We’ve rounded up the best holiday events happening on Long Island this month!
Jones Beach Magic of Lights
Jones Beach State Park
1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Sunday-Thursday 5-10 pm, Friday-Saturday 5-11 pm. Drive through 2.5 miles of light displays then stop at the Jolly Holly Festival Village and grab some hot chocolate and pics with Santa. Price per car is $25 Mon-Thurs and $30 Fri-Sun. $20 in advance (any day.)
Bayville Winter Wonderland
Bayville Adventure Park
8 Bayville Ave, Bayville, NY 11709
Fridays 6-10 pm, Saturdays 3-10 pm and Sundays 3-9 pm. Admission includes Santa’s Toy Factory Funhouse, Captain Bay’s Yo-Ho Holiday Light Show, Bayville Holiday Express Train Ride, A Magical Meeting with Santa, Arctic Ice Skating Adventure, Bradley Bay’s Rock Climbing, Holiday Character Meet and Greet, Arts and Crafts and Storytelling. Tickets are $23.75 for adults and $20.75 for kids 8 and younger.
Long Beach Boardwalk Lights
Long Beach Blvd to Magnolia Blvd
Every evening beginning at 5 pm. Boardwalk Lights is a free holiday nautical and holiday-themed light show display on the boardwalk, Park Avenue, The West End, and The East End. Families looking for a little extra holiday spirit during the holiday season are invited to stroll the area and then visit the great local restaurants and shops throughout the city.
Holiday Light Spectacular
Holtsville Ecology Site
249 Buckley Rd, Holtsville, NY 11742
Fridays & Saturdays 5-9 pm and Sunday 5-8 pm through December 22. Visitors to the annual Brookhaven Holiday Light Spectacular can enjoy an indoor, walk-through holiday light show filled with festive exhibits and displays for the holidays. Photos with Santa are available for purchase, as are light concessions. Admission is $6.00 or free for kids 3 and under.
The Magical Polar Express
96 Main Rd, Riverhead, NY 11901
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7-9:30 pm. Additional times may be available. Depart from the Riverhead Depot and travel north, interacting with a character from the movie and listening to a reading of The Polar Express. When you arrive at the North Pole, you will disembark the trolley and visit with Santa; where he and the elves will entertain you and your family. In addition, he will be giving children the first gift of Christmas! Finish the night with hot cocoa and cookies. $57.00 per person, includes transportation, first gift for the kids, and refreshments. Children must be 2 years or older.
Girl Scouts Holiday Light Show
Smith County Point Park
1 William Floyd Pkwy, Shirley, NY 11967
Nightly at 5 pm. Drive through 1.5 miles of light displays, vignettes and holiday scenes presented by Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. $20 per car, credit or debit only.
Riverhead Holiday Light Show
Long Island Sports Park
149 Edwards Ave, Calverton, NY 11933
Open most nights at 5 pm. The largest drive-through light show in Suffolk, featuring dozens of displays and more than a million lights. Tickets are $25 or $23 online.