more than 50 vendors to a holiday boutique event at Levittown Hall. There will be free crafts and kids' activities, holiday photo sessions, and a free babysitting service.


21st Annual Charles Dickens Festival at Port Jeff Village - FREE!
Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-473-5220
Saturday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 4th, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

The Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council will team up with the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson to transform Port Jefferson Village into a town straight out of a Dickens story. Visitors will be able to enjoy ice skating, live performances, and plenty of other family activities.

6th Annual Wooden Wonderland at Suffolk County Historical Society - FREE!
300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-2881
Saturday, December 3rd, 10 AM - 4:30 PM
Free Event

The return of Wooden Wonderland will have dozens of vendors, handmade carvings, local artisan-crafted holiday gifts, and unique wooden items expertly made by Long Island craftspeople.

BSA Troop 382 Holiday Craft & Gift Fair at St. Ignatius Loyola School - FREE!
30 East Cherry Street, Hicksville, NY 11801
516-942-7910
Sunday, December 4th, 9 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Raffles, baked treats, and plenty of vendors will be included at BSA Troop 382's holiday fair at St. Ignatius Loyola School in Hicksville.

Yuletide Family Day with Santa at Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
631-427-5240, ext. 113
Sunday, December 4th, 1 PM - 3 PM
$9 Children / Free for Chaperones

This special holiday event will feature a holiday sing-along, visits with Santa, holiday crafts, face painting, and plenty of other family fun.

Holiday Festival at Stony Brook Village Center - FREE!
111 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-2244
Sunday, December 4th, 1 PM - 5 PM
Free Event

Head to Stony Brook Village Center to marvel at the promenade of trees, a model train exhibit, a tree lighting ceremony, and Santa himself!

Candlelight Evenings at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
516-442-6000
Thursday, December 15th through Sunday, December 18th, 5 PM - 9:30 PM
Adults - $7 / Children/Seniors - $7 / Kids Under 5 - Free

Artisans and local craft.gift vendors will be at Old Bethpage Village Restoration to present their selections of unique items in time for holiday gifting.

Wreaths Across America at Long Island National Cemetery
2040 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Saturday, December 17th at 11:40 AM
Donations Appreciated

Join Wreaths Across America at Long Island National Cemetery for the organization's annual ceremony and wreath laying.

Christmas Tree Lightings
Nothing marks the beginning of the Christmas season like the lighting of a Christmas Tree! Various chambers of commerces, fire departments, and local organizations will be lighting their own trees this month, so be sure to visit one, or all, of them!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10012
212-332-6868
Wednesday, November 30th, 7 PM - 9 PM
Free Event

The 84th Annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 30th, and will be broadcast live on NBC from 7 PM – 9 PM. Hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales, the celebration will feature a variety of live performances and appearances by celebrities.

Tree Lighting With Santa At The Port Jefferson Train Car - FREE!
Junction of Route 347 & Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
631- 821-1313
Saturday, December 3rd, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

The North Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce will be lighting their tree as visitors enjoy desserts and other holiday activities. Plus, Santa himself will be stopping by to say hello and take a few pictures.


3rd Annual Festival of Trees at Port Jeff Village Center - FREE!
101A East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-802-2160
Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, December 31st, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

Enjoy a magnificent display of themed holiday trees throughout the month of December on the 2nd & 3rd floors of the Port Jefferson Village Center.

Copiague's Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
Great Neck Road & Oak Street, Copiague, NY 11726
631-226-2956
Friday, December 2nd, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Join the Copiague Chamber of Commerce and the Copiague Fire Department as they light their tree, enjoy hot chocolate, and welcome the arrival of Santa.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bellmore Veterans Memorial - FREE!
Corner of Bedford & Broadway, Bellmore, NY 11710
516-679-1875
Friday, December 2nd, 6 PM - 10 PM
Free Event

Bellmore Veterans Memorial will be hosting a tree lighting ceremony complete with holiday music, trolley rides, a visit from Santa, and a live nativity.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bayard Cutting Arboretum
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
631-581-1002
Friday, December 2nd, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Free Event (Parking Fees May Apply)

