Santa has set up shop at Long Island malls, with photo packages available for purchase. He's also to be found in parades, at tree lightings and other holiday venues.
And, if you want to write a letter to Santa, the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums will forward letters to the North Pole until Dec. 15.
Letters received by that date with a legible name and return address will be answered by Santa before the holiday.
Letters should be dropped off in mailboxes at any of the county parks. No postage necessary.
For more information, call 516-572-0200 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., or visit nassaucountyny.gov/parks.
WESTFIELD SOUTH SHORE MALL, 1701 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore, westfield.com/southshore Daily through Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays.
ROOSEVELT FIELD, 630 Old Country Rd., East Garden City, simon.com/mall/roosevelt-field Through Dec. 24. Check website for specific times. On Dec. 7, bring your pets in to pose with Santa.
BROADWAY MALL, Route 106/107, Hicksville, broadwaymall.com Daily through Dec. 24 in the Ikea wing. Every Tuesday through Dec. 18 from 6-9 p.m. is Paws and Claus Night, when you can take your pets to get pictures with Santa.
WALT WHITMAN SHOPS, 160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, simon.com/mall/walt-whitman-shops Daily through Dec. 24, check website for times. On Dec. 7, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., the Caring Santa event is for children with special needs to visit Santa in a subdued environment. On Nov. 23, and Dec. 7, there will be Pet Night with Santa from 7 to 8 p.m.
SMITH HAVEN MALL, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, simon.com/mall/smith-haven-mall Daily through Dec. 24, check website for hours. On Dec. 7, Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs; registration is required. On Nov. 30 and Dec. 14, bring your pet for a photo with Santa from 7 to 8 p.m.
WESTFIELD SUNRISE MALL, Massapequa, westfield.com/sunrise, Visit Old St. Nick daily through Dec. 24 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
GREEN ACRES MALL, Valley Stream, greenacresmallonline.com Daily through Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-7 p.m. on Sundays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. On Dec. 1, 8, and 15, bring your cat or dog for a picture with Santa from 7-8 p.m.
Other Santa appearances:
WHITE POST FARMS, 250 Old Country Rd., Melville, whitepostfarms.com, $15 Santa will be at the farm on weekends Nov. 28 through Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission includes a meeting with Santa and a visit to the animal farm and aviary.
JONES BEACH HOLIDAY LIGHT SPECTACULAR, Jones Beach State Park, 2400 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, seetheholidaylights.com Two-and-half-mile light show with 150 displays featuring whimsical characters and displays created by local schools. There is also a heated holiday village, where children can take pictures with Santa through Dec. 23. Warm up with refreshments and snacks and listen to Christmas carols. Show begins at dusk. Check website for details, $20 per car Monday-Thursday, $25 Friday-Sunday, 5-11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 5-10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays.
HICKS NURSERIES, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury, 516-334-0066, hicksnurseries.com Take a walk through the animated Christmas holiday story daily through Dec. 23, with the arrival of Santa Claus Nov. 28-Dec. 23. Bring your camera for photos. Children can mail a letter to Santa in the special North Pole mailbox and get a response. Visit with the live reindeer Nov. 29-Dec. 23. Music on the weekends. Holiday store hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and until 8 p.m. on Sundays. Donations of nonperishable food items for Long Island Cares requested, free.
CANDLELIGHT HOLIDAY TOUR, Southold Historical Society, Main Road and Maple Lane P.O. Box 1, Southold, 631-765-5500, southoldhistoricalsociety.org Candlelight tour at the museum grounds on the Main Road opposite the Firehouse. All buildings will be decorated for the holiday season and open to the public. Farm and home craft demonstrations will take place in the various buildings, strolling musicians will be on the grounds. Santa will be visiting and refreshments served. Tree lighting at 5 p.m., donations accepted, 3-6 p.m. Nov. 28.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION, South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, 631-909-8241, southbaychurchli.org Kickoff to the Christmas season with a tree-lighting ceremony, free hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, photos with Santa and the Grinch. Rain or shine, free, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 29.
HOLIDAY PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, Huntington, 631-351-3000 Parade gathers on New York Avenue by the Big H Shopping Center, and moves north on New York Avenue to Main Street, then West on Main Street ending at West Neck Road. After the parade, there is a holiday festival on Wall Street, where there is a tree-lighting ceremony and children can meet Santa and have a picture taken, parents bring a camera, Free, 7 p.m. Nov. 29.
