Long Island Christmas 2013 Events

first_imgWith Thanksgiving now in the rearview, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.Santa Claus is checking his list before coming to town, holiday parades are jingling all the way, the halls are being decked and Christmas trees are being lit up.Get in the holiday spirit at any one of these upcoming events across Long Island.December 1Holiday SpectacularTwo hour concert performed by the Long Island Philharmonic. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected by Island Harvest.The Butler Building, Mitchel Athletic Complex, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Uniondale. 4 p.m. 516-572-0400Admission is free but tickets are required. Free tickets are available at all Bethpage Federal Credit Union branches, as well as the Administration Building at Eisenhower Park and the Aquatic Center.December 2Menorah LightingRabbi Perl of Chabad of Mineola leads the ceremony.Eisenhower Park Field 2, East Meadow. 6 p.m. 516-572-0348. Free.December 3Holiday Tree LightingEisenhower Park Field 2, East Meadow. 5:30 p.m. 516-572-0348. Free.December 6Holiday Tree LightingBring a natural food ornament to decorate the Solstice Tree. Bring canned goods for those in need. Hot beverages sold after Santa lights the tree.Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 631-581-1002. Free www.bayardcuttingarboretum.comHoliday Tree LightingHoliday music performed by Oysterponds Elementary School students, hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Winter coat collection and Canned goods collectionOrient Beach State Park. 6:30 p.m. 631-323-2440. Free.December 7Holiday Tree LightingHoliday music chorus, ice sculpture demonstration, fireworks and Santa.Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon. 631-677-5055. Free.Santa in The ParkToys, candy, cookies, and hot chocolate will be distributed by Santa’s elves after Saint Nick arrives on a fire truck.Wantagh Park, Wantagh. 12 p.m. 516-572-0200. Free.December 13Holiday Tree LightingSpectacular Poinsetta Display in the Main Greenhouse. Eggnog, hot chocolate, cider, gingerbread men at Periwinkles Café. Winter coat collection and Canned goods collection.Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Parks, Oyster Bay. 6 p.m. 516-922-9200. Free.Candlelight Evenings19th Century entertainment in historic buildings lit by only candlelight. Holiday songs, Storytelling, Fiddle Music, Hot beverages.Old Bethpage Village Restoration. 5 p.m. 516-572-8400. 7 p.m. $10 adults, $7 seniors, firefighters. Through 15 and Dec. 20-22.December 21Town of Oyster Bay Holiday on Ice ShowKeeping with this being “the season of giving,” those attending the show are asked to bring two non-perishable food items to the show, which will be collected by Island HarvestTown of Ice Bay Center in Bethpage. 7 p.m. Free.Mail Letters To SantaColorful red and green “Mail Your Letters to Santa” mailboxes will be accessible from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the administration buildings of the following parks through Dec. 16:Cantiague Park in Hicksville 516-571-7056Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills 516-571-8113Grant Park in Hewlett 516-571-7821Rev. Arthur Mackey, Sr. Park in Roosevelt 516-571-8692Wantagh Park in Wantagh 516-571-7460Eisenhower Park’s Lannin House at Parking Field No. 6, in East Meadow 516-72-0348Nassau Aquatic Center at Parking Field No. 1A, in East Meadow 516-572-0501Nassau County Parks Department’s Administration Building in Eisenhower Park, in East Meadow 516-572-0396, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.All children who send letters to Santa will receive a reply in the form of a “Santa-Gram” from the North Pole, with Santa’s elves at the Parks Department pitching in to send cheery but noncommittal letters in response to children’s letters. To assure a reply, each letter must contain the child’s name and address, written legibly. There is no postage necessary for the Santa letters. The “Santa-Grams” will be sent before the holiday.TOYS FOR TOTS HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVEThrough Dec. 20Toys for Tots Holiday Gift Drive drop-off boxes for new, unwrapped toys will be located at the following Nassau County locations:East Meadow:Eisenhower Park, Main Lobby of Administration Building100 Carman Avenue, Main Lobby of Corrections/Sheriff’s DepartmentHempstead:40 Main Street, in front of Suite C Office16 Cooper Street, Main Lobby of Traffic and Parking Violations AgencyMineola:One West Street, Main Lobby1550 Franklin Avenue, Main Lobby of Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building1490 Franklin, Nassau County Police Department, 2nd Floor Training wing240 Old Country Road, Main Lobby262 Old Country Road, Main Lobby of District Attorney’s Office400 County Seat Drive, Nassau County Probation Department, Director’s Office200 County Seat Drive, Main Lobby of Consumer AffairsUniondale:60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Department of Social Services, outside cafeteria106 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Health Department, kitchenWestbury:1194 Prospect Avenue, DPW/Fire Marshal, 2nd Floor Reception Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more