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Long Island Puppet Theatre owner Roman Valdes reopened (Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Long Island Puppet Theatre owner Roman Valdes reopened the facility with a staging of "The Nutcracker Spectacular." (Dec. 23, 2011)

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It's the time of year for everything from holiday tree and Menorah lightings to visits from Santa and decorated houses. Click here to send in your photos.

The Long Island Puppet Theatre in Hicksville reopened
(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

The Long Island Puppet Theatre in Hicksville reopened Dec. 10 with a production of "The Nutcracker Spectacular." (Dec. 23, 2011)

Long Island Puppet Theatre owner Roman Valdes reopened
(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Long Island Puppet Theatre owner Roman Valdes reopened the facility with a staging of "The Nutcracker Spectacular." (Dec. 23, 2011)

The Long Island Puppet Theatre in Hicksville reopened
(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

The Long Island Puppet Theatre in Hicksville reopened Dec. 10 with a production of "The Nutcracker Spectacular." (Dec. 23, 2011)

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Meredith Rubinfeld, of Merrick, lights her menorah along
(Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)

Meredith Rubinfeld, of Merrick, lights her menorah along with her son Michael, 12, her husband, Edward, and her daughter, Corrie, 9, as the Merrick Jewish Centre sought to break the world record for most menorahs lit at once, lighting 782, on Wednesday. (Dec. 21, 2011)

Andrea Lehrfeld, left, of Merrick, attends to her
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Andrea Lehrfeld, left, of Merrick, attends to her menorah along with her two sons, Justin, 7, and Jason, 10, as the Merrick Jewish Centre sought to break the world record for most menorahs lit at once, lighting 782, on Wednesday. (Dec. 21, 2011)

Tanya Bacchus, of Great Neck, explains to children
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Tanya Bacchus, of Great Neck, explains to children the values of Kwanzaa at the Long Island Children's Museum. (Dec. 27, 2011)

Brother Fraser of Brentwood, plays the drum during
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Brother Fraser of Brentwood, plays the drum during the ceremony. Norman Daniels, coordinator of multicultural affairs at Suffolk County Community College, leads discussion on this unique American holiday and presents songs, music, poetry and dancing associated with Kwanzaa at the Brentwood Public Library. (Dec. 11, 2011)

Storyteller April Armstrong, of Riverdale, the Bronx, tells
(Credit: Ursula Moore)

Storyteller April Armstrong, of Riverdale, the Bronx, tells the story of Kwanzaa at the Freeport Public Library. (Dec. 18, 2011)

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Living Water Full Gospel Church members Jayden Binkis,
(Credit: Erin Geismar)

Living Water Full Gospel Church members Jayden Binkis, Donna Cortese and Delaney Moore play snowmen during the song "Winter Wonderland," at the Riverhead church's annual Christmas pageant, "The Wonder of Christmas." (Dec. 18, 2011)

Living Water Full Gospel Church member Joel Dupree
(Credit: Erin Geismar)

Living Water Full Gospel Church member Joel Dupree plays Santa Claus during the Riverhead church's annual Christmas pageant, "The Wonder of Christmas." (Dec. 18, 2011)

Jayden Binkis, left, and Dreanne Joseph, members of
(Credit: Erin Geismar)

Jayden Binkis, left, and Dreanne Joseph, members of the Living Water Full Gospel Church children's choir, perform at the Riverhead church's annual Christmas pageant, "The Wonder of Christmas." (Dec. 18, 2011)

Brayden Kelly, 20 months, left, and Luca Gallina,
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Brayden Kelly, 20 months, left, and Luca Gallina, 19 months, right, receive presents from Santa. The Levittown Volunteer Fire Department brought Santa to see children on Saturday. (Dec. 17, 2011)

The Levittown Volunteer Fire Department makes a stop
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

The Levittown Volunteer Fire Department makes a stop to see children with Santa Claus. (Dec. 17, 2011)

