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Holiday events on Long Island: Here's a list of where to celebrate

A Holy Trinity High School choir sings at

A Holy Trinity High School choir sings at last year’s tree lighting in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

ISLIP

The Town of Islip will hold its Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 655 Main St. The town's menorah lighting ceremony will be Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall.

Islip will hold its second annual Merry on Main festival on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Town Hall West, 401 Main St. The festival starts at 11 a.m. with a gift shopping fair, free family skating, a holiday movie screening and gingerbread competition. Youngsters can meet Santa inside the auditorium's Santa Land from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m. Santa will also star in a parade starting at 2 p.m. on Main Street, beginning at Brookwood Hall in East Islip and proceeding to Town Hall West.

The town-owned Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma will also host several holiday events, including a tree-lighting ceremony inside the atrium at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, and performances from several local school bands, choirs and orchestras.

-- SOPHIA CHANG

 

 

WESTBURY

Activities on Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 include a holiday shopping mart, decorating contest, free red wine tasting and family-friendly scavenger hunt.

The shopping mart will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westbury Village Piazza Ernesto Strada, Post and Maple avenues.

The decorating contest for the windows of Post Avenue stores is sponsored by the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts and takes place both days.

A free red wine tasting will be held at Wheatley Hills Discount Wine & Spirits, 193 Post Ave., on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The scavenger hunt begins Saturday at 2 p.m. and will also be held at the Piazza. Winners are eligible for prizes.

-- SCOTT EIDLER

 

 

NEW HYDE PARK

The village tree lighting ceremony and a children's magic show will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at village hall, 1420 Jericho Tpke. The magic show starts at 3:30 p.m., and the tree will be lit between 4:45 and 5 p.m.

-- LISA IRIZARRY

 

 

NORTHPORT

The Village of Northport will have three holiday events this year. The village will light the Christmas tree and the Northport Chorale will provide caroling at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 in Northport Village Park. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and their "merry helpers" will arrive on festively decorated fire trucks to greet the crowd. Live reindeer will be on hand from upstate New York and will be on display in the park from 4 to 7 p.m.

The community will also have a leg lamp lighting event -- a reference to the popular holiday film "A Christmas Story," at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 at Northport Hardware Store, 90 Main St.

Northport's informal "Winterfest!" will be going on throughout the month of December, featuring holiday decorating and caroling.

-- VALERIE BAUMAN

 

 

GLEN COVE

There will be two holiday events in the city. The Downtown Business District will host the annual winter festival on Saturday, Nov. 29 starting at 1:30 p.m. in the village square. There will be pictures with Santa, horse and carriage rides and the tree lighting at dusk. The city's Youth Bureau is holding its annual "Milk and Cookies With Santa" at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at City Hall.

-- MACKENZIE RIGG

 

 

PORT JEFFERSON

The village's annual Charles Dickens Festival will run Friday through Saturday, Dec. 5-7, with roaming characters such as Father Christmas, Scrooge, the Town Crier and chimney sweeps, performances of "A Christmas Carol" at Theatre Three, horse and carriage rides, a cappella performances by choirs and harmony groups, performances of "The Nutcracker," ice skating at the Village Center, a model train display at Harbor Square Mall, "Mother Goose" readings at Port Jefferson Free Library, magic shows by The Great Wizard of the North and "Fezziwig's Ball," featuring a dance caller and live music on traditional instruments. For information, call 631-473-4724.

The popular Victorian Walking Lanternlight House Tour returns on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25; for more information, call the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce at 631-473-1414.

-- CARL MACGOWAN

 

 

MONTAUK AND RIVERHEAD

The Montauk Point Lighthouse will hold its annual lighting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. A special guest will turn on thousands of white lights covering the lighthouse, which will remain decorated until New Year's Day. Parking and admission to the lighthouse are free. The rain date is Saturday, Dec. 6.

The lighthouse will host its holiday celebration Sunday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hot cider and snacks will be served. Admission to the lighthouse museum is free that day. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 7.

On Sunday, Dec. 7, the Riverhead Lions Club's Christmas Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on West Main Street at Osborne Avenue, travel down Main Street and end in the public parking lot along the Peconic River. The Riverhead Business Improvement District will host its holiday bonfire on Saturday, Dec. 13 beginning at 2 p.m. Free hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes will be served. Fireworks will begin around 8 p.m., weather permitting.

