Long Island Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Guide 2017

Skip the New York City crowds this year and celebrate the holidays a little closer to home. Take advantage of the countless Long Island Christmas tree and menorah lightings filled with festive activities for all ages. These can’t-miss-events are spreading holiday cheer all throughout the island.

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Northport

What: Northport Village Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling
Where: Northport Village Park
When: Friday, Nov. 24, 7pm
Why go: Sponsored by the Northport Fire Department and the Northport Chamber of Commerce, the night will include caroling and the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. Click to go

Babylon 

What: Tree Trimming at Fire Island Lighthouse
Where: Fire Island Lighthouse (4640 Captree Island)
When: Saturday, Nov. 25, 10am-3pm
Why go: Start the holiday season off right by helping decorate the Fire Island Lighthouse Christmas tree. Bring a nautical-themed ornament to hang on the tree and enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies. Click to go

Huntington

What: Town of Huntington Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
Where: Town of Huntington
When: Sunday, Nov. 25, parade starts at 5pm
Why go: Enjoy the Merry Melodies Holiday Parade featuring Mike DelGuidice of Billy Joel tribute band Big Shot. Then enjoy the Wall Street Festival and Tree Lighting with music, entertainment, hot chocolate and visits with Santa. Click to go

Sayville

What: Sayville’s 11th Annual Miracle on Main Street
Where: Main Street
When: Saturday, Nov. 25, 10am-9pm
Why go: The Town of Sayville will mark the beginning of the holiday season with a parade, Winter Wonderland in celebration of Small Business Saturday, a tree lighting, live reindeer and a visit from Santa. Click to go

Southampton

What: Annual Parade of Lights & Christmas Tree Lighting
Where: Parade route: Windmill Lane around the village to Agawam Park
When: Saturday, Nov. 25, 4:30-5pm
Why go: The “Parade of Lights” will feature decorated fire trucks and make its way through the town of Southampton. Immediately after, enjoy caroling by VOSH and MOSH while the Christmas tree is lit. A holiday reception will follow at the Southampton Cultural Center. Click to go

Holtsville

What: Town of Brookhaven’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Where: Holtsville Ecology Site (249 Buckley Road)
When: Friday, Dec. 1, 6pm-8pm
Why go: Ring in the holiday season with costume characters, holiday entertainment and a walk through the light show preview all while enjoying hot chocolate and candy canes. Santa Claus will also make his grand entrance in a helicopter. Click to go

Orient 

What: Orient Beach State Park’s 2017 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Where: Orient Beach State Park (40000 Main Road)
When: Friday, Dec. 1, 6:30pm
Why go: Back for its 31st year, the Orient Beach State Park Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature a holiday performance by the local elementary school while Santa lights the holiday tree. Click to go

North Babylon

What: Belmont Lake State Park’s 2017 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Where: Belmont Lake State Park (Southern State Parkway Exit 38)
When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 4:15pm
Why go: This popular holiday tree lighting ceremony will include an ice sculptor, elementary school students performing holiday songs, figurine displays, lighting of the tree by Santa and a fireworks display. Click to go

Farmingdale

What: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Advent Tree Lighting and Wreath Making Festival
Where: St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 4-6:15pm
Why go: From 4-5pm, partake in advent wreath-making, ornament decorating, children’s games and card writing to an active military service member. Visit St. Nicholas for a treat and a photo. End the night with the lighting of the tree at 5:45pm. Click to go

Stony Brook 

What: Stony Brook Holiday Festival
Where: Stony Brook Village Center (111 Main Street)
When: Sunday, Dec. 3, 1-6pm
Why go: Enjoy live music, a model train display and a promenade of over 70 individually decorated trees. View Wiggs Opticians festively decorated holiday windows and stay to see Santa arrive on a fire truck and light the holiday tree. Click to go

Merrick

What: Chanukah Wonderland, Parade, and Performance
Where: Chabad Center for Jewish Life
When: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 5-7pm
Why go: Celebrate with Chabad Center for Jewish Life by lighting the menorah to commemorate the first night of Hanukkah. Click to go

Saint James 

What: Menorah Lighting
Where: Triangle at Lake Avenue and Moriches Road and Route 25A
When: Tuesday, Dec. 12-Tuesday, Dec. 19, 5:30pm (Note: Friday, Dec. 15 lighting is at 4pm)
Why go: Celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah by lighting the menorah in Saint James. There will be goodies for all. Click to go

North Brookhaven

What: Menorah Lighting at the Train
Where: The Chamber Train Car at the corner of rt. 347 and rt. 112
When: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4-5pm
Why go: Join the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce at sundown for light refreshments and a ceremony as the menorah is lit. Click to go 

Cutchogue

What: Hanukkah Candle Lighting
Where: North Fork Reform Synagogue
When: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4-5pm
Why go: North Fork Reform Synagogue will be hosting a candle lighting ceremony in celebration of the first night of Hanukkah. Click to go