Free Things to Do With Kids on Long Island in December

Free Things to Do With Kids on Long Island in December

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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
AGES: All
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. macys.com/santaland.

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
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet Santa and don't forget to bring your camera.
WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066. hicksnurseries.com.

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

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
AGES: All
WHAT: Santa arrives at the lighthouse in this holiday event.
WANT TO GO? 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

Holiday Open House FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 10, 12-4pm
WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, NY
AGES: All
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. heckscher.org.

Annual Menorah Lighting FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 16, 4-6pm
WHERE: Heritage Center, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai, NY
AGES: All
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. msheritagetrust.org.

Gingerbread Wars FREE
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 22, 7-8pm
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
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. riverheadlibrary.org.

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
AGES: All
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. queensfarm.org.

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

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