Free Things to Do With Kids on Long Island in December

Free Things to Do With Kids on Long Island in December

They say the best things in life are free, and these family- and kid-friendly activities on Long Island, including things to do in Nassau County and Suffolk County, are no exception this December.

Santaland FREE
WHEN: Nov. 24 - Dec. 24, daily, see website for store hours
WHERE: Macy's, 151 W. 34th St., 8th Floor, Midtown, NY
WHAT: Visitors will wander through a 13,000-square-foot Christmas Village filled with holiday treasures, the biggest of which is Santa Claus himself. After meeting Santa, guests can buy a photo package. Visits are by reservations only this year.
WANT TO GO? 212-494-4495.

Meet Santa in Person FREE
WHEN: Nov. 24 - Dec. 22, Monday-Friday, 1-4pm and 5-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm and 2-6pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY
WHAT: Meet Santa and don't forget to bring your camera.
WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066.

Gingerbread House Contest & Bake Sale FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 3, 1-4pm
WHERE: Pagan-Fletcher Restoration, 143 Hendrickson Ave., Valley Stream, NY
WHAT: Vote for your favorite house and watch an icing demonstration at 2pm.
WANT TO GO? 516-872-4159.

Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 9, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island, NY
WHAT: Santa arrives at the lighthouse in this holiday event.
WANT TO GO? 631-661-4876.

Holiday Open House FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 10, 12-4pm
WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, NY
WHAT: Festive activities include designing a winter scene in a snow globe, playing on Lite Brite stations, posing for seasonal selfies, and creating art on the digital action painter.
WANT TO GO? 631-351-3250.

Annual Menorah Lighting FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 16, 4-6pm
WHERE: Heritage Center, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai, NY
WHAT: Celebrate the start of the Festival of Lights at the annual Heritage Trust menorah lighting, hosted by the Temple Beth Emeth.
WANT TO GO? 631-509-0882.

Gingerbread Wars FREE
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 22, 7-8pm
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead, NY
WHAT: Join this fun night where you will build and decorate a gingerbread house to take home for the holidays.
WANT TO GO? 631-727-3228.

Holiday Open House FREE
WHEN: Dec. 26 - 28, Tuesday-Thursday, 12-4pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY
WHAT: Warm up by the fireplaces of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at this celebrated annual event. Take a tour of this historic landmark building and enjoy seasonal kids' crafts and hot mulled cider throughout the afternoon.
WANT TO GO? 718-347-3276.

Animated Musical Double Feature FREE
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 29, 1-5pm
WHERE: Bellrose Library, 250-06 Hillside Ave., Bellrose, NY
WHAT: Enjoy a year-end animated musical double feature of Moana and Sing.
WANT TO GO? 718-831-8644.

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