LongIsland.com's December 2018 Family Fun Guide: Holiday Lightings & Light Shows, Winter Festivals, New Year's Entertainment & More!

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Before 2019 arrives, December will be absolutely bursting with seasonal entertainment and holiday-themed events!

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Cold temperatures won't stop Long Islanders from having a great time this month!

The arrival of winter may mean some bone-chilling weather here on Long Island, though with a packed events calendar, staying warm certainly won't be a challenge. For those looking to enjoy an afternoon with friends and family, there are a number of Festivals and Fairs this month that have entertainment for all ages. Nearby craft fairs also serve as a great way to finish up that holiday shopping list while supporting local businesses!

Hanukkah kicks off the holiday season this month on December 2nd, ensuring that there are plenty of Menorah Lightings to attend early this month. Christmas Tree Lightings are also planned for all across Long Island, giving Long Islanders the opportunity to share the holiday cheer with member of the community. Even with all of these events to consider, lightings are only the beginning of the holiday entertainment! Plenty of Holiday Parades, Light Shows, and Theater Performances means that there won't be a shortage of festive activities this December!

All of this holiday fun will take Long Islanders to the end of December, where there will be a number of New Year's Eve events to help ring in 2019. Clearly, there is no time to waste if all of the great events this month are to be enjoyed!


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!

Stony Brook Village's 39th Annual Holiday Festival - FREE!
111 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-2244
Sunday, December 2nd, 11 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

Between the "Legends & Spies" puppet parade, holiday tree lighting, Santa visit, carolers, and model train exhibit, there will be plenty to enjoy at this year's Holiday Festival in Stony Brook.

Brunch with Santa - McDonald's Melville Grand Re-Opening Celebration
729 Route 110, Melville, NY 11747
Sunday, December 9th, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Kicking off a number of exciting events as part of its Grand Re-Opening Celebration, McDonald's in Melville invite families to enjoy Brunch with Santa and get a personalized photo to savor!


Face Painting Fun - McDonald's Melville Grand Re-Opening Celebration
729 Route 110, Melville, NY 11747
Sunday, December 16th, 1 PM - 3 PM
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Kids will not want to miss an afternoon of face painting at McDonald's in Melville! Participants will be able to express their creativity through fantastic styles and colors!


Magic with Cano the Clown - McDonald's Melville Grand Re-Opening Celebration
729 Route 110, Melville, NY 11747
Saturday, January 5th, 1 PM - 3 PM
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McDonald's in Melville, which has recently received a full contemporary update, will be hosting a a very special performance by Cano the Clown for kids of all ages to enjoy!


Rocky Point PTA's Annual Holiday Boutique at Rocky Point Middle School - FREE!
76 Rocky Point Yaphank Road, Rocky Point NY, 11778
631-816-5485
Saturday, December 1st, 9 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Not only will Rocky Point PTA's Holiday Boutique have unique items for purchase, but there will also be teachers to wrap them and delicious cookies to enjoy while shopping.

8th Annual Wooden Wonderland at Suffolk County Historical Society - FREE!
300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-2881
Saturday, December 1st, 10 AM - 4:30 PM
Free Event

All kinds of wooden items, including ornaments and home decor, will be offered by local artisans and vendors.

Sag Harbor's Holiday Village - FREE!
Sag Harbor Village, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Saturday, December 1st, 3 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Between a visit from Santa Claus, holiday music, and the lighting of the town Christmas tree at Long Wharf, Sag Harbor's Holiday Village promises entertainment for all ages.

23rd Annual Charles Dickens Festival at Port Jefferson Village - FREE!
Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, December 1st, through Sunday, December 2nd
Free Event

Port Jefferson will be turned into a town out of a Charles Dickens novel thanks to beloved characters and a number of seasonal attractions.

St. James-Smithtown Craft Fair at Smithtown High School East - FREE!
10 School Street, St. James, NY 11780
631-846-1459
Saturday, December 1st, through Sunday, December 2nd, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

100 exhibitors will gather at Smithtown High School East for a craft fair packed with decorations, chocolates, and more.

