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LongIsland.com's December 2017 Family Fun Guide: Winter Festivals, Holiday Lightings & Light Shows, & New Year's Entertainment

Written by Brian Re  |  30. November 2017

As the chill begins to set in and the year comes to an end, endless quantities of family activities on Long Island ensure that the fun is just beginning to heat up.  A variety of Festivals and Fairs will be kicking things off this December, allowing individuals and families to find the perfect gifts for everyone of their lists.

As Hanukkah falls on December 12, the middle of the month will be packed with Menorah Lightings that members of the community will certainly be gathering at.  For Christmas, there are plenty of Christmas Tree Lightings as well to ensure that there will be bright lights and holiday cheer regardless of the holiday being celebrated!  The holiday entertainment doesn't stop there, though, for Holiday Theater Performances, Brunches With Santa, Holiday Parades and Light Shows, and Holiday House Tours are all packed into a single month!  Plus, after Christmas and Hanukkah, there are all of the New Year's Eve events to look forward to that will help Long Islanders finish the year with a bang.

Outside of the holiday entertainment, there are also events of all kinds for both the young and young at heart.  So whether you're looking to head outdoors or enjoy a quiet activity indoors, December has all the activities that you could possibly ask for.  Since there is absolutely no time to waste, keep reading to see what events you'll want to fit in around the holidays!


Festivals and Fairs
Craft fairs for last-minute shopping and holiday destinations for enjoying the spirit of the season are among the events that will keep Long Islanders warm this December.  Needless to say, there will be no shortage of family events to spend the year's most bone-chilling days!

Westbury Market Fair & Flea Market at NYCB Theatre - FREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-669-7541
Saturdays & Sundays through December, 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!

Long Island Tech Day 2017 at Cradle of Aviation Museum - FREE!
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY 11530
Monday, December 18th, 12 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Long Island's tech companies will gather at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City for a day of demonstrations, networking, and recruiting. Several thousand attendees and 100+ exhibitors are expected at this unmissable event for technology enthusiasts, start-up companies, and established leaders.

38th Annual Holiday Festival at Stony Brook Village Center - FREE!
111 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-2244
Sunday, December 3rd, 11 AM - 8 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

14-foot puppets will make their way through Stony Brook Village during this festive event complete with decorated trees and an appearance by Santa.


25th Annual Cookie Walk & Christmas Fair at First United Methodist Church of Port Jefferson
603 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-928-2357
Saturday, December 2nd, 10 AM - 4 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

The 25th Annual Cookie Walk & Christmas Fair will bring together homemade cookies and craft vendors to create a special holiday atmosphere.

Holiday Fair at John Glenn High School - FREE!
478 Elwood Road, East Northport, NY 11731
Saturday, December 2nd, 10 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Shop for handmade wreaths, one-of-a-kind gifts, and delicious baked treats at John Glenn High School's Holiday Craft Fair.

22nd Annual Charles Dickens Festival at Port Jefferson Village - FREE!
Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-473-4724
Saturday, December 2nd, and Sunday, December 3rd, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

Port Jefferson Village will be turned into a location right out of a Charles Dickens novel with roaming characters and attractions for all ages.

Unique Holiday Boutique at Long Beach Historical Society - FREE!
226 West Penn Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-432-1192
Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through December 17th, 11 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

The Long Beach Historical Society will be hosting this special holiday shopping event across three weekends this December.

Gourmet Food & Handmade Market at Simplay - FREE!
180 Commerce Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-335-0653
Sunday, December 3rd, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Head to Simplay in Hauppauge for a market packed with jams, pretzels, home decorations, and countless other items.

Long Beach Waterfront Warriors' 9th Annual Christmas Party at Bishop Molloy Recreation Center
15 Parkside Road, Point Lookout, NY 11569
Sunday, December 3rd, 1 PM - 5 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

The Long Beach Waterfront Warriors' 9th Annual Christmas Party will help childen in need at Walter Reed Military Hospital and will have face painting for the kids, a tree lighting ceremony, and a visit from Santa.

Huntington Craft & Gift Show at American Legion Post 360 - FREE!
1 Mill Dam Road, Huntington, NY 11743
516-209-7386
Sunday, December 3rd, 10 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Long Island Craft Shows & American Legion Post 360 will be providing Long Islanders with a destination to pick out the perfect holiday gifts.

