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by Karen Demeter and Dee Saunders

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Looking for Christmas tree-lighting ceremonies on Long Island in December 2012? Here are 6 festivals for families in Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, East Hampton, North Bellmore, Old Westbury, and Oyster Bay.


Old Westbury Gardens Christmas treeSleigh bells are ringing and the holidays are here! Celebrate the season at one of these Christmas tree-lighting ceremonies on Long Island, many of which include extra holiday goodies like cocoa and cookies, Santa appearances, and caroling.


First Night and Tree Lighting

Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury

Dec. 1

Westbury House will be filled with live holiday music and the evening will feature a performance by members of the Bethel Concert Choir, a visit by Santa Claus, a tree-lighting ceremony on the South Terrace at 8:15pm, and light refreshments. Registration required.


Tree Lighting in the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard

Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport

Dec. 1

Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and the singing of carols and a performance by the Northport Chorale. FREE!


Santa at the Long Island fish hatchery aquariumHatchery Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, Cold Spring Harbor

Dec. 1

Visit with Santa and celebrate the lighting of the Hatchery Christmas tree.


Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Extravaganza

Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores, North Bellmore

Dec. 7

Celebrate the holidays with a horse and carriage ride down Bedford Avenue, or take a trolley ride with your family on a short tour of local residential streets to view the holiday decorations. Local groups will perform festive music and KJOY 98.3 and WCBS FM will be on site broadcasting the event.


Eighth Annual Tree Lighting and Visit from Santa

Coe Hall Mansion, Oyster Bay

Dec. 7

Enjoy free holiday activities in the mansion and watch Santa arrive at 6pm to light a magnificent evergreen tree. FREE!


Annual Tree Lighting at The Maidstone

The Maidstone, East Hampton

Dec. 9

The tree lighting event will feature activities such as live holiday music from a local choir, visits with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday refreshments, and more. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the East Hampton Food Pantry. There will also be a toy drive for Toys for Tots. A collection box will be available for new unwrapped toys throughout the holiday season. FREE!


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