Long Beach Historical Society's Vintage Holiday Boutique
226 West Penn Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-432-1192
Saturdays and Sundays, December 1st through 9th, 10 AM - 4 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Stop by Long Beach Historical Society this December to get your holiday shopping done while helping to support local vendors.

Holiday Craft Fair at VFW Post 4927 Auxiliary - FREE!
31 Horseblock Road, Centereach, NY 11720
516-521-2259
Saturday, December 8th, 10 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Tons of vendors will be hosted at VFW Post 4927 Auxiliary for a craft fair with items for all ages.

Holiday Vendor Fair & Saver's Fundraiser at Patchogue-Medford High School - FREE!
181 Buffalo Avenue, Medford, NY 11763
631-977-2053
Saturday, December 8th, 12 PM - 5 PM
Free Event

With proceeds benefiting the PMHS Robotics Team, this holiday fair is a great opportunity to pick up some unique gifts while supporting a local group.

Oyster Bay Holiday Market - FREE!
1 Shore Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
415-760-7642
Saturday, December 8th, 12 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Support local businesses from Oyster Bay and East Norwich while finding the perfect gifts for every name on your list.

Craft Fair at Northport High School - FREE!
154 Laurel Hill Road, Northport, NY 11768
631-846-1459
Saturday, December 8th, through Sunday, December 9th, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

More than 200 vendors ensures that this craft fair at Northport High School will be packed full of great deals on one-of-a-kind items.

Holiday Festival at Planting Field Arboretum's Coe Hall
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8668
Saturdays and Sundays, December 8th through 16th, 11 AM - 4 PM
$10 Adults / Free for Members & Children

Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum will be decorated for the holiday season during this two-weekend Holiday Festival. Children will be able to meet Santa and partake in face painting activities.

Freeport Craft Fair at South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation - FREE!
228 South Ocean Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520
516-623-1204
Sunday, December 9th, 10 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Visit Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Freeport for a craft fair that will also feature a face painting station and hourly raffles.

Bay Shore's Light The Night - FREE!
Throughout Bay Shore-Brightwaters, NY 11706
631-665-7003
Sunday, December 9th at 5 PM
Free Event

The Bay Shore-Brightwaters community will be shining with the lights of the season during this beloved seasonal event.

Selden Craft and Gift Extravaganza at Newfield High School - FREE!
145 Marshall Drive, Selden, NY 11784
631-846-1459
Saturdays, December 15th & 22nd, and Sunday, December 23rd, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

Peruse the selections of more than 200 exhibitors at this enormous craft fair at Newfield High School in Selden.

The Last-Minute Holiday Bazaar at Guild Hall - FREE!
158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-0806
Saturday, December 22nd, 10 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

There might only be a few days left before Christmas, but Guild Hall's Last-Minute Holiday Bazaar will make sure you find the perfect gifts for everyone left on your list.

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!

Port Washington's 21st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Blumenfeld Park - FREE!
232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-883-0826
Sunday, December 2nd, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Free Event

A staple of the holiday season for more than two decades, Port Washington's Christmas Tree Lighting is a family event with fun for all ages.


Bellmore's Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Extravaganza - FREE!
Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710
516-679-1875
Friday, December 7th, 6 PM - 10 PM
Free Event

The holiday festivities will include a Christmas Tree lighting, Santa visit, holiday music, horse and carriage rides (small fee), trolley rides (small fee), and more.


East Hampton Village's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Maidstone - FREE!
207 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-0362
Saturday, December 1st, 4 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Enjoy live music, hot refreshments, and the spectacular lighting of East Hampton Village's Christmas Tree at this annual ceremony.

Tree Lighting and Family Festival at THE LIFE Lutheran Church - FREE!
1 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568
516-333-3355
Saturday, December 1st, 4 PM - 6:30 PM
Free Event

Beginning with treats, raffles, and holiday music, THE LIFE Lutheran Church's seasonal event will be centered around the lighting of a 75-foot Christmas tree.