This 20th Annual Yuletide Celebration will bring Santa Claus and carolers to Bayard Cutting Arboretum for an evening of holiday cheer.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Orient Beach State Park
40000 Main Road , Orient, NY 11957
631-323-2440
Friday, December 2nd at 6:30 PM
Free Event (Parking Fees May Apply)

Orient Beach State Park will be hosting its 30th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony for both the young and young at heart to enjoy.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Belmont Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway (Exit 38), North Babylon, NY 11703
631-667-5055
Saturday, December 3rd at 4:15 PM
Free Event (Parking Fees May Apply)

A family favorite event, Belmont Lake State Park's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony brings together Long Islanders for a night of holiday songs, ice sculpting, and other fun.

Sag Harbor's Holiday Village - FREE!
Sag Harbor Village, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Saturday, December 3rd, 3 PM - 5 PM
Free Event

Sag Harbor's Holiday Village is an annual celebration that allows kids to meet Santa and enjoy the incredible lights!

Bellport Village's Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Village Green - FREE!
Bellport Lane, Bellport, NY 11715
Saturday, December 3rd, 6 PM - 7 PM
Free Event

Long Islanders are invited to Bellport for the village's annual tree lighting ceremony scheduled to be held at the Bellport Village Green.

St. James' Christmas Tree Lighting at Deepwells Farm - FREE!
Route 25A & Moriches Road, St. James, NY 11780
631-584-8510
Saturday, December 3rd at 4:30 PM
Free Event

Enjoy holiday music, a bike raffle, pictures with Santa, and light the big tree on the great lawn of Deepwells Farm County Park.

Tree Lighting Festival at THE LIFE Lutheran Church - FREE!
1 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568
516-333-3355
Saturday, December 3rd, 3 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Delicious warm treats will be savored as THE LIFE Lutheran Church prepares to light the 8,000 lights on their tree.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at St Luke's Lutheran Church - FREE!
170 Conklin Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-249-1220
Saturday, December 3rd, 4:30 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Bring the entire family for this wonderful holiday celebration and tree lighting ceremony at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Farmingdale.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Hampton Bays Fire Department - FREE!
69 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
631-728-9191
Sunday, December 4th, 4:30 PM - 7 PM
Free Event

Join the Hampton Bays Fire Department and the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce as they light their Christmas Tree and greet Santa Claus.

Levittown's Holiday Tree Lighting at Veterans Memorial Park - FREE!
Hempstead Turnpike & Shelter Lane, Levittown, NY 11756
516-735-5901
Monday, December 5th, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Santa will be arriving on Levittown Fire Department’s fire truck to witness the lighting of Veterans Memorial Park’s tree.

11th Annual Tree Lighting & Santa Visit at Planting Fields Arboretum - FREE!
1395 Planting Fields Road, Long Island, NY 11771
516-922-8678
Friday, December 9th, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Planting Fields Arboretum will be hosting holiday fun for the entire family, including caroling by the Barber Shop Quartet, tasty refreshments, holiday tours, and a visit from Santa.

Roosevelt Public Library's Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
27 West Fulton Avenue, Roosevelt, NY 11575
516-378-0222
Saturday, December 10th, 2 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

Enjoy a special tree lighting event featuring crafting activities, sing-along songs, and entertainment for all ages.

Plainview Hospital's Holiday Spectacular & Tree Lighting - FREE!
888 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803
516-719-2418
Sunday, December 11th, 3 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Come out to enjoy great photo opportunities with a Christmas tree lighting, petting zoo, arts & crafts and more during this festive event!

Menorah Lightings
With eight nights to commemorate Hanukkah, local organizations will be showcasing their own menorahs to celebrate the holiday. Here are a few of lighting ceremonies that can be enjoyed by all!

Ronkonkoma's Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at Raynor Beach County Park - FREE!
Ronkonkoma Avenue, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-963-2796
Monday, December 26th, 7 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Join the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce for the annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting on the third night of the holiday. The lighting will be held at Raynor Beach County Park in Lake Ronkonkoma.

