The day after Thanksgiving is the official start of the holiday house tour season on Long Island. Peak inside a number of private homes and historic buildings decorated for Christmas, and you’ll come away with ideas, inspiration — and holiday spirit.
CENTERPORT, HOLIDAY TOURS, Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org. Guided tours of the decorated mansion leave on the hour, with the last one at 4 p.m. Fee $14 adults, $13 students and seniors, $11 ages 3-12. Dates Noon-4 p.m. Sat., Sun. and Tue., Nov. 29-Dec. 29 (except no tours Dec. 24).
SOUTHOLD, CANDLELIGHT HOLIDAY TOUR, Southold Historical Society, 55200 Rte. 25 (Main Road and Maple Lane), 631-765-5500, southoldhistoricalsociety.org. Candlelight tours at the museum, where all the rooms 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. 29
SETAUKET, CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOUR, Three Village Historical Society, 93 N. Country Rd., 631-751-3730, tvhs.org. Tour the Three Village Historical Society’s five homes and the Old Field Horse Farm in full holiday décor with attention to architectural features and historic details. Fee $45-$125. Dates 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6 features a tour with wine and hors d’oeuvres at each home, followed by a buffet and wine reception, 9-11 p.m. at Old Field Club, East Setauket. Also, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7, with optional breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Old Field Club.
AMITYVILLE, HOLIDAY HOME TOUR, 631-264-6000. Grand tour of several homes on Grand Central Avenue festively decorated for the holidays. Raffles, vendors, music, and tea and cookies served in the Tea House. After the tour, the Amityville Village tree lighting will be at 5 p.m. Fee $20. Date 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7.
HUNTINGTON, SELF-GUIDED HOLIDAY HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR, 1750 David Conklin Farmhouse Museum, 2 High St., huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org, 631-427-7045. On tour day, see local residences from Colonial times to the current century; refreshments served. Fee $40. Date Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8
WEST BAY SHORE, CHRISTMAS AT SAGTIKOS, Sagtikos Manor, Montauk Highway, West Bay Shore, 631-321-6809, sagtikosmanor.com. “Christmas at Sagtikos, A Celebration!” 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 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8.
EAST HAMPTON, HOLIDAY TOUR, 631-324-0362, easthamptonchamber.com. Self-guided holiday tour of inns, bed-and-breakfasts and special places, plus programs and light refreshments. Fee Free. Date Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 14.
OYSTER BAY, HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AT COE HALL, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, 516-922-8600, plantingfields.org. See holiday decorations, visit with Santa, listen to live music, take a guided tour. Fee $10, free for children under 12. Dates Dec. 14-15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
OLD BETHPAGE, CANDLELIGHT EVENINGS, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage, nassaucountyny.gov, 516-572-8401. Go back in time and see 19th century buildings glimmer by candlelight, along with an 1866 decorated Christmas tree. Enjoy apple cider around a bonfire as a brass band plays holiday tunes. Fee $14, $8 for ages 5-12 and seniors. Dates Dec. 20-22, 27-29, 5-9:30 p.m.
CENTERPORT, TWILIGHT TOURS, Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org. Twilight tour of the decorated mansion, hot chocolate and cookies served. Fee $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, $6 ages 12 and younger. Dates 5-8 p.m. Dec. 27-28.
SOUTHAMPTON, ROGERS MANSION BY CANDLELIGHT, 17 Meeting House Lane. 632=283-2494. Candlelight reception, self-guided tours of the parlors and sitting rooms draped in garlands, Christmas trees decorated with antique ornaments. Fee $10, free 17 and younger. Date 4-6 p.m. Dec. 28
VALLEY STREAM, CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF PAGAN-FLETCHER RESTORATION, 143 Hendrickson Ave., Valley Stream, 516-825-7157, vsvny.org. Presented by Valley Stream Historical Society. Bring donations of nonperishable canned food for local food pantries. Fee Free. Date 6-8 p.m. Dec. 29.