Holiday Vendor Fair at Patchogue Medford High School - FREE!
181 Buffalo Avenue, Medford, NY 11763
631-977-2053
Saturday, December 9th, 12 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Help raise money for the Patchogue-Medford Robotics Team 329 at this holiday vendor fair complete with unique and handmade gifts.

'Tis The Season at Long Island Maritime Museum
88 West Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796
631-HISTORY
Saturday, December 9th, 4 PM - 7 PM
$5 Per Person (Reservations Required)

West Sayville's Dutch heritage and holiday traditions will be celebrated with a holiday lantern tour, ornament crafts, face painting, live entertainment, and tasty refreshments at the Long Island Maritime Museum.

St. James - Smithtown Craft Fair at Smithtown East High School - FREE!
10 School Street, St. James, NY 11780
631-846-1459
Saturday, December 9th, and Sunday, December 10th, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

The 6th Annual St. James - Smithtown Craft Fair is sponsored by the Smithtown College Scholarship Committee and is set to showcase more than 100 exhibitors.

Holiday Festival at Coe Hall
1395 Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8678
Saturday, December 9th, and Sunday, December 10th, 11 AM - 4 PM
$10 Admission Fee / Free for Members and Children Under 12

Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum will be decorated for the holidays and will have live entertainment perfect for both the young and young at heart.

Bizarre Haunted Flea Market at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
516-395-3049
Saturday, December 9th, and Sunday, December 10th, 11 AM - 5 PM
$5 - $15 Per Person

It doesn't have to be the Halloween season to shop for spooky decorations, meet paranormal investigators, and share a love of all things haunted with fellow Long Islanders.

The Chocolate Expo: Holiday Edition at Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY 11530
Sunday, December 10th, 10 AM - 7 PM
$10 Per Person

Dozens of vendor booths will be packed into the Cradle of Aviation for a full day of chocolates, specialty treats, and live demos by celebrity chefs.

Polar Walk & Family Fun Day at Heckscher State Park
Heckscher State Park, Fields 6 & 7, East Islip, NY 11730
717-421-9702
Sunday, December 17th, 10 AM - 4 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

A family-friendly Polar Walk at 10 AM and Polar Plunge at 2 PM are the signature activities of this day of outdoor entertainment in East Islip.

Santa's Village Holiday Craft Vendor Fair at Academy Sports Complex - FREE!
875 Conklin Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-779-4461
Sunday, December 17th, 2 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Pick up those final holiday gifts on your list at Santa's Village Holiday Craft Vendor Fair in Farmingdale.

The Franklin Square Holiday Gift & Craft Show II at VFW Hall - FREE!
68 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square, NY 11010
516-644-5615
Saturday, December 16th, 9 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Dozens of craft vendors will gather at Franklin Square's VFW Hall for a Saturday of holiday shopping.

Christmas Tree Lightings
At town squares across Suffolk and Nassau, towering trees are waiting to be lit for Christmas!  Gather your family members and friends and make plans to enjoy hot chocolate and holiday songs at one of these upcoming Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies!

Orient Beach State Park's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
40000 Main Road, Orient, NY 11957
631-323-2440
Friday, December 1st at 6:30 PM
Free Event

Orient Beach State Park will host its 31st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st. The local elementary school will entertain patrons with holiday songs while Santa lights the holiday tree.

Ronkonkoma's Christmas Tree Lighting at Raynor Beach County Park - FREE!
Ronkonkoma Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11777
631-963-2796
Sunday, December 3rd, 2 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce will be kicking off the holiday season with the lighting of the Ronkonkoma Christmas tree at Raynor Beach County Park.


Kennedy Plaza's Christmas Tree Lighting - FREE!
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
Friday, December 1st at 4 PM
Free Event

Local organizations and city officials will gather with members of the community to light Kennedy Plaza's Christmas tree.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum's 21st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
631-581-1002
Friday, December 1st, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Free Event

Beginning with Santa lighting Bayard Cutting Arboretum's tree, the night will continue at the decorated Victorian mansion on the property.

Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Extravaganza at Bellmore Veterans Memorial - FREE!
Corner of Bedford & Broadway, Bellmore, NY 11710
516-679-1875
Friday, December 1st, 6 PM - 10 PM
Free Event

Head to Bellmore for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza! The night will feature the tree lighting, a visit from Santa, live nativity, holiday music, carriage and trolley rides (fees apply).