VILLAGE TREE AND MENORAH LIGHTING, Massapequa Park Village Hall, 151 Front St., Massapequa, 516-798-0244, ci.massapequa-park.ny.us Lighting of the village Christmas tree and menorah, with entertainment at the Showmobile and an appearance by Santa, free, 5 p.m. Nov. 29.
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS, Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society and Museums, Main Road and Cardinal Drive, Mattituck, 631-298-8431, mlhistoricalsociety.org Enjoy a Victorian Christmas on the grounds of the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society. Festivities include tours of the Tuthill Museum. Santa will be in the museum for children from 1-4 p.m. Annual tree lighting and refreshments in the New Egypt Schoolhouse at 5 p.m., free, 1-5:30 p.m. Nov. 29.
DEES NURSERY & FLORIST, 69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside, deesnursery.com, Pictures with Santa every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28. Photo packages are available for purchase, cameras are welcome.
CHRISTMAS IN PATCHOGUE, In recognition of Small Business Saturday, local businesses host various sales and discounts all day to shoppers in the village on Nov. 29. Carolers and live music filter up and down Main Street; a holiday parade begins at 5 p.m. on Main Street from West Avenue to Rider Avenue. The Postal Service will be there to accept letters to Santa. Visit Santa at the Capital One Bank once the parade has ended, free, Nov. 29.
SANTA PARADE, Port Jefferson, 631-473-1414, portjeffchamber.com The Long Island Street Rods usher Santa down Main Street in a parade hosted by the Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. Bring a camera for a photo-op in Santa's workshop at the historical Drowned Meadow Cottage on the corner of Barnum and Route 25A., free, 3 p.m. Nov. 29.
HOLIDAY PARADE AND MIRACLE ON MAIN, Sayville, 631-567-5257, greatersayvillechamber.com Hosted by the Sayville Chamber of Commerce, a holiday parade will kick off the festivities along Main Street. Stores will be offering holiday cheer with refreshments and entertainment. Santa's workshop will offer interactive events for children. Characters actors will be walking around the village in attire from the Charles Dickens-era, model trains will be on display, shows with marionette puppets, ice carvings, and more. Miracle on Main runs from 4-9 p.m., where you can see live reindeer, hear a hand bell choir, take part in a gingerbread contest, view a large-scale holiday model train layout in operation. An outdoor movie screen will be set up to show Christmas movies and a candlelight tree lighting will cap off the night. Rain or shine, free, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 29.
CHRISTMAS AT THE LIGHTHOUSE, Montauk Point Lighthouse, 2000 Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 631-668-2428, montauklighthouse.com Featuring hot cider and snacks, holiday shopping at the gift shop, pony rides, and pictures with Santa, rain date is Dec. 7, free, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30.
SHELTER ISLAND TREE LIGHTING AND COOKIES, Shelter Island, 877-893-2290, shelterislandchamber.org Tree lighting at the Town Circle, followed by cookies with Santa Claus in the American Legion, located 281 School St., Free, 6 p.m. Dec. 3.
PORT HOLIDAY MAGIC, Port Washington, 516-883-6566 More than 60 merchants along Main Street host shoppertainment with holiday treats, in-store entertainment, refreshments, discounts and holiday specials. Outdoor entertainment includes with strolling entertainment, carolers, jugglers, face painters, balloon artist and more. Santa and his elves are available for photo opportunities so bring your camera. The town provides a free trolley for shoppers, free, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 4.
BABYLON VILLAGE'S OLD FASHIONED NIGHT OF SHOPPING, Main Street, Babylon, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 5, featuring carolers, hot chocolate and cookies at many downtown stores, along with a visit from Santa Claus. If you need a break from shopping, stop by the Nathaniel Conklin House, 280 Deer Park Ave. in Babylon, for an informal tour of the home. The first floor is festively decorated. Refreshments are available to all visitors. Tours run 6-9 p.m. The Babylon Village's tree lighting is 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Argyle Lake Park. The Babylon Village Historical and Preservation Society at 153 W Main St. hosts a social with wassail bowl, from 3-5 p.m. a traditional holiday beverage available with and without alcohol, 5-9 p.m., rain date Dec. 12.