Menorah Lighting at the St. James Triangle - FREE!
Route 25A and Lake Avenue, St. James, NY 11780
Friday, December 30th at 4:30 PM
631-584-8510
Free Event

There will be goodies for all during this menorah lighting celebrating the 8 nights of Chanukah! The event will be held at the St. James Triangle between Route 25A and Lake Avenue.


Menorah Workshop at The Whaling Museum
279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
631-367-3418
Sunday, December 4th at 2:30 PM
Museum Admission + $5

Participants in this interactive workshop will learn about whale oil and olive oil, see oil lamps, and create their own menorahs.

Hanukkah Celebration at The Dolphin Bookshop
299 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-2650
Sunday, December 11th, 10:30 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Join Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf from Port Jewish Center for storytime and a craft at The Dolphin Bookshop during this Hanukkah celebration.

PJ Library Hanukkah Storytime at Turn of the Corkscrew - FREE!
110 North Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-766-4300
Sunday, December 11th, 2 PM - 3 PM
Free Event

Children ages 8 and under are invited to learn all about Hanukkah during this special storytime event at Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine.

Plainview Hospital Holiday Spectacular & Tree and Menorah Lighting - FREE!
888 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803
516-719-2418
Sunday, December 11th from 3 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Come out to enjoy great photo opportunities with a menorah lighting, petting zoo, arts & crafts and more during this festive event!

Hanukkah Candle Lighting at North Fork Reform - FREE!
27245 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY 11935
631-734-2096
Saturday, December 24th, 4 PM - 5 PM
Free Event

North Fork Reform Synagogue will hold a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 24th, to commemorate the first night of Hanukkah.

Temple Beth El's Chanukah Menorah Lighting - FREE!
45 Oak Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-475-1882
Saturday, December 24th at 5:15 PM
Free Event

Temple Beth El in Patchogue will be marking the first night of Chanukah on Saturday, December 24th by lighting the first candle on the menorah.

Manetto Hill Jewish Center's Menorah Lighting - FREE!
244 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview, NY 11803
516-935-5454
Saturday, December 24th, 5:45 PM - 7 PM
Free Event

Manetto Hill Jewish Center will be lighting the first candle on its Hanukkah Menorah on Saturday, December 24th, to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

Holiday Parades and Light Shows
Bringing communities together for memorable holiday celebrations, local parades are a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family. Plus, for those that are fans of incredible light displays, there are some great light shows that will surely amaze!

13th Annual Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's Holiday Light Show at Smith Point County Park
1 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967
631-543-6622 ext. 226
Thursday, December 1st through Friday, December 23rd at 5 PM
$20 Per Car / $70 Per Bus

The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County will be bringing their beloved Holiday Light Show to Smith Point County Park for the first time! The show is set to feature dozens of light displays spread out across over a mile of road at the park.

The 2016 Christmas Express Trolley Ride
Pick-Up Locations on Long Island
631-543-0908
Wednesdays through Sundays until January 1st
$39 Per Person

Enjoy a leisurely trolley ride through Long Island streets as you enjoy the bright holiday lights and cherished Christmas carols. Each tour lasts approximately two hours and features hot chocolate and servers dressed as Santa's Elves.


East Hampton Village's Santa Parade - FREE!
Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-0362
Saturday, December 3rd, 10 AM - 3:30 PM
Free Event

East Hampton Village's Annual Santa Parade returns for 2016 with fun for the entire family.

Long Beach's Electric Light Parade - FREE!
Beech Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-432-6000
Saturday, December 10th at 6:30 PM
Free Event

The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce will be filling Beech Street with holiday cheer with its annual Electric Light Parade.

Brunch with Santa
Santa Claus is certainly a busy man this time of year! Not only will he be at the North Pole wrapping presents for all the good little boys and girls, but he’ll also be at a number of local restaurants and venues to share brunch and pose for photos!