Brookhaven Town's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Holtsville Ecology Site - FREE!
249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY 11742
631-451-9276
Friday, December 1st, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Holtsville Ecology Site will be the site of a holiday celebration complete with costumed characters, sweet treats, and the arrival of Santa Claus by helicopter.

Copiague's Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
Great Neck Road & Oak Street, Copiague, NY 11726
Friday, December 1st, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Free Event

Join the Copiague Chamber of Commerce and the Copiague Fire Department for their 2017 Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy free hot chocolate and a visit from Santa.

Tree Lighting & Family Festival at THE LIFE Lutheran Church - FREE!
1 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568
516-741-1529
Saturday, December 2nd, 3 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Hosted by THE LIFE Lutheran Church, this annual event brings Long Islanders together for tasty desserts, live music, and the lighting of an 80-foot tree.

Annual Tree Lighting and Advent Festival at St Luke's Lutheran Church - FREE!
170 Conklin Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-249-1220
Saturday, December 2nd, 4 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Head to St. Luke's in Farmingdale for a tree lighting ceremony complete with refreshments, games, and an opportunity to create an original advent wreath.

Belmont Lake State Park's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon, NY 11703
631-667-5055
Saturday, December 2nd at 4:15 PM
Free Event

Enjoy an evening at Belmont Lake State Park with elementary schools singing holiday songs, a live ice sculptor, and a tree lighting by Santa.

Kings Park Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Kings Park Library - FREE!
Main Street & Route 25A, Kings Park, NY 11754
Saturday, December 2nd at 4:30 PM
Free Event

Kings Park will be lighting the town Christmas tree at Veterans Plaza on December 2nd. Take the whole family and enjoy the holiday spirit with the community.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Deepwells Farm County Park - FREE!
Route 25A & Moriches Road, St. James, NY 11780
631-584-8510
Saturday, December 2nd at 4:30 PM
Free Event

Visit Deepwells Farm County Park for holiday music, pictures with Santa, and the lighting of a gigantic Christmas tree.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
1660 Rte 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
516-692-6768
Saturday, December 2nd, 5 PM - 7 PM
$6 Adults / $4 Kids (3-12) & Seniors / Free for Members and Under 3

Visit the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery to meet Santa Claus and watch him light the Christmas tree.

Bellport Village's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
Bellport Lane, Bellport, NY 11715
631-438-1713
Saturday, December 2nd at 5:45 PM
Free Event

Long Islanders are invited to Bellport for the village's annual tree lighting ceremony on December 2nd.

Tree Lighting With Santa at Port Jefferson Train Car - FREE!
Junction of Route 347 & Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
631-821-1313
Saturday, December 2nd, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Attendees will enjoy a special tree lighting ceremony, pictures with Santa, and tasty cups of hot chocolate.

Massapequa's Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting at Klestinec Park - FREE!
Broadway & Michigan Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758
516-541-1443
Saturday, December 2nd, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

The Massapequa Chamber of Commerce invites members of the community to celebrate the holiday season with av evening of live entertainment and festive treats.

Hampton Bays Christmas Tree Lighting at Hampton Bays Fire Department - FREE!
69 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
631-728-2211
Sunday, December 3rd at 4 PM
Free Event

Join the Hampton Bays Fire Department and the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce for the lighting of the town Christmas tree.

Levittown Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Tree Lighting at Veterans Memorial Park - FREE!
Hempstead Turnpike & Shelter Lane, Levittown, NY 11756
516-520-8000
Monday, December 4th, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Local groups and organizations will gather at Veterans Memorial Park in Levittown to enjoy a tree lighting ceremony and visit from Santa Claus.

Planting Fields Arboretum's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-9200
Friday, December 8th, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

The 13th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will bring together Long Islanders for a Friday evening of holiday festivities.

Roosevelt Public Library's Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
27 West Fulton Avenue, Roosevelt, NY 11575
516-378-0222
Saturday, December 9th, 2 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

Gather with family and friends at the Roosevelt Public Library for a tree lighting ceremony on December 9th.

Menorah Lightings
As Hanukkah falls between December 12th and December 20th this year, local organizations will be celebrating the holiday with public Menorah Lighting ceremonies.  Here are some of the lighting events that families won't want to miss!

Kings Park Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Kings Park Library - FREE!
Main Street & Route 25A, Kings Park, NY 11754
Sunday, December 10th at 11 AM
Free Event

Long Islanders are invited to the Kings Park Library for a public menorah lighting ceremony with members of the community on December 10th.