-- WILL JAMES

 

 

HUNTINGTON

Huntington is holding its lighting of the Christmas tree on Saturday, Nov. 29. There will also be a parade, festival and caroling.

Santa will be part of the parade and street festival that starts at 7 p.m. Santa is on the last parade float and will set up on a stage at Wall and Gerard streets in downtown Huntington for children to talk to him.

After the parade, the 26-foot-tall Christmas tree will be lit on Wall Street. The trees on the Village Green and at Town Hall will be lit simultaneously. Following the tree lighting, the festival begins and will feature musical performances.

There will be free parking and a free shuttle from the Huntington Station Long Island Rail Road stop to the parade and festival. The town has suspended metered parking fees in downtown Huntington from Nov. 28 to Dec. 31.

The menorah lighting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Town Hall, run by Chabad of Huntington.

-- DEBORAH MORRIS

 

 

BABYLON AND AMITYVILLE

Babylon Town will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Dec. 5 at Town Hall.

Babylon Village will hold its cookie contest Dec. 4 at the Conklin House. Registration is encouraged for the cookie contest at Conklin House. Visit the library or call Kathy Ruggeri at 631-669-2970 or Cindy Theiss at 631-587-6352. Cookie drop-off is 4 to 5 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce's Old Fashioned Village Christmas and the Conklin House's Christmas Tour are Dec. 5, with themed decorations at the Conklin House and carolers, cocoa and cookies at many downtown stores, which will stay open into the evening. The Conklin House tour is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Christmas photos will be taken at the Conklin House Dec. 7, with family photos from noon to 2 p.m. and pictures with Santa Claus from 2 to 4 p.m. The fee for photos is $20 per sitting.

The Babylon Village Christmas tree will be lit Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at Argyle Lake Park, followed by wassail -- a traditional beverage available with or without alcohol -- at the Historical Society from 3 to 5 p.m.

Amityville will celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29, with many shops offering sales and free gifts. For sale details, visit amitychamber.org There will be a Christmas carol concert at the gazebo at 1 p.m. with singers from the New Testament Church choir.

The Junior League will host a Holiday Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Bella Maison, 137 Merrick Rd.; Darlings & Divas, 65 Merrick Rd.; Johnson's Florist, 86 Broadway; Amityville Acupuncture & Wellness, 320-3 Merrick Rd.; and Cornucopia's Noshery, 94 Park Ave. Tea and cookies will follow at St. Mary's Church. The village tree lighting is Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. at the Triangle. Santa Claus will attend on an Amityville Fire Department truck.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 147 Park Ave., will host five area church choirs in concert on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m., with snacks and coffee to follow. Donations will be accepted for St. Martin of Tours outreach program.

St. Paul's will present a "living Nativity scene" Saturday, Dec. 21 in the church parking lot at 5 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

-- NICHOLAS SPANGLER

 

 

WESTHAMPTON, SOUTHAMPTON AND EAST HAMPTON

Westhampton Beach Village will hold its annual Winterfest celebration Saturday, Dec. 6. The Hampton Arts Cinema will show holiday movies for children at 10:30 a.m. At noon, Main Street shops and restaurants will begin hosting holiday-themed activities. At 6:30 p.m., a Christmas tree and menorah lighting ceremony will be held on the village green. Carolers and choirs will perform, and free hot cocoa and cookies will be served.

Southampton Village's Parade of Lights will begin at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. The parade of decorated fire trucks will begin on Windmill Lane and end at Agawam Park. A Christmas tree lighting will follow at 5:15 p.m. at Agawam Park. Afterward, refreshments will be served at Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane. On Dec. 6, the "It's a Wonderful Village" celebration will bring carolers and horse-and-buggy rides to Southampton from 1 to 4 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the Southampton Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street.

East Hampton Village's Santa Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6 and travel down Main Street and Newtown Lane. On Saturday, Dec. 13, East Hampton Village shops will serve refreshments and carolers will stroll the village from noon to 5 p.m.

-- WILL JAMES

 

 

NESCONSET, KINGS PARK AND SMITHTOWN

The Nesconset Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas tree lighting and menorah lighting will both be held Sunday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Nesconset Gazebo on Smithtown Boulevard. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served, and bicycles donated by chamber members will be raffled off to children, who will also receive a gift from Santa after he is escorted through town by the Nesconset Fire Department. The Great Hollow Middle School Kickline will perform and the winner of Little Miss Nesconset will light this year's tree.