Belmont Lake State Park's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
Southern State Parkway, Exit 38, North Babylon, NY 11703
631-667-5055
Saturday, December 1st at 4:15 PM
Free Event

The young and young at heart alike will be thrilled by Belmont Lake State Park's winter wonderland and tree lighting ceremony.

St. James' Christmas Tree Lighting at Deepwells Farm Historic Park - FREE!
Route 25A & Moriches Road, St. James, NY 11780
631-584-8510
Saturday, December 1st at 4:30 PM
Free Event

Enjoy holiday music and a tree lighting with Santa at Deepwells Farm in St. James.

Kings Park's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Kings Park Library - FREE!
Main Street, Kings Park, NY 11754
Saturday, December 1st at 4:30 PM
Free Event

Head over to Veterans Plaza in Kings Park at 4:30 PM on December 1st for this year's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Seaford Historical Society's Open House & Tree Lighting - FREE!
3890 Waverly Avenue, Seaford, NY 11783
Saturday, December 1st, 5 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

The Seaford Historical Society will be hosting an evening of entertainment and a tree lighting with Santa Claus.

Islip's Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
Ocean Avenue, Islip, NY 11751
Saturday, December 1st at 5 PM
Free Event

With the parade beginning at Ocean Avenue and concluding at Town Hall with a tree lighting ceremony, The Islip Chamber of Commerce's holiday celebration will be perfect for all ages.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery's Tree Lighting Ceremony
1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
516-692-6768
Saturday, December 1st at 5:30 PM
Free Admission (Suggested $10 donation per family)

Enjoy hot chocolate, tea, and cookies while watching the lighting of the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium's tree.

Bellport Village's Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
Bellport Village, Bellport, NY 11713
631-438-1713
Saturday, December 1st at 6 PM
Free Event

The Bellport Chamber of Commerce welcomes families to attend the annual lighting of the village's tree.

Massapequa's Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting at Klestinec Park - FREE!
Broadway & Michigan Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758
516-541-1443
Saturday, December 1st, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Join members of the community in celebrating the holiday season with special Christmas tree and menorah lightings at Klestinec Park in Massapequa.

Tree Lighting With Santa at Port Jefferson Train Car - FREE!
Junction of Route 347 & Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Saturday, December 1st, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Don't miss this annual event featuring the tree lighting ceremony, live music, hot chocolate, and cookies.

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

Families and invited to attend Ronkonkoma's Christmas Tree Lighting at Raynor Beach County Park.

Nesconset's Holiday Lighting Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting - FREE!
127 Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY 11767
Sunday, December 2nd, 3 PM - 4:30 PM
Free Event

Nesconset's Holiday Lighting Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting will be held at Gazebo Park.

Hampton Bays Fire Department's Christmas Tree Lighting - FREE!
69 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Sunday, December 2nd, 4 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Bring the family to the Hampton Bays Fire Department for the annual tree lighting ceremony and visit from Santa.

Holiday Tree Lighting at the Shoppes at East Wind - FREE!
5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792
631-846-2370
Sunday, December 2nd, 4 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

The Shoppes at East Wind will be celebrating the holiday season with dancing, firetrucks, and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Holiday Tree Lighting at Levittown Veterans Memorial Park - FREE!
Hempstead Turnpike & Shelter Lane, Levittown, NY 11756
516-520-8000
Monday, December 3rd, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Levittown Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Tree Lighting will feature local schools performing arts and dance studios, as well as a special visit by Santa.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum's 22nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
631-581-1002
Friday, December 7th, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Free Event

With the lighting of the tree and hot beverages, Bayard Cutting Arboretum's tree lighting event is sure to be a great evening out with the family. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or canned goods for those in need.

Planting Fields Arboretum's Tree Lighting & Santa Visit - FREE!
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8600
Friday, December 7th, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Planting Fields Arboretum will be celebrating the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa, live music, and gorgeous decorations at Coe Hall.