St. James' Menorah Lighting at The St. James Triangle - FREE!
Route 25A & Moriches Road, St. James, NY 11780
631-584-8510
Tuesday, December 12th, through Tuesday, December 19th, at 5:30 PM
Free Event

The eight nights of Hanukkah will be celebrated in St. James as the town's menorah is lit at the Triangle at Lake Avenue and Moriches Road.


Massapequa's Menorah & Christmas Tree Lighting at Klestinec Park - FREE!
Broadway & Michigan Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758
516-541-1443
Saturday, December 2nd, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

The Massapequa Chamber of Commerce invites members of the community to celebrate the holiday season with an evening of live entertainment and festive treats.

Menorah Workshop at The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor
279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
631-367-3418
Sunday, December 3rd, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
$12 Per Person

Participants will be able to enjoy The Whaling Museum's collection of oil lamps and create their own menorahs for the holiday.

Port Jefferson Station Menorah Lighting at Port Jefferson Train Car - FREE!
Junction of Route 347 & Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
631-821-1313
Tuesday, December 12th, 4 PM - 5 PM
Free Event

Gather the family to enjoy a special menorah lighting with community members.

Temple Beth El of Patchogue's Chanukah Menorah Lighting - FREE!
45 Oak Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-475-1882
Tuesday, December 12th, through Tuesday, December 19th, at 5:15 PM
Free Event

Temple Beth El in Patchogue invites members of the community to candle lighting ceremonies for Hanukkah between December 12th and 19th.

Long Beach's Menorah Lighting at Kennedy Plaza - FREE!
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
Tuesday, December 12th, through Tuesday, December 19th, Various Times
Free Event

Long Beach's menorah will be lit at Kennedy Plaza across eight nights this December in celebration of Hanukkah.

Ronkonkoma's Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at Raynor Beach County Park - FREE!
Ronkonkoma Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11777
631-963-2796
Tuesday, December 12th, 7 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual menorah lighting for all to enjoy at Raynor Beach County Park.

Community Menorah Lighting at Manetto Hill Jewish Center - FREE!
244 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview, NY 11803
516-935-5454
Wednesday, December 13th, 6 PM - 7 PM
Free Event

Manetto Hill Jewish Center will be holding its Community Candle Lighting event on December 13th for community members to celebrate Hanukkah.

Holiday Parades and Light Shows
The length of the average day may be the shortest in December, but there's a reason why the holiday season is called the “season of light!”  From energetic parades to stunning light shows, Long Island will be lit up with thousands upon thousands of lights for the holidays!

14th Annual Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's Holiday Light Show at Smith Point Beach
1 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967
631-543-6622
Friday, December 1st, through Saturday, December 30th, Various Times
$20 Per Car

The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County and County Executive Steve Bellone have joined together to present the Girl Scouts' beloved light show for the fourteenth holiday season. This year, the show will include more lights and displays than ever before, with proceeds supporting girls' programs.

The 2017 NYC Christmas Express Holiday Trolley
40th Street & Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017
631-543-0908
Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through January 7th, 5:30 PM - 11 PM
Regular Price: $100 / Special Price: $59

Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the season on M&V Limousines' Christmas Express Holiday Trolley. Riders will be taken through the streets of New York City for an evening of Chirstmas carols and delicious treats.


East Hampton Santa Parade on Main Street - FREE!
Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-0362
Saturday, December 2nd, 10 AM - 11 AM
Free Event

The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce will kick off December with a parade featuring Santa, Mayor Paul Rickenbach, and a variety of local organizations. Children will be able to head to Rowdy Hall following the parade for pictures with Santa Claus.

Capt Lou's Nautical Mile Parade of Lights: Boat Parade
31 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520
516-623-5823
Saturday, December 2nd, 7:30 PM - 9 PM
$25 Per Person

Celebrate the holidays aboard the Captain Lou Fleet with an evening of DJ entertainment, holiday lights and decorations, and delicious hot chocolate.

5th Annual Long Beach Electric Light Parade on West Beech Street - FREE!
West Beech Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-432-6000
Saturday, December 9th at 6:30 PM
Free Event

A plethora of cars, trucks, and floats, all decked out with Christmas lights, will head down West Beech Street in Long Beach for the fifth year of this popular parade.

Brunch with Santa
Before making his way down the chimneys of Long Island homes, Santa Claus will be sitting down with local children for delicious brunches!  These brunches will feature delicious dishes and treats that kids will love, and the adults will certainly enjoy the champagne and mimosas!

