101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun on Long Island - 2021 | Kids Out and About Long Island

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun on Long Island - 2021

KidsOutAndAbout is Long Island's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! he activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Now thru Dec 12, 2021 Letters To Santa- Riverhead
Various Days Starting Nov 6, 2021 Photos with Santa at Santa's Christmas Tree Farm LI
Nov 15-Dec 18, 2021 Santa's Mailbox at Hicks
Nov 15- Dec 24, 2021 Santa at Roosevelt Field
Multiple Days Starting Nov 26, 2021 Santa Returns to Hicks Nurseries!
Nov 28, 2021 SANTA PARADE - Port Jefferson
Dec 4, 2021 Santa, Trains, Old Fashioned Sleigh Rides & Hot Cocoa - Longwood Estate
Dec 4, 5, 11, 12, 19, 2021 Brunch with Santa- The Milleridge Inn
Dec 5, 2021 Santa Brunch at The Long Island Aquarium
Dec 12 and 19, 2021 Santa Brunch - Powder Ridge

 

Old-Time Christmas

Multiple Days starting Nov 26, 2021 Milleridge Holiday Village - Milleridge Inn
Dec 9, 2021 (Virtual Event) Christmas on a Whaleship - Or Not! (Online)
Multiple Days starting Dec 9, 2021 Home for The Holidays at Coe Hall
Dec 11, 2021 Flying Santa Reenactment - Fire Island

 

Light Displays

 

Nov 15 - Dec 31, 2021 Christmas Animated Walk-Thru - Hicks
Select dates Nov 19, 2021 through Jan 9, 2022 Holiday Lights - The Bronx Zoo
Select dates starting Nov 20, 2021 Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens
Nov 26, 2021 Tree Lighting at The The Milleridge Inn
Nov 27-28, 2021 Lighting The Light - Montauk Lighthouse
Multiple Dates starting Nov 27, 2021 Bright Lights, Magical Holiday Celebration
Nov 27 - Jan 9, 2022 (Closed Dec 24, 25, 31, Jan 1) Suffolk County Girls Scouts present: Holiday Light Show
Dec 1, 2, 3, 4,  2021 Town of Babylon Holiday Drive-Thru Experience
Dec 3, 2021 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Dec 4, 2021 Tree Lighting Ceremony at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Dec 4, 2021 Christmas in the Garden - Queens Botanical Garden
Dec 5, 2021 Ronkonkoma Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec 10, 2021 Christmas Tree Lighting - Holtsville Ecology Site
Dec 10, 2021 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - Planting Fields Arboretum
Dec 10 - 12 and 17 - 19, 2021 Bayville Haunted Christmas

 

Living Nativities

Dec 4,5,10,11, 2021 Drive Through Live Nativity- Hosted by Stony Brook Christian Assembly

 

Holiday Theatre

Multiple Days starting Nov 20, 2021 Disney's Beauty & The Beast in The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
Nov 28, 2021 Screening of "The Polar Express" & Photos with Santa - Patchogue Theatre
Dec 2, 2021 A Magical Cirque Christmas - Tilles Center
Dec 4, 2021 Ovations & Diamond Dance Academy Presents The Nutcracker - Patchogue Theatre
Multiple Days Starting Dec 4, 2021 Disney's Frozen Jr. in The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
Dec 17, 2021 The Gateway Presents: Holiday Spectacular On Ice at The Patchogue Theatre
Dec 18, 2021 Eglevsky Ballet in The Nutcracker at Tilles Center
Dec 20, 2021 CM Performing Arts Presents: The Grinch Story Book Experience in The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 27, 2021 Brass Band - Hick's
Nov 28, 2021 Canadian Brass - Tilles Center
Nov 29, 2021 Atalntic Wind Symphony - Patchogue Theatre
Dec 3, 2021 Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony - Tilles Center
Dec 5, 2021 Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2021 - Tilles Center
Dec 10, 2021 EILEEN IVERS “JOYFUL CHRISTMAS” - Patchogue Theatre
Dec 11, 2021 Broadway Holiday - Tilles Center
Dec 18, 2021 A Virtual Laurie Berkner Family Concert