Santa Brunch With A VIEW
3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-589-2694
Sundays, December 11th & 18th, 11 AM - 1:30 PM
$35.95 Adults / $18 Children

Santa will be at VIEW for a delectable brunch that will feature beautiful views of the Great South Bay. Dishes include shrimp in the rough, steamed crab legs, made-to-order omeltettes, carved roasts, assorted sushi rolls, and plenty more delicious items.

Brunch with Santa at Library Cafe
274 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-752-7678
Sunday, December 18th at 10:30 AM
$25 Adults / $12 Children

For those on Santa’s “nice list,” he will be available for photo opportunities and to share a delicious brunch at Library Cafe. Indulge in tasty buttermilk pancakes, home fries, Texas-style French toast, mini bagels, and flaky pastries.

Brunch With Santa at The Crescent Beach Club
333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
516-628-3000
Sunday, December 11th at 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
$35 Adults / $15 Children

The Crescent Beach Club will be holding a Sunday brunch with all of the holiday trimmings on Sunday, December 11th. Santa Claus will also be stopping by to hear what all of the children in attendance would like for Christmas and to take a few holiday photos.


Home for the Holidays: Breakfast with Santa at St. Joseph's College
155 West Roe Boulevard, Patchogue, NY 11772 (Map)
631-687-5100
Saturday, December 3rd, 10 AM - 12 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

The Office of Alumni Engagement will be enjoying a special breakfast with Santa at St. Joseph’s College.

Brunch with Santa at the Watermill
711 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY 11787
516-224-8184
Sundays, December 11th & 18th, 10:45 AM - 2 PM
$41 Adults / $23 Children

Bring the entire family for a fun-filled afternoon at the Watermill & enjoy a tasty brunch with Santa Claus.

Brunch with Santa at Bistro 72/Hotel Indigo East End
1830 Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901
516-318-6004
Sundays, December 4th, 11th & 18th, 11 am - 3 pm
See Event Listing For Pricing

Head to Riverhead for a delicious a la carte brunch and bring the kids for a complimentary photo with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa at Brumidi Lodge
2075 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729
631-757-8301
Sunday, December 11th, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
$10 Per Person

Brumidi Lodge will be offering a full buffet with pancakes, sausages, and other delicious items. Attendees will be able to participate in raffles, crafting activities, and posing with Santa.

New Year’s Eve Events
By the time the month is over, Long Islanders will likely be wiped from all of the entertainment and holiday festivities. Ensure that you have enough energy left for one final bash, however, as nightlife events on New Year’s Eve will be a perfect way to end 2016 in style!

LI's Biggest NYE Countdown Celebration at Club Mixx
160 Adams Avenue, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-954-1996
Saturday, December 31st, 10 PM - 4 AM
$15+ Per Person

Club Mixx will be welcoming 2017 with a spectacular bash featuring a "Casino Royale" theme complete with free casino games and professional dealers. The evening will also feature music by Long Island's top club DJs as well as two full-service bars and a live feed of the ball drop in Times Square.

BUSH & The Kickback - New Year's Eve at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Saturday, December 31st at 11 PM
$54.50+ Per Person

Ring in the new year in style with BUSH, which have sold nearly 20 million records in North America and remain one of the premiere rock bands currently performing. This special New Year's Eve show at The Paramount will feature support by The Kickback and is presented by 94.3 The Shark.

 

New Year's Eve 2017 at The Crescent Beach Club
333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
516-628-3000
Saturday, December 31st, 8 PM - 1:30 AM
$125 Per Person

The Crescent Beach Club in Bayville will be hosting an unmissable New Year's Eve celebration. Ring in 2017 with a premium open bar, live DJ and dancing, hot and cold food displays, dessert station, live feed of the ball drop, and a midnight champagne toast.

New Year's Eve Celebration at The Meadow Club
1147 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
631-928-3800
Saturday, December 31st, 8:30 PM - 1:30 AM
$110 Per Person

Visit The Meadow Club in Port Jefferson Station on New Year’s Eve for a truly exciting way to ring in the new year. A gourmet dinner will be served along with an open bar, ball drop screening, balloon drop, decadent desserts, and DJ entertainment.