Brunch with Santa at Crescent Beach Club
333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
516-628-3000
Sunday, December 10th, 12 PM - 3:30 PM
$40 Adults / $20 Children

The Crescent Beach Club will be celebrating the holiday season with a special Santa Brunch at their stunning Bayville location. Families will enjoy a delicious meal, a free picture with Santa, face painting activities, and mimosas/Bloody Marys for the adults.

Santa Brunch at Long Island Aquarium
431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-208-9200
Sunday, December 10th, 10 AM - 2 PM
$22.95 - $49.95 Per Person

Families will be able to enjoy a Santa brunch at the Long Island Aquarium on December 10th. The brunch also includes admission to the aquarium.

Brunch With Santa at Windows on the Lake
235 Lake Shore Road, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-737-0088
Sunday, December 17th, 10 AM - 3 PM
Adults - $44.95 / Children - $19.95

Celebrate the arrival of the holidays by enjoying a delectable brunch with Santa Claus at Windows on the Lake. Menu items include scrambled eggs, assorted crepes, eggplant parmigiana, Belgium waffle and carving stations, and plenty more.


Brunch with Santa at Pure North Fork
141 Fairway Drive, Wading River, NY 11792
631-886-2777
Sunday, December 17th, 11 AM - 3 PM
$14.95 Per Person

Pure North Fork Craft Bar & Bistro will be hosting a Santa Brunch along with a "Winter Wonderland Arts & Crafts" for the little ones to enjoy.

New Year’s Eve Events
Bid farewell to 2017 and celebrate the arrival of 2018 with one of the many New Year's Eve celebrations happening at Long Island venues!  Whether you select a formal dinner or a nightlife party packed with energy, a memorable time is sure to be had this December 31st!

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

Long Islanders celebrating New Year's Eve at The Crescent Beach Club will enjoy DJ entertainment, a premium open bar, delicious Crescent Beach specialties, a live feed from Times Square, and a champagne toast at midnight.

New Year's Eve 2018 - Polish Style at Terrace on the Park
52-11 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Park, NY 11368
718-592-5000
Sunday, December 31st, 8 PM - 2 AM
$175 Per Person

Stellar views, mouthwatering dishes, and unrivaled service will combine at Terrace on the Park's New Year's Eve celebration to create a night that will not soon be forgotten.

New Year’s Eve at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
Sunday, December 31st at 7:30 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with four buddies who will stop at nothing to embarrass each other. For 20 years the cast of TruTV’s Impractical Jokers have been performing as The Tenderloins, and they’re bringing their Santiago Sent Us tour to NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the final event of the year on Sunday, December 31.


New Year's Eve 2018 at Off Key Tikki
31 Baker Place, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-804-0595
Sunday, December 31st, 8 PM - 12 AM
$119 Advance Tickets

Ring in the New Year at Off Key Tikki with a five course 'Polynesian Dining Experience.' There will be a full open bar from 8 PM to 12 AM, champagne toast, and live music with The Cocktails.

New Year's Eve Bash at The Meadow Club
1147 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
631-928-3800
Sunday, December 31st, 8:30 PM - 1:30 AM
$125 Per Person

The Meadow Club will be offering a gourmet, four-course dinner, DJ entertainment, and a premium open bar with champagne toast to celebrate the arrival of 2018.

Leonard's Palazzo New Year's Eve Celebration
555 Northern Boulevard, Great Neck, NY 11021
516-487-7900
Sunday, December 31st, 8 PM - 1:30 AM
$160 Per Person

Featuring a cocktail hour, dinner, dessert, open bar, and plenty of entertainment, Leonard Palazzo's annual New Year's Eve Celebration in Great Neck will be a prime way to count down until midnight.


New Year's Eve at Parlay Gastropub
210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-282-9909
Sunday, December 31st, 9 PM - 1 AM
$75 Per Person

A premium open bar, buffet, party favors, and champagne toast are all on the agenda for Parlay Gastropub's New Year's Eve celebration in Rockville Centre.

New Year's Eve at Mesita
212B Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-282-9909
Sunday, December 31st, 9 PM - 1 AM
$60 Per Person

Mesita in Rockville Centre will be celebrating the arrival of 2018 with a premium open bar, champagne toast, DJ entertainment, and party favors.