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Lexi Sdunzig, 5, of Mastic, poses for a
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Lexi Sdunzig, 5, of Mastic, poses for a picture with Santa Claus at the Living Water Full Gospel Church's annual Christmas pageant, "The Wonder of Christmas," in Riverhead. (Dec. 18, 2011)

Brayden Kelly, 20 months, is amazed by Santa.
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Brayden Kelly, 20 months, is amazed by Santa. The Levittown Volunteer Fire Department makes a stop to see children. (Dec. 17, 2011)

Leah Caruso, 7, left, and her sister, Sarah,
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Leah Caruso, 7, left, and her sister, Sarah, 12, right, receive gifts from Santa. The Levittown Volunteer Fire Department makes a stop to see children with Santa Claus. (Dec. 17, 2011)

The Levittown Volunteer Fire Department makes a stop
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

The Levittown Volunteer Fire Department makes a stop to see children with Santa Claus. (Dec. 17, 2011)

A group of Santas poses at the inaugural
(Credit: Mike Cusanelli)

A group of Santas poses at the inaugural Long Island SantaCon in Bayville. (Dec. 17, 2011)

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Santa Claus took pictures with children at the
(Credit: Mike Cusanelli)

Santa Claus took pictures with children at the inaugural SantaCon in Bayville. (Dec. 17, 2011)

James Horan, left, and his brother, Michael Horan,
(Credit: Mike Cusanelli)

James Horan, left, and his brother, Michael Horan, both of Queens celebrated the holiday season with some drinks at the inaugural SantaCon in Bayville. (Dec. 17, 2011)

A volunteer at the Moriches Community Center helps
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

A volunteer at the Moriches Community Center helps wrap and decorate gifts to be given out to families in need as part of the Santa's Workshop program. (Dec. 17, 2011)

Jason Albert (center), 18, of Center Moriches, helps
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

Jason Albert (center), 18, of Center Moriches, helps kids fill out Christmas cards for families in need as part of the Santa's Workshop program. (Dec. 17, 2011)

Anthony Parlato (center), co-executive director of the Moriches
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Anthony Parlato (center), co-executive director of the Moriches Community Center, fills out a card to be given to a family in need as part of the Santa's Workshop program. (Dec. 17, 2011)

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As part of the Santa's workshop program, volunteers
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As part of the Santa's workshop program, volunteers from the Moriches Community Center filled out cards for families in need. (Dec. 17, 2011)

A child helps the Moriches Community Center wrap
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

A child helps the Moriches Community Center wrap gifts as part of the Santa's Workshop program, which donates gifts to families in need. (Dec. 17, 2011)

A child sits on the floor of the
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

A child sits on the floor of the Center Moriches Clayton Huey Elementary School gymnasium and wraps presents for the Santa's Workshop program, which donates gifts to families in need. (Dec. 17, 2011)

Danielle and Arthur Giove, and their children Madison,
(Credit: Erin Geismar)

Danielle and Arthur Giove, and their children Madison, 5, and Dylan, 1, at their house in Coram, where they install a musical holiday light display that attracts crowds. (Dec. 14, 2011)

Arthur Giove, of Coram, creates a musical holiday
(Credit: Erin Geismar)

Arthur Giove, of Coram, creates a musical holiday light display at his house every year. (Dec. 14, 2011)

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Children from East Hills form a Conga line
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Children from East Hills form a Conga line at the first Kids in the Park Holiday Party. (Dec. 11, 2011)

Dean Ratner, 7, catches several balloons on at
(Credit: Ann Luk)

Dean Ratner, 7, catches several balloons on at the Kids in the Park Holiday Party in East Hills. (Dec. 11, 2011)

Children from East Hills play limbo on at
(Credit: Ann Luk)

Children from East Hills play limbo on at the first Kids in the Park Holiday Party. (Dec. 11, 2011)

Children from East Hills celebrate the holiday season
(Credit: Ann Luk)