Orient Beach State Park's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
40000 Main Road, Orient, NY 11957
631-323-2440
Friday, December 7th at 6:30 PM
Free Event

Orient Beach State Park will host its 32nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 7th. Santa will be available for pictures and cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Moriches' Tree Lighting Ceremony at Center Square Shopping Center - FREE!
552 Montauk Highway, Center Moriches, NY 11934
631-874-3849
Friday, December 7th at 7 PM
Free Event

The Chamber of Commerce of the Moriches has announced that this year's Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held in the Center Square Shopping Center.

Menorah Lightings

As Hanukkah falls between December 2nd and December 10th 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!

Menorahcade and Giant Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Herrick Park - FREE!
86 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-0362
Sunday, December 2nd, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Free Event

Beginning at 3:30 PM with a parade from Chabad of the Hamptons, the fun will continue with a menorah lighting ceremony at Herrick Park at 4 PM.


Long Beach's Menorah Lighting at Kennedy Plaza - FREE!
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-574-3905
Sunday, December 2nd, through Sunday, December 9th, at 6 PM
Free Event

Beginning on Sunday, December 2nd, the menorah at Kennedy Plaza will be lit each night during Chanukah. The December 2nd ceremony will feature performances by Sholom Jacobs & Son Duo, as well as tasty treats and coffee.


Ronkonkoma's Menorah Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
Ronkonkoma Avenue, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11777
631-963-2796
Sunday, December 2nd, 7 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce, along with Temple B'nai Israel's Rabbi Steven Moss, will be at Raynor Beach County Park for the lighting of the town's menorah.

Massapequa's Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting at Klestinec Park - FREE!
Broadway & Michigan Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758
516-541-1443
Saturday, December 1st, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Join members of the community in celebrating the holiday season with special Christmas tree and menorah lightings at Klestinec Park in Massapequa.

Kings Park's Menorah Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
Main Street, Kings Park, NY 11754
Sunday, December 2nd at 11 AM
Free Event

Head over to Veterans Plaza in Kings Park at 11 AM on December 2nd for this year's Menorah Lighting Ceremony.

Nesconset's Holiday Lighting Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting - FREE!
127 Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY 11767
Sunday, December 2nd, 3 PM - 4:30 PM
Free Event

Nesconset's Holiday Lighting Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting will be held at Gazebo Park.

Sayville's Hanukkah Menorah Lighting - FREE!
175 North Main Street, Sayville, NY 11782
631-567-5257
Sunday, December 2nd
Free Event

The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce will hold a public ceremony to light its menorah at dusk on Sunday, December 2nd.

St. James'  Menorah Lighting Ceremony at The Triangle - FREE!
Route 25A & Lake Avenue, St. James, NY 11780
631-584-8510
Sunday, December 2nd, through Sunday, December 9th, at 5:30 PM (Friday night lighting at 4:30 PM)
Free Event

The Triangle at Lake Avenue and Moriches Road will be the place for the lighting of the St. James Menorah on each night of Chanukah.

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!

15th Annual Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's Holiday Light Show at Smith Point County Park
Fire Island Beach Road, Shirley, NY 11967
631-852-1315 (During Show Hours)
Daily, December 1st through 30th, Various Times
$20 cars / $40 mini bus / $70 coach bus

The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County and County Executive Steve Bellone have joined together to present the Girl Scouts' beloved light show for the fifteenth holiday season. This beloved holiday tradition on Long Island features plenty of incredible lights that are set up to help raise funds for local programs.

NYC Christmas Express Holiday Light Trolley Tour
480 Lexington Avenue (between 46th and 47th St.), New York, NY 10017
631-543-0908
Saturdays and Sundays, December 1st through 30th
See Event Listing For Pricing

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 Christmas carols and delicious treats. Rides are offered at both 4 PM and 9 PM each day.


East Hampton Santa Parade - FREE!
Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-0362
Saturday, December 1st, 10 AM - 11 AM
Free Event

Hosted by the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, this exciting holiday parade begins at 10 AM on Main Street and finished at Newtown Lane. Santa Claus himself will be at the parade's finish point for pictures.

