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Where to Meet Santa on Long Island

Where to Meet Santa on Long Island

Here are some of the best places to meet Santa Claus in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Between your usual Christmas activities, like cutting your own tree or getting a jump on your holiday shopping, take some time to visit the man in the red suit! Luckily, there are so many places to meet Santa in Long Island, and we've put together a list of the best spots to meet and have photos taken with him in Nassau and Suffolk counties! Plus, check out our guides for ManhattanBrooklynQueens, and Staten Island, and Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties!

 

Photos with Santa in Nassau County

First Night and Tree Lighting
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 , 6:30-9pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy live holiday music, a performance by members of the Bethel Concert Choir, a visit from Santa Claus, a tree lighting ceremony, and refreshments.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The house will be enchantingly illuminated for this special evening!
WANT TO GO? $15; $8 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

 

FREE Santa Claus' Arrival
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 27 , 5pm
WHERE: Stew Leonard's, 261 Airport Plaza , Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Families are invited to take pictures with Santa at the event and enjoy a variety of holiday songs performed by Woodward Parkway Elementary School’s 3rd Grade Chorus.
WANT TO GO? 516-962-8210. stewleonards.com.

 

FREE Ride the Reindeer Crazy Christmas Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 , 1-5pm
WHERE: New Life Assembly of God, 816 Main St, Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Overcome the Mechanical Reindeer with the best time! Do you have what it takes to last the longest? Come out to test your skills on the Mechanical Reindeer and win the grand prize. Bring your family...they'll have a chance for a photo with Santa and so much more.
WANT TO GO? 516-694-3883. https://facebook.com/events/1871661692947452/.

 

Christmas at Westbury House
WHEN: Nov. 23- Dec. 23, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: With decorated period rooms, Santa, cookies, and cider, our holiday celebration is a must for the entire family.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free children 6 and younger. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

 

Holiday Tales at the Hearth
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2 , 1-4pm
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the holiday cheer at Hempstead House with a celebration of holiday traditions from around the world. Festive music will play, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit, and special guest readers will share favorite stories by the library’s roaring fireplace.
WANT TO GO? $20 per car. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

 

FREE Tree Lighting and Visit from Santa
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7 , 6pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy live music with Jack Kohl in the Great Hall and the House of the Red Hart Singers who will stroll around. Tree will be lit outside on the Camellia House Lawn at 6pm sharp and takes place outdoors!
WANT TO GO? 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.

 

Sensitive Breakfast with Santa Extravaganza (an autism friendly event)
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 8 , 9- 11:30 am
WHERE: The Mansion at Oyster Bay, 1 South Woods Rd, Woodbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Free Photo with Santa. Holiday boutique sale. Holiday craft activities for all. Face Painting! Santa’s Friends will be visiting too!
WANT TO GO? $29.99; children $19.99. 516-937-1397 x1328. eden2.org.

 

FREE Santa is Coming!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15 , 1-2:30pm
WHERE: The Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main Street, Port Washington
AGES: All
WHAT: Santa is coming over the river and through the woods straight to The Dolphin Bookshop. Santa will read a story and have a little treat for every child. Parents don't forget your camera.
WANT TO GO? 516-767-2650. thedolphinbookshop.com.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN: Dec. 15 -16, 10am and 12pm seatings on both December 15 and 16
WHERE: Stew Leonard's, 1897 Front St., East Meadow
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Get in the Christmas spirit! Families are invited to a special holiday breakfast and photo op with Santa and Wow the Cow. Purchase tickets via http://stewleonards.com/events-at-stew-leonards/ (filter events by store for the East Meadow location) or by searching for the event on Eventbrite.com.
WANT TO GO? $14.99; (includes children 12 and older), $12.99 children 11 and younger . 516-394-9001. stewleonards.com.

 

Holiday Festival at Coe Hall
WHEN: Dec. 8 -16, 11am-4pm 12/8, 12/9, 12/15, and 12/16
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience gorgeous Coe Hall decorated in holiday style and enjoy the holiday spirit! See Santa, children’s face painting, listen to the wonderful live music throughout the day by Jack Kohl (pianist), the Como Brothers and the House of the Red Hart singers. No reservations are necessary.
WANT TO GO? $10. 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.

 

FREE Meet Santa In-Person!
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 23 , Monday-Friday 1pm-4pm & 5pm-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm.
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet Santa in person! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066. HicksNurseries.com.

 

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra: Holiday Pops
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2 , 8pm
WHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post/720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: A heartwarming performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-along, and a visit from Santa Claus himself!
WANT TO GO? $52 and up. 516-299-3100. tillescenter.org.