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hwy. (Rte. 27A), Great River, 631-581-1002, bayardcuttingarboretum.com Features a sing-along of traditional holiday carols, Santa will be available for photo opportunities from 6-7:30 p.m., hot beverages and activities, bring canned goods or a new unwrapped toy for donation to those in need, free, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
BABYLON HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, Babylon Town Hall Park, 200 E. Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst, 631-957-3000, townofbabylon.com Babylon holiday tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, gifts for children, costumed characters, musical entertainment, and refreshments, free, 7 p.m. Dec. 5.
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, Orient Beach State Park, Route 25, Orient, 631-323-2440, nysparks.com/parks Lighting of tree will be done by Santa, features traditional holiday music performed by children of Oyster Bay Elementary School. Santa will be handing out candy canes and be available for photos, so bring your camera. Refreshments will be served and donations of canned nonperishable food items and clean winter coats for the less fortunate will be accepted, free, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5
AMITYVILLE TREE LIGHTING, Amityville, 631-264-6000 Carols, hot cocoa, candy canes, Santa Claus on a sleigh pulled by the fire department, and an opportunity for pictures with Santa, bring a camera, village gazebo located at Park Avenue and Route 110, free, 5 p.m. Dec. 6.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, American Legion Post 94, 22 Grove Place, Babylon, 631-478-2480 Featuring crafts, and something from Santa, $5, free for children up to 12, 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 6. SNOWFLAKE AND BAKE SALE, Bay Shore Historical Society Gibson-Mack-Holt House, 22 Maple Ave., Bay Shore, 631-665-1707, bayshorehistoricalsociety.org The event will feature baked goods donated by members, collectibles and goodies from the 1820s Shoppe, and a visit from a Victorian Santa so bring your camera, free, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6.
WINTERFEST, Bellport Village, Bellport Lane, Bellport, 631-307-2557, bellportchamber.com Featuring children's activities, tree decorating, Santa arrives on an antique fire engine, photo opportunities with Santa and the Christmas parade of lights starting at the Bellport Fire Department, moving west on South Country Road, turning left onto Bellport Lane and ending at the gazebo, free, 3 p.m. Dec. 6.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, 516-692-6768, cshfha.org Santa will light the Hatchery Christmas tree and be available for photo opportunities; cookies, hot chocolate, tea, general admission, 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 6.
CHRISTMAS FAIR, Community Presbyterian Church, 1843 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park, 631-242-0221, communitypresbyteriandeerpark.com Features baked goods, crafts, Santa and more, Free, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6.
TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY, St. Luke's, 145 Prospect St., Farmingdale, 516-249-1220, stlukesfarmingdale.org Featuring Santa, crafts, cookies, make gingerbread ornaments, wreaths, candles and more, tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m., free, 4 p.m. Dec. 6
.RAILROAD MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE WITH SANTA, Railroad Museum of Long Island, 440 Fourth St. at the tracks, Greenport, 631-477-0439, RMLI.org Featuring a visit with Santa, and a model train set raffle, gifts for girls and boys, and refreshments, Santa arrives at noon, free, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 7.
SANTA VISITS VILLAGE HALL, Island Park, 516-431-0600, villageofislandpark.com Santa will be at village hall for photos and to hand out goodie bags and hot chocolate to the children, 127 Long Beach Rd., free, 2 p.m. Dec. 6.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, Islandia Village Hall, 1100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia, 631-348-1133, newvillageofislandia.com Christmas festival with hot chocolate, candy canes, cookies, a visit with Santa under a heated tent, bring a camera for pictures, and a tree lighting at 5 p.m., free, 4 p.m. Dec. 6.
MERRY ON MAIN, Islip Town Hall West, 401 Main St., Islip, 631-224-5405 Features a craft fair, photo opportunities with Santa, holiday movie screenings and gingerbread competition, family skating and other activities, Free, noon-6 p.m. Dec. 6.
THE FESTIVAL OF TREES AND LIGHTS, Sachem North High School, 212 Smith Rd., Lake Ronkonkoma, 631-848-4855, sachem.edu Sponsored by the Fathers Club and put on by the students of Sachem North High School. The students put on a toy drive. Picture with Santa, food, entertainment and holiday shopping, vendors of all kinds, $2 or free with a toy donation, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6, 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7.