Classic New Year's Eve at Leonard's of Great Neck
555 Northern Boulevard, Great Neck, NY 11021
516-487-7900
Saturday, December 31st, 8:30 PM - 2 AM
$150 Per Person

Bobby Goodrich and Brian Rosenberg will be presenting a New Year's Eve event at Leonard's of Great Neck that cannot be missed. TKA will be performing live and DJ Chef will be providing the dance music for this holiday event that features an open bar, cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, and dessert.

NYE 2017 Party - Open Bar • Belly Dance • DJ's • Hookahs
279 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596
516-877-5072
Saturday, December 31st, 7 PM - 4 AM
$32 Per Person
Ring in the New Year in style at one of the best lounges on Long Island with a cool and intimate NYC vibe, Le Caire Lounge. The party will include a premium open bar, belly dance show, passed hors d'oeuvres, complimentary champagne for a toast at midnight, live DJs, fresh fruit hookahs, and more.

Celebrate New Year's Eve at The Carltun
1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-542-0700 ext. 1
Saturday, December 31st, 4 PM - 12 AM
$100 - $150 Per Person

Visit The Carltun on New Year's Eve for a terrific array of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts.

New Year’s Eve Candlelight Reception at the Rogers Mansion
17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-2494
Saturday, December 31st, 4 PM - 5:30 PM
$15 - $20 Per Person

Close out 2016 with a candlelight reception and guided tour of Rogers Mansion, taking in all of the beautiful winter greens and special decorations.

New Year's Eve Dinner at Mirabelle Restaurant and Mirabelle Tavern
150 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-0555
Saturday, December 31st at 5 PM
$65 Per Person

Mirabelle Restaurant and Mirabelle Tavern at the Three Village Inn will be ringing in the New Year with a special prix fixe dinner menu.

New Year's Eve at the Watermill
711 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY 11787
516-224-8184
Saturday, December 31st, 7 PM - 1:30 AM
$145 Per Person

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a fantastic assortment of dishes presented by the expert culinary team at the Watermill.

Midnight on Main Street - New Year's Eve Celebration in Patchogue
Capital One Plaza (Main Street), Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1000
Saturday, December 31st, 8 PM - 9 PM
Free Event

Enjoy Patchogue’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve event with music, food and refreshments, and a ball rise.

New Year’s Eve at Chateau Briand Caterers
440 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
516-224-8184
Saturday, December 31st, 8:30 PM - 2:30 AM
$125 - $175 Per Person

Four different events are available to be selected from as Chateau Briand rings in the New Year with a variety of nightlife entertainment.

7-in-heaven's Gala New Years at Residence Inn Marriott
9 Gerhard Road, Plainview, NY 11803
631-592-9804
Saturday, December 31st, 8:30 PM - 11:45 PM
$94 Per Person

At the 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala, singles will be able to mingle while enjoying appetizers, a gourmet buffet dinner, and an energetic dance party.

New Year's Eve at Parlay Gastropub
210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-442-2600
Saturday, December 31st, 9 PM - 1 AM
$75 Per Person

Parlay Gastropub is the place to be in Rockville Centre for celebrating the arrival of 2017. Tickets to the event include a premium open bar, champagne toast, appetizers, buffet, and live entertainment.

Ring in the New Year at Library Cafe
274 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-752-7678
$55 Per Person
Saturday, December 31st at 9 PM

Library Cafe will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with a hot and cold buffet, party favors, a champagne toast, and a breakfast buffet at 2 AM.

New Year's Eve Celebration at the Fox Hollow
7725 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
516-224-8184
Saturday, December 31st
$160 Per Person

Fox Hollow is preparing to ring in 2017 with an extensive cocktail hour, all-night open bar, and dinner reception with exquisite desserts.

New Year's Eve 2017 at Butterfields
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788 (Map)
631-851-1507
Saturday, December 31st
See Event Listing For Pricing

DJ Dr. Brian will be at Butterfields on New Year's Eve to help Hauppauge ring in 2017 with a night of lively entertainment.

