A Guide To Holiday Events On Long Island For 2023

The Stony Brook Southampton windmill lighted for the holidays. Courtesy Stony Brook Southampton via Dan’s Papers

Looking for something to do on Long Island this holiday season?

All Aboard The Polar Express!

Join us for our annual holiday children’s tea themed around the popular book and animated picture “The Polar Express.” We’ll have an arts and crafts table where you can decorate doughnuts, hot cocoa, and our Conductor will greet you, The Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh St., Garden City. $50.00 deposit per guest is due upon booking, which will be redeemed towards final payment on 12/9.

Price is $75.00 per adult, plus tax and gratuity (total $94.97), and $45 per child 12 and under (total $56.98), Dec. 9, Seating times are 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Brunch With Santa And Mrs Claus 2023

Brunch on the Waterfront while your children have fun with Santa and Mrs. Claus and take photos.

235 Lake Shore Rd. Lake, Ronkonkoma

$49 adults $29 kids (3-10), Sun., Dec. 10,  Sun, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Christmas Celebration On Ice

Modern effects will take the magic beyond the ice, immersing family and friends in a sparkling Christmas paradise. In addition, incredible world professional ice skating champions perform to your favorite holiday favorites.

71 E Main St., Patchogue

$45-$75 incl fees, Thurs., Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Christmas House Long Island

Christmas House Long Island is a one-of-a-kind indoor, completely immersive Christmas experience.  A wonderful 45-minute walk-through of everything Christmas, followed by a magnificent gift shop.

Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Mall, Hicksville

$29.99 adult $24.99 teens(13) and under, Nov. 24-Jan. 2

Deck The Halls 2023

Celebrate the Christmas season with festive music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and plenty of good company while supporting the restoration of the Olmsted Brothers-designed landscape at Planting Fields, Holiday Cocktails at Coe Hall.

1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay

$275, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Dinner With The Grinch

This excursion includes a meal encounter with The Grinch. Join us for a supper buffet and a chance to meet The Grinch. Bring your camera because there will be plenty of photo opportunities with The Grinch at the Carriage House.

585 N Broadway, Jericho.

$24.99 adults $19.99 kids (2-12), Reservations are required for this experience. 516-931-2201, Thurs., Nov. 30,  Mon., Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Holiday And Parade And Bonfire

Santa Claus is coming, Santa Claus is coming, right down Main Street in Riverhead! There will be free hot chocolate available. This year’s riverfront will also include a snack truck and toy sellers. Santa will be offering complimentary photos in his gingerbread house.

Osborn Ave., Riverhead

Dec. 9 (Rain Date: Dec. 16), Parade 3 p.m. and Bonfire and Santa House 4-5 p.m.

Holiday Festival

The downtown Holiday Festival in Village Square has free horse and carriage rides, photos with Santa, musical entertainment, a hot cocoa bar, and snacks.

Village Square, Glen Cove 

Dec. 2, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Holiday Festival And Tree Lighting

Tanger Outlets Deer Park’s Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting will kick off the holiday season! Enjoy festive fun and excitement for the entire family. Get a free photo with Santa.

152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park

 Sat., Nov. 18, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Holiday Spectacular On Ice

This wonderful musical celebration brings famous holiday tunes to life while accentuating figure skating’s beauty, elegance, and skill.

Gateway Playhouse, Bellport

$27.50 – $95.00, Dec. 1 – Jan. 1

Home Alone

Watch this 1990 holiday classic with your friends and family!

The Suffolk, 118 E Main St., Riverhead

$15, Dec. 20, 7-9 p.m.

Long Beach Electric Light Parade

The 10th Annual Electric Light Parade is presented by the City of Long Beach in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce. For this colorful holiday parade, antique automobiles, fire trucks, floats, and bicycles will be decked out in Christmas lights.

The parade is from Ohio Avenue and will head East on Beech Street to Grand Boulevard in Long Beach.

 Sat., Dec. 9

Magic of Lights

As you wind through the shimmering path of Long Island’s greatest holiday tradition, experience the Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car.

Jones Beach State Park 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh.

Tickets start at $20 per standard vehicle, Nov. 17 – Dec. 30, Fri. and Sat., 5 – 11 p.m., Sun. – Thurs., 5 – 10 p.m.

Pet Photos With Santa

Bring your pet for a free photo with Santa. All animals and children are welcome.

Talmage Farm Agway on Osborn Ave., Riverhead, appointments online here,

Sat., Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and on Sun., Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. 

Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum Holiday Party

Come celebrate the holidays with friends, food, games, and fun.

200 Main St., Sag Harbor.

 $40 with Reservation, $50 at the door, Sat., Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m.

Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm Locals Night

Ice skating, bouncing castles, popcorn, 10% off in the store. At this lovely family farm, you are welcome to join the owners in selecting a tree.

30105 Main Rd., (Rte 25), Cutchogue.

$15, Fri., Dec. 1, 8. 15, 22, 4-7 p.m.

Santa On The Farm

The Long Island Game Farm is transformed into a winter wonderland. Feed “rein” deer in the park, visit Santa Claus, bring your camera to capture priceless family photos, enjoy a craft table, and browse the Christmas gift boutique.

489 Chapman Blvd., Manorville. 

$30, Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, Session 1: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Session 2: 1p.m. – 3 p.m.

Supper With Santa

Dine with Santa at a festive buffet-style meal. Enjoy festive music and children’s entertainment as well, The Roslyn Hotel.

1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn

$60++ per Child, Ages 3-12 (children under 3 years FREE) / $80++ per Adult, Reservations needed before 12/12, Dec. 17, 3-5 p.m.

Winter Wonderland At The Post Office Cafe

Spend the evening with Winter Crafts and Sugar Cookie Decorating, Kids DIY Hot Cocoa (Adult Spiked Hot Cocoa Optional), Christmas Movie, and so forth.

Send Santa Letters, 130 W Main St., Babylon

Reservations Required 631-669-9224, Tues., Dec. 5, 5-7 p.m.

WMHO 44th Annual Holiday Festival

Join the festival for Photos with Santa (2 p.m.), Holiday Carolers, Live Performances, a Petting Zoo, Holiday Trains at Wiggs Opticians, The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony (beginning at 5 p.m.), and much more.

Stony Brook Village, Stony Brook.

Dec. 3, 12-6 p.m.