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE, First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, 474 Wantagh Ave, Levittown, 516-731-3808, levitfpc.org Meet Santa, Elsa and Anna from Frozen for photo opportunities, features food and shopping, free, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6.
THE LIGHTING OF MALVERNE, Malverne, 516-599-1200, malvernevillage.org Featuring holiday storytime, holiday parade with Santa and the Elves, face painting, ice sculptures, village tree lighting at the fountain, Frosty's Wonderland Danceland, hay rides, horse and buggy rides, and live entertainment, all along Hempstead Avenue, free admission; fee for some events, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6.
BELMONT LAKE STATE PARK TREE LIGHTING, Exit 38, Southern State Parkway, North Babylon, 631-667-5055, nysparks.com Family tree-lighting event offering local school chorus, holiday displays, ice-sculpting demonstration, magic show, balloon twisting, juggling act, a visit by Santa Claus and fireworks, and the lighting of the tree occurs around 5 p.m., free, 4:15 p.m. Dec. 6.
FIRST NIGHT AND TREE LIGHTING AT OLD WESTBURY GARDENS, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, 516-333-0048, ext. Ext., ext. 301, oldwestburygardens.org The Westbury House holiday festivities featuring live holiday music, a performance by members of the Bethel Concert Choir, a visit by Santa Claus, a tree lighting ceremony at 8:15 p.m., and light refreshments, advance registration required, $10, $5 for children (3-12 years), 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 6.
HOLIDAY FAIR, Southold Town Recreation Center, 970 Peconic Lane, Peconic, 631-765-5500, southoldtown.northfork.net/recreation_center.htm Features holiday gifts, cards, face painting, a craft room, a model train display by The Railroad Museum of Long Island, Santa, raffles and more, presented by The Southold Historical Society, Free, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6.
COOKIE WALK AND CHRISTMAS FAIR, First United Methodist Church of Port Jefferson, 603 Main St., Port Jefferson, 631-473-0517, firstumcportjefferson.com Features homemade Christmas cookies, Christmas items, crafts, baked goods, knitting, a country store, refreshments, Santa and Mrs. Claus are available for photos, so bring your camera, rain or shine, free, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6.
VISIT FROM SANTA, Longwood Estate, Longwood and Smith Roads, Ridge, 631-924-1820, brookhaven.org/Departments/ParksRecreation/LongwoodEstate.aspx Santa will be set up in the main parlor of the house, the house will be decorated for the holiday with the train set on display, free hot chocolate and a craft to take home. Have a picture taken on Santa's lap, parents bring a camera. Donations of unwrapped toys accepted, register, $2 for children, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6.
PET PHOTO WITH SANTA CLAUS, Talmage Farm Agway, 1122 Osborne Ave., Riverhead, 631-727-3100, TalmageFarm.com All pets are welcome. Dogs and cats, but we also horses, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, skunk, pet chickens and more., Free, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6.
CHRISTMAS AT MEADOW CROFT, Meadow Croft, 299 Middle Rd., Sayville, 631-363-6487, bayportheritage.blogspot.com Christmas at Meadow Croft, the 1891 estate of John E. Roosevelt. The house will be decorated in a Victorian / Edwardian motif. Exhibits will be on display, St. Nicholas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, will be there. Not suitable for children under 4 years of age., $5 adult, $3 seniors and children 4-11, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 7.
CHRISTMAS FAIR, St. William the Abbot, 2000 Jackson Ave., Seaford, 516-785-1266, stwilliam.org Features wreaths, baked goods, hot and cold food, raffles, 50/50 and more, Santa will also be available, held in the Msgr. Thomas G. Leavey auditorium, Free, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7.
HERITAGE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, Smithtown Historical Society, 239 Middle Country Rd., Smithtown, 631-265-6768, smithtownhistorical.org Listen to live bluegrass, brass and traditional Colonial music while visiting the Judge J. Lawrence Smith Homestead, Epenetus Smith Tavern and Frank Brush Barn. Entertainment includes a hay ride (weather permitting), traditional shadow puppet show, Lionel trains in motion and Victorian craft making. Santa makes an appearance from 4 to 6 p.m. and families can gather by a bonfire for some caroling with Civil War soldiers, $5, $3 children, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6.
