Christmas and Hanukkah are almost upon us! As a way to usher in and celebrate the holiday season, there are tons of amazing festivities in our area that you don’t want to miss. Here are some of the very best holiday events on Long Island and Queens.
The Top Holiday Events for Christmas and Hanukkah
This year, start a new family tradition by visiting the fabulously decorated, kid-friendly Christmas display at Hick’s Nursery in Westbury.
“The Spirit of Christmas”
Your children will love “The Spirit of Christmas,” an animated story featuring life-sized animatronic characters. It’s completely free. All they ask is that you bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to Long Island Cares.
You can also meet Santa every day until December 23. The hours are as follows:
- Monday through Friday: 1 pm to 4 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm
Just make sure to bring your own camera!
Also, kids are welcome to mail a letter to Santa in Hick’s North Pole mailbox. If the envelope is addressed to your home with a postage stamp, they will even receive a response!
On weekends, there will be music from a brass band, as well as warm cups of hot chocolate and cider. To top it all off, Hick’s has trees and all of the essential holiday decorations that you’ll need!
BACH Menorah Lighting
Head out to Kennedy Plaza in Long Beach on Tuesday, December 16, for a menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebration, presented by the BACH Temple.
The event starts at 5 pm and will be led by Rabbi Goodman and feature several notable public dignitaries. Besides the actual menorah lighting itself, which will be lit every night of the holiday, there will be plenty of delicious treats, music and dancing.
Scrooge and Marley
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday performance to get you in the Christmas spirit, look no further than the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s production of “Scrooge and Marley.” Their rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Christmas Carol, will take place on Saturday, December 9 at noon.
The timeless story follows the transformation of an old bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, into a symbol of kindness and charity following several visits from some cautionary ghosts throughout the night.
For those that have never visited the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City, get ready for high-quality theatrical programming that gives a booming voice to Queens’ diverse community. Some say it even rivals the historic theatres of Manhattan! Tickets can be purchased here.
For all those scrambling to find the perfect festivities this December, you can’t go wrong with any of these three great holiday events!