Islip's Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE!
Ocean Avenue, Islip, NY 11751
Saturday, December 1st at 5 PM
Free Event

With the parade beginning at Ocean Avenue and concluding at Town Hall with a tree lighting ceremony, The Islip Chamber of Commerce's holiday celebration will be perfect for all ages.

Magic of Lights 2018 - Holiday Light Show at Jones Beach
Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Daily, December 1st through 30th, Various Times
$15 - $30 Per Car / $50 Limos / $100 Buses

Magic of Lights returns to Jones Beach for weeks of festive fun on Long Island's South Shore. The event consists of light displays spread across more than a mile of drive-thru paths.

The Riverhead Holiday Light Show at Long Island Sports Park
149 Edwards Avenue, Calverton, NY 11933
631-727-7600
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, December 1st through 29th, Various Times
$23 Per Car

The East End has received a drive-thru holiday light show of its own thanks to this year's show at Long Island Sports Park.

6th Annual Long Beach Electric Light Parade - FREE!
Ohio Avenue, Long Beach, NY 11561
Saturday, December 8th at 6:30 PM
Free Event

The City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the 6th Annual Electric Light Parade. Plenty of festive vehicles will make their way from Ohio Avenue to New York Avenue, where families will celebrate with various activities and restaurant specials.

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 Windows On The Lake
235 Lakeshore Road, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-737-0088
Sundays, December 16th & 23rd, 10 AM - 3 PM
Adults: $49.95 / Children: $21.95

Children will be able to tell Santa all about their Christmas wishes during a special brunch at Windows On The Lake in Lake Ronkonkoma. Delicious favorites will be served at a number of dining stations, including omelet and carving stations.

Santa Brunch at Long Island Aquarium
431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-208-9200
Sunday, December 16th at 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM
$23.95 - $54.95 Per Person

After enjoying a delectable brunch, families will have the opportunity to visit the freshwater and saltwater exhibits with the included aquarium admission.


Holiday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Indigo
1830 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
361-369-3325
Sundays, December 2nd through 23rd, 11 AM - 3 PM
Adults $39.95 / Kids $14.95

Every Sunday in December leading up to Christmas, Hotel Indigo in Riverhead invites families for a fun-filled brunch that will be attended by Santa Claus himself.

Sapphire Cruises' Brunch With Santa
11 Richmond Street, Freeport, NY 11520
516-623-5712
Saturday, December 1st, 11 AM - 2 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Hop aboard Sapphire Yacht Charters for a bay cruise with a delicious brunch, DJ entertainment, and meet-and-greet with Santa.

Santa Brunch at the Three Village Inn
150 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY
Saturdays and Sundays, December 2nd through 16th, at 10:30 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Featuring mouth-watering brunch and children's buffets, as well as a chef's dessert table, Mirabelle Tavern at the Three Village Inn's Santa Brunch is a great opportunity to enjoy quality time with family.

Brunch with Santa at Desmond's Restaurant
5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792
631-846-2370
Sunday, December 9th, 10 AM - 3 PM
$39.95 Per Person

Santa Claus will be at Desmond's in Wading River to greet children while families enjoy omelets, desserts, and freshly-carved meats.

Santa Brunch at Post Office Cafe
130 West Main Street, Babylon, NY 11702
Saturday, December 15th at 12 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

From the Southwestern burrito bowl to steak pasta, plenty of delicious entrees will be offered during the Post Office Cafe's Santa Brunch.

Santa Brunch at Maxwell's
501 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751
Saturday, December 15th at 12 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Whether you're looking forward to the Thai Calimari, Max breakfast skillet, or loaded breakfast burrito, all stomachs will certainly be pleased by Maxwell's brunch.

Santa Brunch at Library Cafe
274 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Sunday, December 16th at 10:30 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM
$28 Adults / $15 Children

With buttermilk pancakes, Texas-style French toast, scrambled eggs, and unlimited champagne and mimosas for the adults, a fantastic holiday brunch at the Library Cafe awaits.