New Year's Eve Celebration at Pure North Fork Craft Bar & Bistro
141 Fairway Drive, Wading River, NY 11792
631-886-2777
Sunday, December 31st, 5 PM - 1 AM
$99 Per Person

DJ entertainment and a four-course dinner with a bottle of Prosecco will be available from 5 PM - 8 PM, while 9 PM - 1 AM will see an open bar, buffet, and a live feed from Times Square.

The Southampton Inn’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration
91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-6500
Sunday, December 31st, 7:30 PM - 1 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Spend New Year's Eve at The Southampton Inn with dinner, drinks, and dessert, and wake up on the first morning of 2018 in one of the inn's comfortable rooms.

Fishes & Wishes - New Year's Eve Celebration at Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-208-9200
Sunday, December 31st, 6:30 PM - 11 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

The entire family is invited to welcome in 2018 at the Long Island Aquarium with a buffet dinner, dancing, and the incredible fishes that call the aquarium home.

Music & Concerts
Radio stations may seem to play nothing but holiday music during December, but there will be a tremendous amount of variety being performed at local music venues. Regardless of whether you're looking to catch a jazz ensemble or a hard rock band, Long Island will be hosting plenty of internationally-recognized and yet-to-be-discovered bands this month.

Help For Puerto Rico Concert at Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
516-231-4848
Sunday, December 3rd, 5 PM - 10 PM
$35 Per Person

The Counterclockwise Ensemble, Gathering Time, The Queazles, and a number of other musicians will be performing to help raise money for The Hispanic Federation, which will assist Puerto Rico in the hurricane recovery effort.


Sunday Street featuring Ellis Paul at The Long Island Museum
1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-0066
Sunday, December 10th, 3 PM - 5 PM
$25 Per Person

Ellis Paul will be performing at The Long Island Museum for the 12th time this December, and the set promises to blend favorites from his extended catalogue and songs off his latest holiday release, Chasing Beauty.


David Bromberg at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Friday, December 1st, 8 PM - 9:30 PM
$49 - $60 Per Person

Legendary musician David Bromberg will thrill audiences with a full set of renowned tunes at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead.

Tuesday Nights at Sangria 71 - Live Music with Leah Laurenti
1095 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
631-670-7606
Tuesdays, December 5th through December 26th, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
No Cover Charge

Spice up your Tuesday evenings by heading to Sangria 71 in Commack for happy hour drink specials and live music. Each week, Leah Laurenti, a Long Island native and former American Idol contestant, will be performing her unique blend of jazz and soul with a pop touch.

Adelphi Jazz Ensemble at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
One South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
516-877-4000
Friday, December 8th at 7:30 PM
$20 Per Person

Students studying music at Adelphi will showcase what they have learned at this special jazz concert featuring the music of Al Jarreau and Stevie Wonder.

Todd Rundgren at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-247-5200
Saturday, December 9th at 8 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren will be bringing his live show to NYCB Theatre at Westbury for a night of new and old favorites.

Winger at The Space at Westbury
250 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590
516-283-5566
Sunday, December 10 at 8 PM
$35+ Per Person

Winger will be mere "Miles Away" when they take to the stage at The Space at Westbury Theater for a night of songs from their six albums.

Flamenco Music Night with Los Cintron at Sangria 71 Commack
1095 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
631-670-7606
Monday, December 11th, 7 PM - 10 PM
$65 Per Person

Los Cintron will be performing at Sangria 71's Commack location during a very special Flamenco Music Night. The two brothers were born in Spain and are now based out of New York City, where they regularly perform their unique blend of World, Latin, and Flamenco music.

Suzanne Vega at Landmark on Main Street
232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-6444
Friday, December 15th at 8 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Suzanne Vega will be performing all of the songs off of two of her hit albums, Solitude Standing and 99.9F.

Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot at Mulcahy's
3232 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh, NY 11793
516-783-7500
Saturday, December 16th at 9:30 PM
$17 - $20 Per Person

Big Shot will be performing Billy Joel favorites and holiday classics at Mulcahy's of Wantagh during their annual Christmas show.

Patent Pending at Revolution
140 Merrick Road, Amityville, NY 11701
Friday, December 22nd at 6:30 PM
$15 Per Person

Head to the Revolution Music Hall in Amityville for a night of music with Patent Pending.

Unsung Heros at The Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Friday, December 29th at 8 PM
$10 Per Person

Unsung Heros will be at The Stephen Talkhouse for a night of music between Christmas and New Year's Eve festivities.

