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
Place: Veterans Memorial
Corner of Bedford and Broadway in Bellmore Village
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
Place: Belmont Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway, exit 38
North Babylon, NY 11703
Activities: A visit from Santa and his helpers, wagon rides, ice sculptures, carolers, fireworks, holiday displays and music.
First Night and Tree Lighting
Place: Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
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
Place: Stony Brook Village Center
105 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY
Activities: Music, puppet shows, acrobats, holiday tree competition, a visit from Santa and more. Tree lighting is at 5:30pm.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Time: from 4:30pm
Place: Blumenfeld Family Park
Port Washington, NY
Activities: Live nativity, community singing, refreshments and a visit from Santa.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Dessert Reception and Christmas Tree Lighting
Place: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
252 Rushmore Avenue
Carle Place, NY 11514
Activities: Tree lighting at 5pm. Christmas music, ice cream, cake & beverages.
Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara Lighting Ceremony
Place: Hempstead Town Hall
1 Washington Street
(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
Place: The Saloon
1016 West Beech Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
Activities: Special appearance by Santa, hot chocolate and other goodies will be provided for children.
Seventh Annual Tree Lighting
Place: Planting Field Arboretum State Historic Park
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
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
Place: The Maidstone Inn
207 Main Street
East Hampton, NY
Activities: A visit form Santa, cookie decorating, storytime, live chorus, refreshments and a raffle.