Music & Concerts
The holidays may get a majority of the attention when it comes to live performances, but there are plenty of musical and theater performances to enjoy during December that cover all types of genres and styles!

Live at Butterfields: Rapid Fire
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Saturday, December 10th at 9:30 PM
No Cover Charge

The tristate area’s fastest-rising premier Motown, R&B, dance, concert and show band will be at Butterfields for a night of unforgettable live tunes!

Mean Machine at The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Friday, December 23rd at 8 PM
$7 Advance / $10 Door

Long Island's largest happy hour is back, and this week, Mean Machine will be on-hand to keep feet tapping and the good times flowing on the eve of Christmas Eve!


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Tilles Center at LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Thursday, December 1st at 7 PM
$39 Per Person

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will be performing Rossini Overture to La Scala di Seta, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, Say's Silk Road Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, and Hadyn's Symphony No. 83.

Pooh at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-334-0800
Friday, December 2nd at 8 PM
$110 - $185 Per Person

The legendary Pooh will be at NYCB Theatre at Westbury for a truly memorable show that cannot be missed.

Hofstra Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at Hofstra University
John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hempstead, NY 11549
516-463-6644
Saturday, December 3rd, 8 PM - 9:30 PM
$8 - $10 Per Person

The wind ensemble and symphonic band will be performing traditional and contemporary works for audience members to enjoy.

Live at Butterfields: Jet Stream
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Saturday, December 3rd at 9:30 PM
No Cover Charge

Jet Stream will be bringing their unique live show to Butterfields in Hauppauge.

Sister Act at Connetquot Public Library
760 Ocean Avenue, Bohemia, NY 11716
Sunday, December 4th, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Free Event

From Cher to Tina Turner and Janis Joplin to Cyndi Lauper, come and be entertained where the audience is welcome to join in on the musical fun.

45 RPM at The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Friday, December 9th at 8 PM
$7 Advance / $10 Door

45 RPM will be taking the stage for December 9th's iteration of The Emporium's Friday Night Happy Hour series.

An Evening of Cabaret with Valerie diLorenzo at Southampton Arts Center
25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-0967
Saturday, December 10th at 7 PM
$15 - $20 Per Person

This exclusive cabaret event will present songs from The Great American Songbook, Broadway musicals, and a handful of holiday favorites.

Doop Wop Extravaganza at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-334-0800
Saturday, December 10th at 7 PM
$39 - $59 Per Person

Charlie Thomas, Danny and the Juniors, The Legendary Teenagers, The Original Chantels, Randy and the Rainbows, The Emotions, and The Capris will be performing at NYCB Theatre at Westbury!

Winter Reflections: Women’s Ensemble at United Methodist Church of Port Washington
35 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington, NY 11050
Saturday, December 17th at 8 PM
$10 - $20 Per Person

The eVoco Voice Collective will be displaying their incredible skills in pursuit of a choral and vocal art experience.

Ridotto Concert: Israeli Pianist Tomer Gewirtzman at Huntington Jewish Center
510 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-385-0373
Sunday, December 18th, 4 PM - 6 PM
$10 - $30 Per Person

Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman will be at the Huntington Jewish Center to wow audiences with works by Scriabin, Liszt, and Debussy.

Holiday House Tours
Many local homes and historical destinations will be elegantly decorated for the holidays and will be inviting visitors in to experience the magic of the season!

Decorated Mansion Tours at Vanderbilt Mansion
180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721
631-854-5579
Saturday, December 3rd through Friday, December 30th
General Admission + $5

The historic Vanderbilt Mansion will be decorated for the holidays and will be open to the public for guided tours. Tours will be held on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with additional days added between Christmas and New Year.

Homes of Jefferson Landing Lantern Light House Tour
Port Jeff Village (Main Street), Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-473-1414
Saturday, December 10th, 3:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$25 - $45 Per Person

Homes in the Jefferson Landing residential neighborhood will be decorated for the season and will be available for public touring. In addition to the house tour, there will be a seasonal cheer gathering for extra holiday fun.