The Kings Park Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas tree lighting is Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. at Veteran's Plaza in front of the Kings Park Library. Holiday music will be performed by Kings Park school district students and Santa will make an appearance aboard an old-fashioned fire truck from the Kings Park Fire Department. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available.

The chamber also hosts a menorah lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at Veteran's Plaza, with music performed by Kings Park school district students, along with cookies and other refreshments.

The Kings Park Fire Department will host a Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 2:30 to about 10 p.m. The parade will go throughout Kings Park and will stop at various locations to collect cans for a community food drive. Santa and his elves, along with SpongeBob, will make appearances at the parade, which features floats and fire trucks festooned with lights. Parade route stops will be posted on the fire department website.

The Smithtown Historical Society will hold a "Heritage Country Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 239 Middle Country Rd. Attendees will 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 traditional shadow puppet show, Lionel trains in motion and Victorian craft making. Santa will also make an appearance from 4 to 6 p.m., and families can gather by a bonfire for some caroling with Civil War re-enactors. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. To learn more, call 631-265-6768.

The Rotary Club of Smithtown will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. (the tree will be lit at 4:30 p.m.) on Main Street in front of the Smithtown Library. Santa Claus will ride on a Smithtown Fire Department truck, and hot chocolate will also be served. During the ceremony, Christmas carols will be sung by All Good Friends. Festivities continue at the Smithtown Historical Society's Frank Brush Barn, where children will get free gifts, including bicycles.

-- LAUREN R. HARRISON

 

 

ST. JAMES

The Chamber of Commerce will host its annual tree lighting Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at Deepwells Farm County Park, at North Country Road (Route 25A) and Moriches Road. The event will be on the great lawn and will feature entertainment, a best-tree contest, a bike raffle, refreshments and Santa Claus.

The annual St. James menorah lighting will last for eight days and will begin on the first night of Hanukkah, Dec. 16. Come to the triangle at Route 25A and Lake Avenue at 4 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. on the other days to celebrate with songs and treats.

-- DOROTHY LEVIN

 

 

MT. SINAI

The menorah lighting will be at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Heritage Park, 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Rd. The festivities will include singing, hot chocolate and doughnuts.

-- KERI WALL-TREUDLER

 

 

PATCHOGUE

In recognition of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29, local businesses will hold sales and offer discounts all day to shoppers in the village. Carolers and live music will filter up and down Main Street. A holiday parade will start at 5 p.m. on Main Street from West Avenue to Rider Avenue. The U.S. Postal Service will be there to deliver your letters to the North Pole, and Santa will be nearby at the Capital One Bank once the parade has ended.

-- KERI WALL-TREUDLER

 

 

SAYVILLE

A holiday parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 will kick off Chamber of Commerce festivities along Main Street. Afterward, local stores will offer holiday cheer with refreshments and entertainment. Santa's workshop will host interactive events for children. Actors dressed in attire from the Charles Dickens era will walk around the village, where model trains will be on display and shoppers can enjoy marionette shows, ice carvings and more. Stay for the Miracle on Main, which runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Visitors can see live reindeer, hear a handbell choir, take part in a gingerbread contest and watch Christmas movies on an outdoor screen. A candlelight tree lighting will cap off the night.

-- KERI WALL-TREUDLER

 

 

STONY BROOK

Bundle up and stroll through Stony Brook's Holiday Festival Promenade of Trees at the Stony Brook Village Center on Main Street from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7. Events will be held outdoors and will feature more than 60 decorated trees, Santa's arrival by horse-drawn carriage at 2 p.m. and a presentation of "A Forgotten Christmas" by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Youth Corps Theatre Troupe at 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. There will also be carolers, live music, a petting zoo and model trains. The Ward Melville Heritage Organization will hold a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

-- DOROTHY LEVIN

 

 

EAST HILLS AND NORTH HEMPSTEAD

The Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., will hold a Hanukkah candle lighting with treats, crafts and songs at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16 in the lobby.

The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce Christmas tree lighting is Dec. 5 at 4:15 p.m. at Mary Jane Davies Green, Plandome Road, in Manhasset.

-- KERI WALL-TREUDLER

 

 

PORT WASHINGTON

On Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., merchants along Port Washington's Main Street will participate in "Port Holiday Magic." There will be strolling entertainment, carolers, jugglers and refreshments at many of the stores. Santa and his elves will be available for pictures and the town will provide a free trolley for shoppers.