Steve Forbert and The Renditions at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Friday, December 29th at 8 PM
$35 - $40 Per Person

Steve Forbert and The Renditions will be bringing their unique blend of folk and pop to Bay Shore for a special evening of live music.

Holiday House Tours
Historic homes throughout local towns will be have their doors opened this month to help share the holiday cheer.  As such, members of the community will be able to embark on Holiday House Tours to enjoy these fantastic homes, which will be fully decked out with holiday decorations.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum Holiday House Tour
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
631-241-3694
Various Days Between December 3rd and 29th
See Event Listing For Pricing

The first and second floors of the Manor House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum will be packed with live trees and beautiful decorations. Stick around after the tour for delicious cookies and beverages provided by Manor House servants.


Cutchogue Holiday House Tour
580 Skunk Lane, Cutchogue, NY 11935
631-765-8895
Saturday, December 9th, 11 AM - 3:30 PM
$75 Per Person

Between the Zuhoski Christmas Tree Farm and four bed and breakfasts, the Cutchogue Holiday House Tour brings together a season's worth of holiday entertainment into a not-to-be-missed event.


Three Village Historical Society's 39th Annual Candlelight House Tour at The Old Field Club
86 West Meadow Road, East Setauket, NY 11733
631-751-3730
Friday, December 1st, 6 PM - 11 PM ($85 - $110 Per Person)
Saturday, December 2nd, 8:30 AM - 4 PM ($45 - $70 Per Person)

Three Village Historical Society will be celebrating the holidays with five decorated homes in East Setauket that combine the beauty of holiday decorations with stunning architecture.

The Historical Society of Islip Hamlet's 24th Annual Holiday House Tour
Various Homes Throughout Islip
Sunday, December 3rd, 12 PM - 5 PM
$20 Per Person

Returning for its 24th year, The Historical Society of Islip Hamlet's Holiday House Tour is an essential aspect of the season here on Long Island. After visiting the gorgeous homes, participants will be able to enjoy live entertainment and refreshments at a reception.

Long Beach Island Landmarks Association Holiday Candlelight House Tour at Kennedy Plaza
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-574-3212
Saturday, December 16th at 2 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Long Islanders will be able to hop on a trolley and head into the Red Brick Street District to see homes decorated for the holiday season.

"Christmas is Coming" Holiday House Tour at Sagtikos Manor
Montauk Highway & Manor Lane, West Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-321-6809
Saturday, December 9th, and Sunday, December 10th, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
$25 Adults |  $20 Seniors/Students |  $8 Children 5-12 (Reserved)

Sagtikos Manor will be expertly decorated based on historic themes and traditions that were customary in generations past.

Holiday Theater Performances
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a memorable live performance at one of Long Island's theaters.  From classics like The Nutcracker, to original works that are destined to become future holiday traditions, children and adults alike will be able to revel in expertly-staged productions.

Seiskaya Ballet's Nutcracker at Staller Center for the Arts
100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794
631-584-0192
Friday, December 15th, through Monday, December 18th
$30 - $40 Per Person

The Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker will be presented for six intimate shows at Stony Brook University's Staller Center. The performances will ensure that Long Islanders are put into the holiday spirit while enjoying the magic of live theatre.

A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail at The Richie Applebaum Theater
1021 Portion Road, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-496-9626
Various Days, December 3rd through December 28th
$10 - $12 Per Person

Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Tigger, and Eyeore will all be present at this live stage show to help Long Island children celebrate the magic of Christmas.


ADTLI's "Clara's Dream, The Nutcracker" at Patchogue Theatre
71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-472-3455
Friday, December 1st, through Sunday, December 3rd
$20 - $39 Per Person

Having performed "Clara's Dream, The Nutcracker" for nearly two decades, the American Dance Theatre of Long Island is set to dazzle audiences with an expertly-staged holiday show at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Nutcracker at Madison Theatre At Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-323-4444
Friday, December 1st, through Sunday, December 3rd
See Event Listing For Pricing

Tchaikovsky’s ballet will be coming to life this December at Madison Theatre at Molloy College with renowned performers and a full symphonic orchestra.

The Colors of Christmas: An Evening of Christmas Classics & Greatest Hits at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-247-5200
Sunday, December 3rd at 7 PM
$49+ Per Person

Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr, Ruben Studdard, and Jody Watley will all be performing during this special Christmas show.

Barry Manilow - A Very Barry Christmas at NYCB LIVE (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
800-745-3000
Thursday, December 7th
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Barry Manilow will be bringing his "A Very Barry Christmas" show to NYCB LIVE after two successful shows at the venue in 2017.