Santa Brunch at Southside Bar and Restaurant
5 Third Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Sunday, December 16th at 10:30 AM
$30 Adults / $15 Children

Head over to Southside in Bay Shore for a memorable family brunch with Santa Claus on Sunday, December 16th.

Brunch with Santa at the Watermill
711 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-724-3242
Sunday, December 16th, 10:45 AM - 2 PM
$45 Adults / $25 Children

Families will be able to share a memorable brunch at Smithtown and get the opportunity to meet Santa.

New Year’s Eve Events
Bid farewell to 2018 and celebrate the arrival of 2019 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!

New Year's Eve at Terrace on the Park
52-11 111th Street, Flushing, NY 11368
718-592-5000
Monday, December 31st, 9 PM - 2 AM
$150 All Inclusive

The stunning Terrace on the Park will be hosting a New Year's Eve celebration inside its Grand Ballroom. In addition to live music by Bravo Sound and a simulcast of the Times Square ball drop, attendees will enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, and premium open bar.

New Year's Eve at Parlay Gastropub
210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-282-9909
Monday, December 31st, 9 PM - 1 AM
$80 Per Person

Ring in the New Year at Parlay Gastropub in Rockville Centre with an open bar, mouthwatering buffet, DJ entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. VIP table packages are also available.

New Year's Eve at Mesita
212B Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-282-9909
Monday, December 31st, 5 PM - 1 AM
$60 - $150 Per Person

Whether you opt for the Tequila Dinner Pairing, Premium Dinner and Open Bar Package, or General Admission to the festivities, New Year's Eve as Mesita promises lively entertainment and plenty of expertly-crafted drinks.


Fishes & Wishes – New Year’s Eve at Long Island Aquarium
431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-208-9200
Monday, December 31st, 6:30 PM - 11 PM
Adults: $99 ($89 Members) / Kids: $60 ($54.95 members)

Children and adults alike will enjoy this New Year's Eve event at the Long Island Aquarium. The evening will feature a buffet dinner, DJ and dancing, aquarium exhibits, and cash bar.

New Year's Eve at Sandbar
55 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
631-498-6188
Monday, December 31st
See Event Listing For Pricing

A special a la carte menu will be offered at Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor in honor of the arrival of 2019. Diners will enjoy dishes like roaster duck breast, NY strip steak, and roasted salmon.

New Year's Eve at the Three Village Inn
150 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY
Monday, December 31st
$65 Adults / Half-Priced for Children Under 10

Delectable appetizers, entrees, and desserts will be available during this special prix fixe New Year's dinner in Stony Brook.

Lords of Laughs - New Year's Eve Comedy Show at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-724-3700
Monday, December 31st at 8:30 PM
$95 Per Person

Laugh your way to midnight with six hilarious comics at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts.

New Year's Eve at Maxwell's
501 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751
Monday, December 31st at 9 PM
$60 Per Person

An open bar, DJ entertainment, late-night bagel bar, and champagne toast at midnight will all be included at Maxwell's holiday celebration.

New Year's Eve at Southside Bar and Restaurant
5 Third Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Monday, December 31st at 9 PM
$50 Per Person

Southside Bar and Restaurant will be offering an open bar, champagne toast, and party favors to attendees during their New Year's Eve event.

New Year's Eve at Library Cafe
274 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Monday, December 31st at 9 PM
$60 Per Person

Expertly-crafted drinks and hot/cold buffets will help to make Library Cafe's New Year's celebration a great time for Long Islanders.

New Year's Eve at Post Office Cafe
130 West Main Street, Babylon, NY 11702
Monday, December 31st at 9 PM
$60 Per Person

DJ entertainment, breakfast buffet, open bar, and a champagne toast awaits attendees to this year's New Year's celebration at the Post Office Cafe.

Billy Joel's New Year's Eve Concert at NYCB LIVE
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
1-800-745-3000
Monday, December 31st at 9:30 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Billy Joel will be helping Long Islanders ring in the new year during a special show at NYCB LIVE. Long Island's own Piano Man will have fans dancing in the aisles before 2019 arrives!

Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Monday, December 31st at 10 PM
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The Back to the Eighties Show has become a staple of weekend entertainment across the country, and with the special New Year's Eve show at The Paramount, the party is expected to be bigger than ever.

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.


9/11 Memorial Project Fundraiser at The Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Saturday, December 22nd at 6 PM
$20 Per Person

LHT and comedians Arch Schill and Chris Williamson will perform at this special fundraising event for the 9/11 Memorial Project.

Popparazzi at Butterfields
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Friday, December 14th at 9:30 PM
No Cover Charge

Butterfields in Patchogue will have Popparazzi performing to help Long Islanders rock into the weekend.


Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche, and Lucy Wainwright Roche at Landmark On Main Street
232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-1384
Sunday, December 2nd at 4 PM
$33 - $48 Per Person

Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington will be presenting a special performance by Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche, and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Enjoy a night of live entertainment at the Long Island venue.

Generation Axe at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
1-800-745-3000
Tuesday, December 4th, 8 PM - 11 PM
$49.50 - $199.50 Per Person

Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteem, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Basi will take guitar lovers on a musical odyssey through well-known favorites and rare gems.

The Mavericks at Tilles Center
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Friday, December 7th at 8 PM
$43 - $63 Per Person

The Mavericks will be performing at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. Enjoy a night of live entertainment in Brookville,

The Beach Boys “Reason for the Season Christmas Tour” at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Tuesday, December 11th at 8 PM

The Beach Boys will be heading to The Paramount in Huntington for an evening of summer favorites and holiday classics.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at NYCB LIVE
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
1-800-745-3000
Thursday, December 20th at 7:30 PM
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Trans - Siberian Orchestra will be bringing its acclaimed show, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, to NYCB LIVE right in time for the holidays.

David Glukh at Landmark on Main Street - FREE!
232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-1384
Wednesday, December 26th at 2 PM
Free Event

Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington will be presenting a special performance by David Glukh. Enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment at the Long Island venue.

Heartbreaker, 1 Wild Night, and Rock of Ages at 89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-730-8992
Saturday, December 29th at 7:30 PM
$10 - $25 Per Person

Heartbreaker, 1 Wild Night, and Rock of Ages will be performing at 89 North in Patchogue for an unmissable night of great music.

Bret Michaels “The Party Starts Now World Tour 2018” at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Saturday, December 29th at 8 PM
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Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison, will entertain Long Islanders with fan-favorites from both Poison and his solo career.

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's Holiday Manor House Tours
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
631-581-1002
Wednesdays through Sundays, December 1st through 30th, 12 PM - 1 PM
$15 Per Person

Celebrate the holiday season at Bayard Cutting Arboretum with a festive tour around the decorated Manor House. Tours are held five days a week throughout the month of December.


6th Annual Cutchogue Holiday House Tour
580 Skunk Lane, Cutchogue, NY 11935
631-734-8282 ext 4
Saturday, December 8th, 11 AM - 3:30 PM
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There's nothing quite like experiencing the magic of the holiday season during the annual Cutchogue Holiday House Tour. Self-guided tours will take participants through incredible homes while enjoying exquisite local wines and holiday desserts.


Three Village Historical Society's 40th Annual Candlelight House Tour
Various Homes, Setauket, NY 11733
631-751-3730
Saturday, December 1st, 8:30 AM - 4 PM
$40 - $70 Per Person

Local homes will be on display during this holiday tour around Setauket. Breakfast will be served prior to the start of the tour.

Holiday House Tours at Connetquot River State Park Preserve
3525 Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-581-1072
Sunday, December 2nd, 1 PM - 2 PM
$8.00 Fee for Tour (No Parking Fee)

The Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club will be decorated with a number of holiday-themed trees.

The Historical Society of Islip Hamlet's 25th Annual Holiday House Tour
469 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751
631-245-0675
Sunday, December 2nd, 12 PM - 5 PM
$25 - $30 Per Person

Those participating in this year's Holiday House Tour around Islip will enjoy stunning local homes decked out for the holiday season. Unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots, so be sure to help spread the joy!