Cutchogue Holiday House Tour at The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast
1855 Depot Lane, Cutchogue, NY 11935
631-734-8539
Saturday, December 3rd at 11 AM
$75 Per Person

Enjoy six different destinations on this tour of decorated Cutchogue locations, each one featuring local wine tastings, holiday gifts from artists, and Toys for Tots collections.

Holiday Celebration at Westbury House (Old Westbury Gardens)
71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY  11568
516-333-0048
Saturday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 18th
$12 General / $10 Seniors / $7 Kids

Experience Westbury House beautifully decorated for the holiday season with perhaps a surprise appearance by Santa, as well.

Huntington Historical Society's Holiday House Tours
Historical Homes, Huntington, NY 11743
631-427-7045
Sunday, December 4th, 12 PM - 4 PM
$35 - $40 Per Person

Colonial-era homes in the Huntington area will be themed for the holidays and available to be toured.

23rd Annual Holiday House Tour at Nook & Cranny
469 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751
631-245-0675
Sunday, December 4th, 12 PM - 5 PM
$20 - $25 Per Person

The Historical Society of Islip Hamlet will be presenting historical and unique homes that have been decorated for the holidays. The event will also be used to collect donations for Toys for Tots.

Self-Guided Holiday Tours at Coe Hall - FREE!
1395 Planting Fields Road, Long Island, NY 11771
516-922-8678
Friday, December 9th, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Coe Hall will be festively decorated during Planting Fields Arboretum 11th Annual Tree Lighting and will be available for free, self-guided tours.

Holiday House Tours at Sagtikos Manor: Myths and Legends
Montauk Highway, West Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-854-0939
Saturday, December 10th & Sunday, December 11th, 10:30 AM - 3 PM
$25 Adults / $20 Students/Seniors / $8 Children / $30 Without Reservation

Each room of the Sagtikos Manor will be dedicated to a Christmas myth or legend and staff will be on-hand to provide the fascinating historical background.

Holiday Candlelight House Tour at Kennedy Plaza
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-574-3212
Saturday, December 17th at 2 PM
$25 Per Person

Join the Long Beach Island Landmarks Association on their Holiday Candlelight House Tour featuring a trolley ride and tasty refreshments.

Holiday Theater Performances
Celebrate the arrival of the holidays with a variety of live performances for adults and families alike! From beloved classics like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, to creative originals and new renditions of favorites, getting into the spirit won’t be a challenge!

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas at Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts
2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-724-3700
Thursday, December 1st through Sunday, December 18th at 8 PM
$35 Adults / $28 Seniors

A sequel to Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts' 2009 hit, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, this show is expected to be a rollicking holiday romp unlike anything else.

The Gateway's Holiday Spectacular On Ice at Patchogue Theatre
71 E. Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Thursday, December 15th through Sunday, January 1st at 7 PM
$29+ Per Person

Olympic skaters will be dazzling audiences as they perform to classic holiday songs in this show that could only be described as "spectacular."


Our Fabulous Variety Show Presents The New Christmas Carol at Guild Hall
158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-594-2906
Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 4th
$15 - $55 Per Person

Enjoy this tale of Scrooge's daughter, Neeza, as she navigates her way through Dickens High, where Scrooge is the school's principal.

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet at Madison Theatre
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571
516-323-4445
Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 4th

Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet will be elegantly performed by international ballet stars and music by the South Shore Symphony.

ADTLI Presents Clara's Dream: The Nutcracker at Patchogue Theatre
71 E. Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 4th
$17 - $34 Per Person

The American Dance Theatre of Long Island continues their holiday tradition of performing "Clara's Dream, The Nutcracker."

A Merry Mini Nutcracker at Brookside School
1260 Meadowbrook Road, Merrick, NY 11566
516-442-1590
Saturday, December 3rd & Sunday, December 4th, 3 PM - 5 PM
$15 Per Person

Visit Brookside School for a shortened and family-friendly version of The Nutcracker performed by children cast from the Integral Ballet School.