The Port Washington Christmas tree lighting is Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at Blumenfeld Family Park on Main Street. The menorah lighting will begin Tuesday, Dec. 16, the first night of Hanukkah, at 6 p.m. at the Long Island Rail Road station on Main Street.

-- KERI WALL-TREUDLER

 

 

LONG BEACH

Long Beach will light its Christmas tree on Kennedy Plaza, outside City Hall on West Park Avenue, on Saturday, Dec. 6. Call 516-431-3890 for the time.

Every evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 to mid-January, enjoy Boardwalk Lights, a free holiday nautical-themed light display on the Long Beach boardwalk from Long Beach Boulevard to Magnolia Boulevard.

The Winter Wonderfest is Dec. 6-7 at the Long Beach Ice Arena, 150 West Bay Dr., and will feature holiday entertainment, food and vendors, activities for children, holiday characters and Elsa and Anna from the animated Disney film "Frozen." Santa will visit throughout the day. Wonderfest hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, and admission is free. Donations of unwrapped gifts are being collected for Toys for Tots.

-- DOROTHY LEVIN

 

 

GARDEN CITY

A tree lighting ceremony will be held Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Gazebo on the Village Green, on the corner of Stewart and Hilton avenues, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Entertainment will feature the Fivestone Band and the Garden City High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble singing holiday tunes. Santa Claus will also be on hand, and cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

-- DOROTHY LEVIN

 

 

MALVERNE

The lighting of Malverne is held all along Hempstead Avenue from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The night features a holiday storytime, holiday parade with Santa and the elves, face painting, ice sculptures, the village tree lighting at the fountain, Frosty's Wonderland Danceland, hay rides, horse-and-buggy rides and live entertainment. There is a fee for some events.

-- DOROTHY LEVIN

 

 

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

The village's Christmas tree lighting ceremony is Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Green on Maple Avenue. Santa will be making a visit, too.

-- DOROTHY LEVIN

 

 

MASSAPEQUA PARK

Celebrating the holiday season begins with the lighting of the village Christmas tree and menorah on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. There will be entertainment at the Showmobile and an appearance by Santa at the corner of Park Boulevard and Front Street in Massapequa.

-- DOROTHY LEVIN

 

 

NORTH BABYLON AND LINDENHURST

The Belmont Lake State Park tree lighting in North Babylon is Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. For more information, call 631-667-5055.

Babylon will hold a tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, costumed characters, musical entertainment and refreshments at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Town Hall Park, 200 E. Sunrise Hwy. in Lindenhurst.

Lindenhurst Fire Department's holiday parade starts at 4 p.m. at Firemen's Park on Heiling Boulevard. The parade ends at South Wellwood and Hoffman avenues for the Lindenhurst Historic Society's tree lighting.

-- KERI WALL-TREUDLER AND DOROTHY LEVIN

 

 

BAY SHORE

The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore is holding an annual Winter Festival at 3:30 p.m. in conjunction with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29. The festival, an old-fashioned holiday tradition on Main Street, features choruses from local schools, strolling Charles Dickens-era characters caroling, and the Christmas tree and menorah lighting near the bandshell. Children will get a chance to visit with Santa and Frosty the Snowman.

Make a special stop Dec. 6 to visit Santa Claus at the annual Snowflake and Bake Sale at the Bay Shore Historical Society's Gibson-Mack-Holt House, 22 Maple Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After sunset on Sunday, Dec. 7, come see "Light the Night," which features 1,000 luminaries aglow throughout Bay Shore and Brightwaters, sponsored by the Bay Shore Beautification Society.

-- DOROTHY LEVIN

 

 

SOUTHOLD AND SHELTER ISLAND

Take a candlelight holiday tour through the grounds of the Southold Historical Society Museum, 54325 Rte. 25, on Friday, Nov. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be farm and craft demonstrations, caroling, a tree lighting at 5 p.m. and a visit with Santa. All of the buildings will be decorated for the season.

Gather at the steps of the town police department on Shelter Island on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. for a tree lighting and holiday party hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. There will be live caroling as well as an appearance by Santa Claus.

A tree lighting will be held at the Shelter Island Library, 37 North Ferry Rd., hosted with East End Hospice, on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. If you still need to shop for the holidays, swing by the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a craft fair.

-- KERI WALL-TREUDLER

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