Children from East Hills celebrate the holiday season together at the first Kids in the Park Holiday Party. (Dec. 11, 2011)

Alex Brandoff, 5, dances with friends at the
(Credit: Ann Luk)

Alex Brandoff, 5, dances with friends at the first Kids in the Park Holiday Party. (Dec. 11, 2011)

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The Brownie Troop of Center Moriches march down
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The Brownie Troop of Center Moriches march down Main Street in Center Moriches during the annual Center Moriches Fire Department Parade of Lights dressed as presents. (Dec. 10, 2011)

The girls of the Brownie Troop 1798 march
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The girls of the Brownie Troop 1798 march down Main Street in Center Moriches during the annual Center Moriches Fire Department Parade of Lights. (Dec. 10, 2011)

The Girl Scout Troop 1865 march down Main
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The Girl Scout Troop 1865 march down Main Street in Center Moriches singing "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,"during the annual Center Moriches Fire Department Parade of Lights. (Dec. 10, 2011)

The members of the Den 12 ride down
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The members of the Den 12 ride down Main Street in Center Moriches on their Creative Elves Toy Shop float during the annual Center Moriches Fire Department Parade of Lights. (Dec. 10, 2011)

A USA float makes its way down Main
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

A USA float makes its way down Main Street in Center Moriches during the annual Center Moriches Fire Department Parade of Lights. (Dec. 10, 2011)

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The East Moriches Community Ambulance float makes its
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

The East Moriches Community Ambulance float makes its way down Main Street in Center Moriches during the annual Center Moriches Fire Department Parade of Lights. (Dec. 10, 2011)

The girls of Barbara Rocco Dance and Tumbling
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

The girls of Barbara Rocco Dance and Tumbling march down Main Street in Center Moriches during the annual Center Moriches Fire Department Parade of Lights. (Dec. 10, 2011)

A holiday float makes its way down Main
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

A holiday float makes its way down Main Street in Center Moriches during the annual Center Moriches Fire Department Parade of Lights. (Dec. 10, 2011)

Christian Casaburro, 8 and his brother Nicolas, 6,
(Credit: Alexi Knock)

Christian Casaburro, 8 and his brother Nicolas, 6, chatted with Santa at the 12th annual holiday bonfire in Riverhead. (Dec. 10, 2011)

An 8-feet Menorah was displayed at the 12th
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An 8-feet Menorah was displayed at the 12th annual holiday bonfire in Riverhead at the Peconic Riverfront. (Dec. 10, 2011)

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Santa greeted visitors at the 12th annual holiday
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Santa greeted visitors at the 12th annual holiday bonfire at the Peconic Riverfront in Riverhead. (Dec. 10, 2011)

Santa Claus arrived on a decorated boat to
(Credit: Alexi Knock)

Santa Claus arrived on a decorated boat to the Town of Riverhead's 12th annual holiday bonfire. (Dec. 10, 2011)

This was the first year a gingerbread house
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This was the first year a gingerbread house was featured at the 12th annual holiday bonfire in Riverhead. (Dec. 10, 2011)

The Baker's Workshop donated free cupcakes to visitors
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The Baker's Workshop donated free cupcakes to visitors at the 12th annual holiday bonfire in Riverhead. (Dec. 10, 2011)

Visitors warmed up by the huge fire in
(Credit: Alexi Knock)

Visitors warmed up by the huge fire in Riverhead during its 12th annual holiday bonfire. (Dec. 10, 2011)

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Visitors warmed up by the huge fire at
(Credit: Alexi Knock)

Visitors warmed up by the huge fire at the Peconic Riverfront during the 12th annual holiday bonfire in Riverhead. (Dec. 10, 2011)

Volunteers served free hot cocoa at the 12th
(Credit: Alexi Knock)

Volunteers served free hot cocoa at the 12th annual holiday bonfire in Riverhead. (Dec. 10, 2011)

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