How the Big Duck Saved Christmas at Suffolk Theater
118 E Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Sunday, December 4th at 1 PM
$15 Adults / $10 Children

The fascinating story about how The Big Duck in Flanders saved Christmas from a "gang" of Canadian Elves.

The Mavericks: Sleigh Bells Ring Out! at Tilles Center at LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Friday, December 9th at 8 PM
$27 - $59 Per Person

The Mavericks will be bringing their unique blend of classic country, cow-punk, and standards to the Tilles Center's stage.

The Nutcracker Suite at Patchogue Theatre
71 E. Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Saturday, December 10th & Sunday, December 11th
$15+ Per Person

Ovations Dance Repertory Company presents The Nutcracker Suite with The Atlantic Wind Symphony at the Patchogue Theatre.

Holiday Rock and Roll with the Vendettas at Longwood Public Library - FREE!
800 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, NY 11953 (Map)
631-924-6400
Sunday, December 11th, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Free Event

Celebrate the holidays with an authentic and energetic performance at this spectacular Rock & Roll concert by the Rockabilly Group, the Vendettas.

The Night Before Christmas with Santa: Holiday Celebration at Brecknock Hall - FREE!
1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport, NY 11944
631-477-3800
Friday, December 16th, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Free Event

Bring your family and friends for a visit with Santa and a special reading of The Night Before Christmas in addition to carols, crafts, and refreshments.

A Home for the Holidays at Madison Theatre
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571
516-323-4445
Sunday, December 18th at 3 PM
$25 - $45 Per Person

Beloved Broadway performers and designers will be part of this show that is developing into a holiday tradition at Madison Theatre!

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts
2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-724-3700
Sunday, December 18th at 7:30 PM
$35 Adults / $28 Seniors / $20 Students

It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play returns to Smithtown to transport audiences back to the magic of Christmas in 1940.

Other December Fun
The month of December boasts a tremendous amount of other activities that are sure to attract attention! Nature hikes, fundraisers, and more are all on the schedule for this month, so be sure to set aside some time to enjoy them!

Caumsett Wanderings at Caumsett State Park
25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743
631-223-3427
Saturday, December 10th at 10 AM
Free Event - Parking Fees May Apply

Participants will enjoy a 6-mile hike through some hilly side trails at Caumsett State Park. The trail will be moderately challenging and wind through parts of Caumsett that are often left undiscovered.

Strange But True Oysters at Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
431 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-208-9200 ext. 426
Saturday, December 17th at 1 PM
Included With Aquarium Admission

Emmanuelle Pales Espinosa from Stony Brook University will be examining how oysters feed and select their food despite physical limitations.


Great South Bay Plus Bayard Cutting Arboretum at Great River LIRR Station
Connetquot Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue, East Islip, NY 11730
631-234-5486
Free Event - Parking Fees May Apply
Saturday, December 3rd at 10:45 AM

Hike from the Great River LIRR station to witness gorgeous views of the Great South Bay in Heckscher State Park.

Port Jeff's Santa's Workshop at Drowned Meadow Cottage - FREE!
Corner of W. Broadway & Barnum, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-802-2165
Saturday, December 4th, Sunday, December 4th & Saturday, December 10th, 12 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce has announced a number of opportunities to be photographed with Santa at Drowned Meadow Cottage.

Sweetbriar Nature Center's Wine Tasting Fundraiser at The Wine Guy
220 Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
Friday, December 9th, 8 PM - 10 PM
$20 Donation

Sweetbriar Nature Center and the Board of Trustees will be at The Wine Guy for a tasting event to support wildlife rehabilitation and natural science education.

Cold Spring Harbor Hill Hop at Cold Spring Harbor Library
95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
516-249-5041
Wednesday, December 28th at 10 AM
Free Event - Parking Fees May Apply

Hikers will be able to tackle one of the most challenging hikes on Long Island with a reward of incredible harbor views to make the journey worthwhile.

What Activities Are You Most Looking Forward To This December?
Let Us Know in the Comments Below!

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