Thanksgiving is officially behind us and holiday shopping hitting this peak only means one thing: Christmas is coming and it’s coming fast. Compared to last year, this Christmas opens a lot more opportunities for families despite the pandemic not being over. There is much less risk of contracting the virus for those who are vaccinated, so we are seeing a lot more events on Long Island this year.
However, families should still have some caution and think about what they are comfortable participating in. With the omicron variant reaching New York, there is still uncertainty and potential risk of contracting the virus. We always recommend following the CDC guidelines when going out.
Without further ado, here are some Christmas events to look forward to this holiday season.
The Riverhead Holiday Light Show is the East End’s newest seasonal tradition. Visitors enjoy an incredible drive through more than 1 1/2 miles of holiday light displays. The show is about 20-25 minutes long. You can purchase tickets for $23/car in advance or $25/car at the gate. The show starts the 19th and runs until December 30th on weekdays and Sundays from 5pm-9pm or Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm-11pm. You can purchase tickets here.
The Magic of Lights drive-thru spectacular returns to Jones Beach and Nassau County’s South Shore this holiday season. The display is stacked with new themed LED lighting displays and digital animations, plus plenty of returning favorites. A special feature of the 2020 Magic of Lights at Jones Beach is the all-new illuminating mega tree spectacular.
The Magic of Lights runs Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 pm; Friday and Saturday 5-11 pm from the 19th to January 2nd. Tickets purchased online can be redeemed for any show date.
Become captivated and charmed by the magical light displays set along Old Westbury Garden’s paths and grounds. The show is especially designed for Old Westbury Gardens by Lightswitch, a collective of internationally recognized lighting, media, and visual designers. Show dates are between November 20, 2021, and January 9, 2022 with entry every 15 minutes from 5:30 to 9:30pm.
Tickets can be reserved tickets here.
Long Island’s winter holiday park is back for another year. Enjoy a ton of over-the-top holiday fun, including Santa’s Toy Factory Funhouse, a holiday train ride, an ice skating rink, rock climbing, character meet and greets, holiday stories, build-a-bear experiences, ax throwing, and more. Runs: Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 26-Jan. 2. Fridays 6-10pm. Saturdays 3-10pm and Sundays 3-9pm. They have miniature golf and ropes courses available. Add a magical Santa experience for $15 per family (up to 6 people). More information can be found at their website.
Christmas House Long Island is an indoor, one-of-a-kind, fully immersive Christmas experience. Take a wondrous walk through all things Christmas, followed by a glorious gift shop and sweets wonderland.
Experience everything you love about Christmas, all in one place. All of your favorite Christmas sights, sounds, and smells come to life at Christmas House Long Island. More than 10 rooms are featured, including the Christmas Cake Walk, the Gingerbread Room, the Christmas Eve Room, and the snow-filled Christmas Forest. Located in Westbury tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for kids.
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