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Special Hicks Christmas Activities

Thru Dec. 31/WESTBURY – In the Christmas Gallery  of Hicksnurseries is an all new animated children’s  story. This walkthrough Christmas story features Santa, his elves and friends as they prepare for the big day! A festive animated story for the young and young at heart! Please bring your donation of a non-perishable food item(s) for Long Island Cares and drop off at the end of your walkthrough. Have your picture taken with Santa; mail a letter to Santa and get a reply. A live brass band will perform from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 25 – Dec. 17 and a Christmas Choir will perform 4-8 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 3. All events are free. See for details.


Holiday Train Show

Nov. 17 – Jan. 15/BRONX – 10 am-6 pm at the New York Botanical Garden. See more than 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys hum along nearly a half-mile of track. Don’t forget to look up—NYC bridges come together to create an aerial display of trains soaring overhead! More than 190 scaled iconic buildings and structures such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and the Statue of Liberty are displayed under thousands of twinkling lights. Tickets are $35 and available for purchase at

Magic of Lights

Nov. 17- Dec. 30/WANTAGH – 5-10 p.m. (11 p.m. Fri. & Sat. ) at Jones Beach State Park. Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Long Island’s favorite holiday tradition. One carload, one price. Jones Beach; $25-$30 per car.


Holiday Village Stroll

Dec. 8-10/LAKE PLACID-

Make your holidays merry and bright in Lake Placid this December!
A Lake Placid tradition, the Holiday Village Stroll is a family and couples weekend set in the fairy-tale winter wonderland of Lake Placid, New York. Stroll spans three days and includes events like a skating party, photos with Santa, a free movie showing, and a scavenger hunt.
Please note that the activities and schedule are subject to change, and we always encourage calling ahead for any reservations needed.
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A Gilded Age Christmas 

nov. 24- Dec. 31/STAATSBURG

Reservations begin Nov. 10 for Staatsburgh’s “A Gilded Age Christmas!”

Enjoy Staatsburgh’s beautiful interiors, with their original furniture, art and decor lavishly decorated for the holiday season. Open Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed Dec. 24 and 25; open every day from Dec. 27-31). Special programs for all ages and evening hours. Click here for more information and to make the required reservations.


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