Fun Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Long Island

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by Maytal Wichman

Start the holiday season on the right foot with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa and maybe some caroling or hot cocoa to keep you warm. We’ve gathered some tree lighting ceremonies which also include some fun activities for the kids.

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza
Date: 12/2/11
Time: 6pm-10pm
Place: Veterans Memorial
Corner of Bedford and Broadway in Bellmore Village
Bellmore, NY
(516) 679-1875
Activities: Tree lighting at 7pm, carolers, a visit form Santa. For a small fee: horse and carriage rides, refreshments, trolley rides through the community.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Date: 12/3/11
Time: 4:15pm-7:00pm
Place: Belmont Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway, exit 38
North Babylon, NY 11703
(631) 667-5055
Activities: A visit from Santa and his helpers, wagon rides, ice sculptures, carolers, fireworks, holiday displays and music.

First Night and Tree Lighting
Date: 12/3/11
Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Place: Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
(516) 333-0048
Activities: View the Westbury House in its holiday splendor! Tree lighting at 8:15 on the North Lawn. Live holiday music, a visit form Santa, light refreshments. $10 per adult; $5 per child (2-12).

Stony Brook Holiday Festival
Date: 12/4/11
Time: 1pm-6pm
Place: Stony Brook Village Center
105 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY
(631) 751-2244
Activities: Music, puppet shows, acrobats, holiday tree competition, a visit from Santa and more. Tree lighting is at 5:30pm.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Date: 12/4/11
Time: from 4:30pm
Place: Blumenfeld Family Park
Main Street
Port Washington, NY
(516) 944-9526
Activities: Live nativity, community singing, refreshments and a visit from Santa.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Dessert Reception and Christmas Tree Lighting
Date: 12/4/11
Time: 2:30pm-5pm
Place: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
252 Rushmore Avenue
Carle Place, NY 11514
(516) 333-2290
Activities: Tree lighting at 5pm. Christmas music, ice cream, cake & beverages.

Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara Lighting Ceremony
Date: 12/6/11
Time: 4pm
Place: Hempstead Town Hall
1 Washington Street
Hempstead, NY
(516) 489-5000, ext. 3303
Activities: Join the members of the Hempstead Town Board in the ceremony. Refreshments will be served.

West End Holiday Lighting
Date: 12/7/11
Time: 6pm
Place: The Saloon
1016 West Beech Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
(516) 432-9185
Activities: Special appearance by Santa, hot chocolate and other goodies will be provided for children.

Seventh Annual Tree Lighting
Date: 12/9/11
Time: 6pm-8pm
Place: Planting Field Arboretum State Historic Park
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
(516) 522-9200
Activities: Free activities, carolers and refreshments, and a visit from Santa in the main greenhouse classroom. The beautifully decorated Coe Hall Historic House Museum will be open.

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Maidstone Inn
Date: 12/11/11
Time: 4pm-6pm
Place: The Maidstone Inn
207 Main Street
East Hampton, NY
(631) 324-5006
Activities: A visit form Santa, cookie decorating, storytime, live chorus, refreshments and a raffle.







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