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Holiday house tours on Long Island

Open doors and festive decor, from Sea Cliff to East Hampton.

A house ready to welcome visitors on last

A house ready to welcome visitors on last year's holiday home tour in Lloyd Harbor. Photo Credit: Veronique Louis

Not just the halls are decked in these private homes and historic mansions across Long Island. Volunteers and historical societies decorate with all the trimmings for the holiday season. And you’re invited to peek inside.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., 631-854-5579, Five guided tours of the decorated mansion, each leaves on the hour with the last one departing at 4 p.m. Fee $13 adults, $12 students and 62 and older, $9 ages 12 and younger. Dates Check website for dates and times in Nov. and Dec. 
SOUTHOLD, CANDLELIGHT HOLIDAY TOUR, Southold Historical Society, 55200 Rte. 25 (Main Road and Maple Lane), 631-765-5500, Candlelight tours at the museum, opposite the firehouse. All buildings will be decorated for the holidays. Farm and home craft demonstrations in the various buildings, musicians strolling the grounds. Santa will visit, and refreshments will be served. Tree lighting at 5 p.m. Fee Donations. Date 3-6 p.m. Nov. 23
OLD WESTBURY GARDENS, HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, 71 Old Westbury Rd.,, 516-333-0048. Period rooms decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, mantelpiece arrangements, topiaries and plants. Antique clothing and toys from the Westbury House collection will be on display. Children can create crafts and visit with Santa. Enjoy hot cider and cookies. Tree lighting Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. Fee $15/$12 for member, $8 child (ages 7-17), Free for child member and ages 6 and under. Advance tickets required. Dates 10 a.m.–5 p.m . Fri.-Sun. Dec. 14–16, and Fri.-Sun., Dec. 21–23.
SETAUKET, CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOUR, Three Village Historical Society, 93 N. Country Rd., 631-751-3730, Tour the Three Village Historical Society structures in full holiday decor with attention to architectural features and historic details. Fri. evening, Nov. 30, includes wine, hors d’oeuvres; a reception, 9-11 p.m., follows at Old Field Club, Setauket. Saturday, Dec. 1, includes breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Fee Call. Dates 6-9 p.m. Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1. 

ST. JAMES, ART AND CRAFTS HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE, Deepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Road,, 631-563-8551. Stained glass, jewelry, floral arrangements, fiber arts and more. Hot chocolate and cookies served, proceeds benefit the Deepwells Farm Historical Society. Christmas tree lighting 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Fee $5 adults, free younger than 12. Dates 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9
AMITYVILLE, HOLIDAY HOME TOUR, No need to ring the doorbells, the doors are open at this year's Amityville Holiday Home Tour. Enjoy the "Sea It to Believe It" self-guided tour, sponsored by the Amityville Junior League, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, rain or shine. After the tour, you're invited to stop by historic St. Mary's Episcopal Church in the village for tea and cookies. Also, the Lauder Museum on Broadway is open for a look into Amityville's history. Pick up tickets and maps at the Lauder Museum or Bella Mason on Park Avenue Fee $20

HUNTINGTON, SELF-GUIDED HOLIDAY HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR, 1750 David Conklin Farmhouse Museum, 2 High St.,, 631-427-7045. On tour day, see local residences from Colonial times through the current century, refreshments served. Fee $40. Date Noon- 4 p.m. Dec. 2
WEST BAY SHORE, CHRISTMAS AT SAGTIKOS, Sagtikos Manor, Montauk Highway, West Bay Shore, 631-321-6809, “Christmas With the First Ladies,” a White House tradition is the holiday theme. Tour leaves every 15 minutes, reservations recommended, suitable for ages 6 and older. Fee $25 adults, $20 seniors and students in advance, $8 ages 6-12; $30 at the door. Dates 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9. 
EAST HAMPTON, HOLIDAY TOUR, 631-324-0362, Self-guided holiday tour of inns, bed-and-breakfasts and special places, plus programs and light refreshments; call the Chamber of Commerce in advance for details. Fee Free. Date Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 1. 
SAYVILLE, HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR, Edwards Homestead, Edwards Street and Collins Avenue, 631-563-0186, Tour five or six beautiful homes all decked out for the holidays. Tickets, sold only in advance, available in the Edwards Homestead on Nov. 24 from 2-4 p.m. Fee $25. Date 2-5 p.m. Dec. 16.
CENTERPORT, TWILIGHT TOURS, Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., 631-854-5579, Twilight tour of the decorated mansion, hot chocolate and cookies served. Fee $10 adults, $9 students and seniors 62 and older, $5 ages 12 and younger. Dates 7-9 p.m. Dec. 27-28. (Also, see the holiday decorations on every mansion tour Nov. 23- Dec. 31.)
VALLEY STREAM, CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF PAGAN-FLETCHER RESTORATION, 143 Hendrickson Ave., Valley Stream, 516-825-7157, Presented by Valley Stream Historical Society. Bring donations of nonperishable canned food for local pantries. Fee Free. Date 6-8 p.m. Dec. 30.


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