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Photos with Santa in Suffolk County

Smithtown Children's Foundation 11th Annual Holiday Breakfast & Boutique
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 , 9am-1pm
WHERE: Great Hollow Middle School, 150 Southern Blvd., Nesconset
AGES: All
WHAT: There will be pictures with Santa, holiday shopping, face painting, gingerbread cookie deorating and more. Smithtown Children's Foundation provides financial and emotional support to children and families within the community.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Meeting Santa and giving back to your community is a wonderful holiday combo!
WANT TO GO? $16 pre-sale; $20 at the door; free for children younger than 4 . 516-521-7234. smithtownchildrensfoundation.com.

FREE Santa Claus' Arrival
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 27 , 5pm
WHERE: Stew Leonard's, 261 Airport Plaza , Farmingdale 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Families are invited to take pictures with Santa at the event and enjoy a variety of holiday songs performed by Woodward Parkway Elementary School’s 3rd Grade Chorus. 
WANT TO GO? 516-962-8210. stewleonards.com.

FREE Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2 , 5pm
WHERE: Heritage Center, 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Road , Mt. Sinai
AGES: All
WHAT: Drink hot chocolate and cookies, listen to Christmas carols and hang out with Santa Claus.
WANT TO GO? 631-509-0882. msheritagetrust.org.

Tree lighting Ceremony & Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 , 5-7pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Rte 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Santa Claus will light the Hatchery’s Christmas Tree at 5:30pm.
WANT TO GO? $6; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. 516-692-6768. cshfishhatchery.org.

Yuletide Family Fun Day
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2 , 1-3pm
WHERE: Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
AGES: All
WHAT: Activities include a holiday sing-along, visit with Santa, decorating a cookie and an ornament, face painting, old-time interactive games and guided tours.
WANT TO GO? $9 per child; chaperones free. 631-427-5240. waltwhitman.org.

FREE Holiday Festival 2018
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2 , 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: Stony Brook Village , 111 Main St., Stony Brook
AGES: All
WHAT: Don’t miss the 2nd annual “Legends and Spies” puppet parade. Stick around for a visit with Santa and the annual tree lighting.
WANT TO GO? 631-689-5888. stonybrookvillage.com.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 9 , 8am, 10am, 12pm
WHERE: Heritage Center, 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Road, Mt. Sinai
AGES: All
WHAT: This events includes a buffet breakfast, a family photo with Santa, and a favor for each child. Bring along a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry. Reservations required
WANT TO GO? $19; $15 children younger than 10; free for children younger than 2. 631-509-0882. msheritagetrust.org.

 

Santa Brunch
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16 , 10am; 12pm; 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main St., Riverhead
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a buffet brunch in the Sea Star Ballroom, make a special take-home holiday keepsake and bring the camera to capture a family photo with Santa.
WANT TO GO? $54.95; $26.95 children ages 3-12; $5 children younger than 3. 631-208-9200 . longislandaquarium.com.

 

Annual Brookhaven Town Holiday Spectacular
WHEN: Dec. 1 -16, Fridays and Saturdays 5-9 pm; Sundays 5-8pm
WHERE: Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy festive lighted displays for the holidays during this indoor, walk-through show. Photos with Santa available for additional fee.
WANT TO GO? $6; free for children younger than 4. 631-451-9276. brookhavenny.gov/holiday.

 

Santa's Winter Wonderland
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 23 , Weekends, 10:30-5:30
WHERE: White Post Farms of Melville, 250 Old Country Road, Melville
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit the animals, Santa, Monkey Barn and maybe even the outdoor Bird Aviary (weather permitting). Holiday craft included with admission. For an additional fee you can ride the Safari Express Train, take a pony ride or bottle feed a goat. All activities are in indoors and heated, except for the bird aviary.
WANT TO GO? $15.95 . 631-351-9373. whitepostfarms.com.

 

FREE Annual Tree Lighting
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 24 , 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
AGES: All
WHAT: This family-friendly event in the Mansion Courtyard features carol singing, cookies and hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
WANT TO GO? 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

FREE Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 , 4:15pm
WHERE: Belmont Lake State Park, 625 Belmont Road, North Babylon
AGES: All
WHAT: In addition to the holiday music and tree lighting by Santa Claus there is an ice sculptor, juggler, refreshments and fireworks.
WANT TO GO? 631-667-5055. nysparks.com.

 

FREE Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7 , 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Highway, Great River
AGES: All
WHAT: Join in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Bring canned goods or a new, unwrapped toy for those in need.
WANT TO GO? 631-581-1072. bayardcuttingarboretum.com/.

 

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