December is full of holidays and cheer. There are tons of holiday-themed activities for families throughout the entire month of December on Long Island including Santa Breakfasts, Gingerbread Decorating and more. Bring the kids out to one of these local activities to start the celebration now!
Saturday December 8th
Come enjoy bagels, donuts, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. Admission includes the “Winter Wonderland Hallway” Games. Visitors can purchase personalized hats and stockings, raffle tickets, Miller Place apparel, crafts, poinsettias and wreaths.
When: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Where: Andrew Muller Primary School, 65 Lower Rocky Point Road, Miller Place, NY 11764
How Much: $6 per person
Contact info: 631-474-2715
Santa Breakast Information
Sunday December 9th
Breakfast is a buffet breakfast complete with eggs, bacon, sausage, bagels, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea. Visitors can receive a free family photo with Santa and a gift for each child. Please bring along a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry. Reservations are required. Required: fill out the form found here and bring it into the center. They will not take reservations/payment over the phone.
When: 2:00 PM
Where: Heritage Park, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai
How Much: Children 2 and under free, children 3 to 12 years $11.00, Adults $16.00
Contact info: 631-509-0882
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Saturday, December 15th
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in the waterfront Sea Star Ballroom in the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead. Bring a camera to for a photo with Santa! Reservations are required. Don’t forget to ask about the Santa Sleepover at the adjacent Hyatt Place East End & Resort Marina!
When: 10:00 AM and 11:45 AM
Where: Sea Star Ballroom in the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, 431 East Main Street Riverhead, NY
How Much: Children 3-12 & Seniors 62+: $29.95 (Members: $19.95) Adults: $34.95 (Members: $24.95), Children 2 & Under are free
Contact info: 631-208-9200, ext. 426
Wednesday, December 12
Come visit Longwood Estates for a gingerbread house craft ideal for ages 2 and up. Please register for the event by calling the phone number below.
When: 10 AM-10:30 AM
Where: Longwood Estates, corner of Ridge Road and Longwood Road, Ridge, NY
How Much: $10 per child
Contact info: 631-924-1820
5 Days a Week Through the Holidays
Gingerbread House or Gingerbread Family Decoration is a fun way to spend time with friends or family, and Sweets of the Spoon supplies everything (including the clean up). Participants get a gingerbread house assembled and ready to decorate, candy and icing “glue.” Sweets of the Spoon will then wrap it up for customers to bring home or to give to a friend.
When: Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Fridays and Saturday sessions are at 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Where: Sweets of the Spoon, 597 Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY
How Much: $24.95, must be paid in advance
Contact info: 631-849-4771
Lights, Lights and More Lights!
Girl Scouts Of Suffolk County Holiday Light Show
The Holiday Light Show, Long Island’s largest and brightest, is back for its ninth consecutive year. It brings all the magic with even more fun and surprises! Drive through a mile-long wooded trail filled with dazzling light displays and holiday vignettes.
When: Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, December 30 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Closed Dec 24th and 25th)
Where: Lakeview Ave., Bayport, NY
How Much: $12 per car (Mon-Thurs.) and $15 per car (Fri., Sat., Sun.)
Newsday Holiday Lights Festival
The Newsday Holiday Lights Festival is back again this year and it is better than before. Newsday has added 58 additional light displays almost doubling the displays they had before. At the festival, visitors will see traditional light displays of Santa, Christmas trees, a Hanukkah Menorah and a Kwanzaa Kinara, among others. There are also fun light displays such as penguins skating, Santa playing baseball, and a dinosaur eating a Christmas tree.
When: Fridays through Sundays, 6 pm to 10 pm, from now until December 30
Where: Newsday Headquarters, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY
How Much: $7 for adults and $5 for children
Read our full review of the Newsday Holiday Lights Festival here
By Tara Arichabala