Broadway Holiday at Coe Hall at Coe Hall at Planting Field Arborertum
1395 Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8600
Thursday, December 7th, 7 PM - 9 PM
$40 - $50 Per Person

Rob Gallagher, Marie Danvers, Kathy Voytko, Lisa Howard, and Jack Kohl will be on-hand to perform Broadway and holiday tunes.

Long Beach Department of Parks & Recreation's Children's Holiday Show
239 Lido Boulevard, Long Beach, NY 11561
Saturday, December 9th at 11 AM
$5 Per Person

The Plaza Theater Group will be performing "Once Upon a Snowflake" for the Long Beach School District's families at Long Beach Middle School's auditorium.

A Christmas Story, The Musical at Patchogue Theatre
71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-286-1133
Various Days, December 15th through December 28th
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A Christmas Story, the beloved 1983 holiday classic, will hit the stage at Patchogue Theatre this year for a live adaptation that will have audiences rolling in the aisles.

A Staged Reading of A Christmas Carol at Adelphi University - FREE!
One South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
516-877-4930
Saturday, December 16th at 2 PM
Free Event

The students of Adelphi University's Department of Theatre will be bringing Charles Dickens' 1843 novella to life with a live reading.

The Nutcracker at Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playhouse
118 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11545
631-462-0964
Saturday, December 16th, and Sunday, December 17th
$40 Per Person

Proudly presenting the 36th season of "The Nutcracker," New York Dance Theatre will be taking to the stage at Hofstra University for four performances this December.

Christmas Celebration at Madison Theatre At Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571
516-323-4444
Saturday, December 16th, and Sunday, December 17th
See Event Listing For Pricing

Madison Theatre at Molloy College is the place to be this holiday season for three Christmas-themed performances featuring Broadway performers and designers.

The Nutcracker at Noel S Ruiz Theater At CM Performing Arts Center
931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-737-1964
Wednesday, December 27th, and Thursday, December 28th, 3 PM and 7 PM
$40 Per Person

Ballet Long Island will be bringing its rendition of The Nutcracker to the stage at Noel S Ruiz Theater on two special days this December.

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Sunday, December 17th, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
$15 - $30 Per Person

Directed by Cindy Clifford, this live performance of It's a Wonderful Life is a perfect way to get into the spirit of the holidays.

Other December Fun
In addition to all of the holiday events to look forward to, December has plenty of other events to attend.  Whether you're looking to enjoy the beauty of nature or learn something new, there will always be a fresh adventure to embark on this month.

'Whoo's' Out Tonight? at Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Sunrise Highway, Bohemia, NY 11716
631-581-1072
Saturday, December 2nd, 7 PM - 9 PM
$4 Per Person

Families will be able to see owls in their natural habitats during this nightime excursion at Connetquot River State Park Preserve.


Winter Stars and Constellations at Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center - FREE!
1 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967
631-281-3010
Friday, December 15th, 7 PM - 9 PM
Free Event

Astronomer Tom Carey will teach attendees all about the stars and constellations that are visible in the night sky above Fire Island.


Santacon 5K Run, Walk & Roll at Eisenhower Park
1899 Park Boulevard, Westbury 11590 (Map)
516-603-2232
Saturday, December 2nd at 8:30 AM
5K Run - $25 / Walk & Roll - Free

Long Islanders are not going to want to miss this holiday event at Eisenhower Park, which will feature a brisk 5K race and a Walk & Roll.

Annual Holiday Hike And Open House at Blydenburgh County Park
Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11788
631-514-9487
Sunday, December 10th at 9 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Hikers will enjoy an 8-mile hike between Blydenburgh County Park and Sweetbriar Farm before Blydenburgh's open house between 1 PM and 4 PM.


Animal Adventures at Science Museum of Long Island
1526 North Plandome Road, Manhasset, NY 11030
516-627-9400
Wednesday, December 27th, 10 AM - 3 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

School may be out for the holidays, but children will learn all about the Science Museum of Long Island's reptiles, mammals, and anthropods during this educational event.

Goldilocks & the Three Bears Puppet Show at Southampton Arts Center - FREE!
25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-0967
Thursday, December 28th at 4:30 PM
Free Event

Ideal for ages 2-6, this engaing puppet show will tell the classic story of Goldilocks and her quest for the perfect bowl of porridge.

 

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