"Christmas with the First Ladies" - Holiday House Tours at Sagtikos Manor
Montauk Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-321-6809
Saturday, December 8th, and Sunday, December 9th, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
$25 Adults ($30 Day of Event) / $20 Seniors & Students / $8 Children

This White House tradition, which includes countless eye-catching decorations, will be presented by Sagtikos Manor on December 8th and 9th. Tours are held every 15 minutes.

East Hampton Village's Annual Tour of Historic Inns and Places - FREE!
94 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-0362
Saturday, December 8th, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce's self-guided tour kicks off at The Huntting Inn and takes participants to many of East Hampton's most renowned destinations.

Oysterponds Historical Society's Holiday House Tour
1555 Village Lane, Orient, NY 11957
631-323-2480
Saturday, December 8th, 12 PM - 4 PM
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Oysterponds Historical Society will be hosting a special tour of beautifully decorated homes throughout Orient and East Marion.

Long Beach Island Landmarks Association's Candlelight House Tour
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-574-3212
Saturday, December 15th at 2 PM
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Participants of this year's Candlelight House Tour will take a trolley through the Red Brick Street District and visit homes decorated for the holiday season.

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.

My Christmas Elf - The Musical at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-218-2810
Saturdays, December 1st through 22nd, at 11 AM
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Children will be able to go on a magical journey with Mittens as he learns all about what really matters about the spirit of the Christmas.

A Magical Cirque Christmas at NYCB LIVE
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
1-800-745-3000
Friday, December 14th at 7:30 PM
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This absolutely mesmerizing holiday show will dazzle audiences with incredible visuals, stunning performances, and live musicians.

A Reading of A Christmas Carol at Cathedral of the Incarnation - FREE!
50 Cathedral Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
516-877-4000
Saturday, December 15th at 11 AM
Free Event

Charles Dickens' iconic story will be brought to life in a way that would have made it a smash hit on the radio in the first half of the 20th century.

Desert Highway Band - Eagles Christmas at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-724-3700
Saturday, December 15th at 8 PM
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This special performance by Desert Highway, the acclaimed Eagles tribute, will include plenty of musical surprises.

American Dance Theatre of LI's The Nutcracker at Van Nostrand Theater
1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY 11717
631-472-3455
Saturday, December 15th, and Sunday, December 16th, 7 PM - 9 PM
$20 - $25 Per Person

American Dance Theatre of Long Island has been presenting The Nutcracker for almost two decades, which will be more than evident at the pair of these expertly-staged shows at Suffolk County Community College.

Ohman's New York Dance Theatre's The Nutcracker at John Cranford Adams Playhouse
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11550
631-462-6266
Saturday, December 15th, and Sunday, December 16th
$32 - $42 Per Person

Returning for its 37th season, Ohman's New York Dance Theatre's The Nutcracker is a memorable staging of the iconic show with incredibly talented performers.

Madison Theatre's 6th Annual Holiday Spectacular
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-323-4444
Saturday, December 15th, and Sunday, December 16th
$35 - $45 Per Person

Celebrate the holiday season at Molloy College in Rockville Centre with this engaging show filled with beloved tunes and new favorites.

Eglevsky Ballet in The Nutcracker at Tilles Center
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Saturday, December 15th at 5 PM
$48 - $78 Per Person

The Eglevsky Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. Enjoy a night of live entertainment in Brookville.


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Photos

  • A gorgeous display at Planting Fields Arboretum! Photo by: Brian Re

  • Commack residents really know how to decorate fo the holidays! Photo by: Ralph

  • Snow begins to fall in Huntington! Photo by: Brian Re

  • Nothing welcomes the winter in like a snowman! Photo by: klimkin

  • Helping Hands bringing some holiday cheer to children! Photo by: Helping Hands

  • The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's spectacular light show! Photo by: LongIsland.com

  • Adorable babies of police officers at the Nassau University Medical Center! Photo by: NCPD Paramedics Association