The Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays on Long Island
Whether it be lighting a menorah, advent wreath, or Kwanzaa candle, there's no denying light plays a major role in our holiday celebrations, especially at this time of year as we near the winter solstice, the longest night in the northern hemisphere. The digitized age has taken this tradition of lighting up the night into a performance art. Lights now dance and spin along to music—providing a virtual feast for the eyes. And these holiday lights shows are full-on destination stops with hot cocoa, ice skating and visits with Santa. And don't forget to also check out some of the Long Island homes with awesome holiday lights displays.
Girl Scout Camp Edey's Holiday Light Show
600 Lakeview Ave., Bayport
December 2 - December 30, 2013 (closed December 24 and 25)
Monday-Thursday $12 per car, Friday-Sunday $15 per car
The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County are putting on their ninth annual holiday light show, Long Island’s largest drive-through display: a mile-long trail illuminated with more than ten miles of lights and holiday vignettes. The event also features a holiday village where children can take photos with Santa, listen to music, enjoy hot cocoa, and scope out the Hall of Trees, an orchard of more than 50 decorated trees. Proceeds benefit Girl Scouts programs and outreach services.
Bayville Winter Wonderland
8 Bayville Ave, Bayville
Weekends November 29, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Fridays 6pm-10pm, Saturdays 12pm-10pm and Sundays 12pm-9pm
Check the website for select weeknight openings
$20 per person all inclusive for 5 attractions
Captain Bay's Yo-Ho Holiday Light Show
Beginning at 4pm, this pirate-themed light show tells the story of the pirates first Christmas. If you've been to the golf course before, there's not that much new to see here beside some lighted pirates, parrots and Santa atop a sleigh pulled by his reindeer, visible from the outside. The golf course though is filled with gruesome looking pirates and a very cool looking ship.
Santa's Toy Factory Fun House
This fun house is unlike any other I've ever seen. The brightly florescent colored walls can be seen in 3-D with glasses. Wander around through a hall of mirrors, very tricky if you keep you glasses on, and then onto Santa's workshop as you listen to the sounds from the north pole.
Blizzard Bay's Arctic Skating Adventure
They've slapped down a slab of plastic here, on which you can skate. Skating alone will cost you $8. but if you've purchased a ticket skates are included. I was told they often have marshmallows that you can roast on a hearth but they were out when we visited. The nice thing about the plastic is that you can walk on it with shoes, if you choose not to skate. I saw some parents helping kids with skates on, in sneakers or boots. Since I had an infant with me, I knew skating wasn't going to be an option for my older two, but they had a lot of fun racing around the "rink" in their shoes.
The Holiday Express Train Ride
This train is dressed up for the holidays. Enjoy a ride as you travel through a tunnel filled with holiday lights and loop the skating rink twice.
Magical Meeting with Santa
Have a visit with Santa and tell him all your heart desires. This is one of the nicest Santa's I've seen, he's got the ho-ho-ho down really great, and the package includes an actual visit. You get to spend a few minutes with Santa while he chats with you and gives the kids a candy cane. Pictures with Santa are an additional charge but ours came out really nice.
Huntington Harbor of Lights Holiday Boat Parade
November 29, 2013 6pm-7:30pm
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Huntington Harbor Boat Parade of Lights moves through Huntington Harbor and can be viewed from almost any place on the shore for free. All proceeds from the event benefit the Huntington Lighthouse.
Newsday's Holiday Lights Festival [Canceled for 2013]
235 Pinelawn Rd. Melville
Thursdays 6–10pm, Fridays 6–11PM, Saturdays 5–11pm,
Adults $6, children 2–12 $4; additional $2 for ice-skating
Presented by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Lord and Taylor, visitors can walk through a huge interactive winter wonderland with 58 new exhibits, visit Santa at the cozy kids' activity center, enjoy carnival games, crafts, and shops. Last year more than 30,000 people visited this event and this year promises to be even bigger, with more than 100 dazzling lights displayed over 1,200 feet.For an additional $2, take a spin on the outdoor skating rink. $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to Newsday's Help a Family campaign, helping Long Island families in need.
Originally published December 3, 2012