DEEPWELLS FARM CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, Deepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Road, St. James, 631-584-8510, stjameschamber.org Featuring Entertainment, best tree contest, bike raffle, refreshments and Santa Claus, all are invited, held on the great lawn, Free, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6.
WESTHAMPTON BEACH HOLIDAY WINTERFEST, 631-288-3337, whbcc.org WinterFest featuring holiday movies for children beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Twin Cinema (2 Brook Rd), then at noon on Main Street there will be children activities, craft stations, holiday treat stations and shopping discounts, Santa will be at the Gazebo for photo opportunities, and story time with Mrs. Claus begins at 3 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach Library (7 Library Ave.), free, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6.
TREE LIGHTING, The Maidstone, 207 Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-5006, careofhotels.com / maidstone Tree-lighting event will feature live holiday music, visits with Santa for photo opportunities, cookie decorating, holiday refreshments and a toy drive. A Swedish Holiday menu will be available after the tree lighting, $42 per person for dinner, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 7.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Carlyle on the Green, 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd. Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, 516-501-9700, carlylecatering.com Includes a breakfast buffet, omelets, waffles, cookies, ice cream sundaes and complimentary photos with Santa, reserve, $28, $15 for ages 12 and under, 9 a.m., 11 a.m. Dec. 7.
GARDEN CITY HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, 516-746-7724, gardencitychamber.org Featuring the Fivestone Band, the Garden City High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble singing holiday tunes, and Santa Claus. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served, held at the gazebo on the village green located on the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues, free, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 800 Portion Rd., Lake Ronkonkoma, 631-846-9823 Features crafts, baked goods, raffles, refreshments and pictures with Santa and his elves, free, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7.
HOLIDAY GREETINGS, Massapequa Park Village Hall, 151 Front St., Massapequa, 516-798-0244, ci.massapequa-park.ny.us Santa will be at Village Hall for pictures with musical entertainment by Massapequa school district students, parents bring a camera, free, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 7.
PORT WASHINGTON CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, Blumenfeld Family Park, Main Street, Port Washington, 516-883-7849, northhempsteadny.gov Live nativity, community singing, refreshments and a visit from Santa, so bring your camera for photo opportunities, free, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA AND HOLIDAY SOCIAL, Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-727-5731, ext. 1, marthaclaravineyards.com Pets pose for portraits with Santa with photographer Kathleen O'Donnell (families welcomed also), presented by Kent Animal Shelter, $10 minimum donation per photo, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7.
THE LIONS CLUB OF RIVERHEAD CHRISTMAS PARADE AND ASSEMBLY, Downtown Riverhead, Main Street and along Peconic River, Riverhead, The Lions Club of Riverhead hosts the Christmas Parade and Assembly. The parade, led by Santa, kicks off on Osborne Avenue and ends in the Peconic Riverfront parking lot with a holiday gathering that continues until 3 p.m. Children get a chance to visit with Santa and receive a treat. Rain date is Dec. 14., free, 1 p.m. Dec. 7.
HOLIDAY TALES AT THE HEARTH, Sands Point Preserve (Castle Gould, Hempstead House and Falaise), 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, 516-571-7900, thesandspointpreserve.com Carolers, children's crafts, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, stories by the fireplace, and refreshments, held at the Hempstead House, $10 per car, noon-3 p.m. Dec. 7.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, Smithtown Library Smithtown Branch, 1 N. Country Rd., Smithtown, 631-544-6500 The Rotary Club of Smithtown holds its annual tree lighting ceremony (4:30 p.m.) with carolers "All Good Friends," hot chocolate, WALK 97.5 and entertainment, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 on Main Street in front of the Smithtown Library. Santa Claus rides on a Smithtown Fire Department truck and hands out candy canes, and then continues on to the Smithtown Historical Society's Frank Brush Barn, where festivities continue with hot chocolate, entertainment and one free raffle per person for holiday gifts, free, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL, Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street on the harbor, Stony Brook, 631-751-2244, stonybrookvillage.com Features the Promenade of Trees with more than 60 decorated trees and Santa's arrival at 2 p.m. by horse drawn carriage, carolers, live music, petting zoo, model trains, tree lighting at 5:30 p.m., presented by The Ward Melville Heritage Organization, free, 1-6 p.m. Dec. 7.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS, West Islip Fire Department, 309 Union Blvd., West Islip, 631-669-7202, westislipfd.com Featuring breakfast, pictures with Santa, face painting, balloons and more. Every non-expired food item that you donate will receive a ticket into a lottery tree raffle, $10, $8 seniors, children under 7 free, 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 7.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, Williston Park, NY, Williston Park, 516-746-2193, villageofwillistonpark.org Tree-lighting ceremony, with Christmas carols sung by a local school group, Santa will arrive by fire truck, Santa will be available for pictures and give treats to all the children, hot chocolate and cookies will also be served, free, 5 p.m. Dec. 7.