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Opening Nov 6, 2021 Santa's Christmas Tree Farm
Sat and Sun Nov 20 - Dec 19, 2021 Carter Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farm
Nov 26 - Dec 24, 2021 Dart's Christmas Tree Farm
Nov 26 - Dec 24, 2021 Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
Opening Nov 26, 2021 Mike's Christmas Tree Farm
  Christmas at Hicks

Hanukkah

Nov 21, 2021 Menorah Workshop - The Whaling Museum
Nov 28, 2021 Ronkonkoma Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
Nov 28, 2021 Menorah Car Parade followed by Grand Menorah Lighting Celebration - Chai Center
Nov 28, 2021 Chanukah Community Celebration- Chabad Center for Jewish Life
Nov 29, 2021 Menorah Lighting - Brookhaven Town Hall
Dec 5, 2021 Chanukah Wonderland! -- Chai Center

 

Ice Skating***Due to Covid restrictions Skating may be limited

  Iceland
  City Ice Pavilion
  Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center
  Christopher Morley Outdoor Skating Rink
  Grant Park Skating Rink
  Deer Park Tanger Ice Rink
  Abe Stark Rink
  Syosset-Woodbury Community Park
  Buckskill Ice Rink
  Marjorie R. Post Community Park Ice Rink
Opening Nov 26, 2021 The Rinx at Harborfront Park
Select dates starting Dec 3, 2021 Bayville Winter Wonderland

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 13, 2021

East Islip Craft & Gift Fair

Nov 20, 21, 2021

Hauppauge Craft & Gift Fair

Nov 26, 27, 28, 2021 Special Shopping Days at Sagtikos
Nov 26, 27; Dec 3, 4, 2021 Carriage House Holiday Shop and Designer Tree Auction - Southampton History Museum
Nov 26, 27, 28; Dec 4, 5, 2021 Country Parlor Holiday Gift Show- Hallockville Museum Farm
Nov 27, 2021 Selden Craft & Gift Fair at Newfield High School
Nov 27 - 28, 2021 Christkindl Markt - Plattduetsche Park
Dec 4, 5, 2021 Smithtown Craft & Gift Fair at Smithtown East High School
Dec 11, 2021 Festival of Games - A Holiday Shopping and Gaming Event - Cradle of Aviation Museum
Dec 11 - 12, 2021 Northport Craft Fair
Dec 12 and 19, 2021 Mountainside Holiday Market at Powder Ridge

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2021 Fishes & Wishes – New Year’s Eve at Long Island Aquarium
Dec 31, 2021 Family New Year's Eve Party- Bayville Adventure Park
Dec 31, 2021 New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade at Ski Sundown
Dec 31, 2021 New Year’s Eve Celebration at Windham Mountain

 

New Year's Day Hikes

Jan 1, 2022

First Day Hike - Hempstead Lake State Park

Jan 1, 2022

First Day Hike - Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

Jan 1, 2022

First Day Hike - Orient Beach State Park

Jan 1, 2022

First Day Hike - Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Jan 1, 2022

First Day Hike - Bethpage State Park

Jan 1, 2022

Seal Walk at Montauk Point State Park

Jan 1, 2022

First Day Hike - Jones Beach State Park

Jan 1, 2022

First Day Hike - Hallock State Park Preserve

Jan 1. 2022

First Day Hike - Montauk Point State Park

Miscellaneous

Nov 14 - Jan 3, 2021

Christmas Animated Story at Hicks

Nov 21, 2021 Holiday Princess Tea Party - Long Island Aquarium
Order Ahead- pick up Nov 25, 2021

Milleridge Take-Home Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2021 (Reservations Required)

Thanksgiving Dinner 2021 at the Milleridge

Nov 26, 2021

Black Friday Art Camp- Creatively Wild

Multiple Dates Starting Nov 26, 2021

GingerBread Lane @ Long Island Children's Museum

Dec 4, 2021 A Very Special Story Time - Earth Arts
Dec 5, 2021 Seashell Celebration & Ornament Workshop - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum & Education Center
Dec 12-18 and Dec 26-31, 2021 Holiday Train Display - Longwood Estate
Dec 27, 28, 29, 2021 Winter Solstice Celebration - Vanderbilt Museum
Dec 28 and 30, 2021 Build-A-Boat Workshop at The Whaling Museum

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