TREE LIGHTING AND VISIT FROM SANTA, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, 516-922-8678, plantingfields.org Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. with madrigal singers, hot cocoa, refreshments, self-guided visits around the decorated Coe Hall, poinsettia display in the Main Greenhouse, and a visit with Santa until 7:30 p.m. in the Hay Barn. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., free, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12.
HOLIDAY STROLL, East Hampton, NY, East Hampton, 631-324-0362, easthamptonchamber.com Start you holiday stroll with Santa at Rowdy Hall, 10 Main St. in East Hampton Village from 10 a.m.-noon then continue through the village business district, carolers will be around shops, refreshments and more, free, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 13.
HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT COE HALL, Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Rd. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay, 516-922-8678, plantingfields.org Experience Coe Hall Mansion decorated in holiday style. Visit with Santa 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the Madrigal Singers, make a gingerbread house, and watch Frosty the Snow Man by Plaza Theatrical Productions in the Great Hall. Show times for Frosty the Snow Man are 2:30 p.m. both days, $10, free for children under 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13, 2014, Dec. 14., 2014
RAILROAD MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE WITH SANTA, Railroad Museum of Long Island (Riverhead), 416 Griffing Ave., Riverhead, 631-727-7920, RMLI.org Featuring a visit with Santa, and a model train set raffle, gifts for girls and boys, and refreshments, Santa arrives at noon, Free, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 13, 2014, Dec. 14
SANTA FLOATS DOWN THE PECONIC RIVER, Downtown Riverhead, Main Street and along Peconic River, Riverhead, See Santa float down the Peconic River on boat, while fire pits are ablaze in the river and a single giant bonfire is lit in the Peconic Riverfront parking lot on Heidi Behr Way. Children of all ages will meet and great Santa once he arrives on shore, where treats of free hot chocolate and cookies are given out. There will also be caroling and music. Bay fireworks display at 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Rain date Dec. 14. free, 4 p.m.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Constantino Brumidi Lodge, 2075 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, 631-586-0883, sonsofitalyli.com Breakfast with Santa, crafts, raffles, bring your own camera for pictures., $8 children, free 3 and under, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 14.
PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA, Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays, 631-728-6241, exts. 110 or 120, hbay.suffolk.lib.ny.us Bring your pet for a photo with Santa, proceeds will be donated to the Southampton Animal Shelter, feel free to bring an item to donate to the shelter, must reserve, $10, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 14.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Island Park, NY, Island Park, 516-431-0600, villageofislandpark.com Breakfast with Santa with photo opportunities so bring a camera, held at the Island Park fire department, 440 Long Beach Rd., Free, 10 a.m. Dec. 14.
FAMILY BREAKFAST with Santa and his helpers, John A. Anderson Recreation Center, 111 N. Oceanside Road, Rockville Centre, 516-678-9238, rvcny.us Breakfast includes pancakes, bagels, cereals, juice and coffee, register, $7, 10:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14.
SANTA ARRIVES, Atlantic Nursery, 250 Atlantic Ave., Freeport, atlanticnursery.com Bring your camera for pictures with Santa or snap a shot in one of the displays; no fees, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 20 and Dec. 21. On Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Dec. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m., bring your pets for their annual photo with Santa and participate in a benefit for Bobbi and the Strays animal shelter, small fee for pet photos.
SANTA BRUNCH, Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-208-9200, longislandaquarium.com Annual Santa brunch with photo opportunities so bring your camera, buffet breakfast in the waterfront Sea Star Ballroom. Fee includes all day admission to aquarium, reserve., $42.95 adult, $39.95 ages 3-12 and seniors over 62, free 2 and under, 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. seatings Dec. 20.