The holidays are upon us
Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone (center) and Legis. Kate Browning (far left) are joined by Suffolk County Girl Scout members and officials at last year’s opening of the Girl Scouts Holiday Light Show at Smith Point County Park. The event will be open this year beginning Dec. 1.

Photo provided by Suffolk County

The holidays are upon us


ISLIP TOWN—Thanksgiving will soon be a memory, but the holiday season has only just begun. So put away the turkey and autumn decorations and get ready to break out the December trimmings as the season of lights is almost here.

There are many exciting festivities planned for the entire month. Here’s a listing of some of those events.


Bay Shore

Shop & Stroll takes place on Saturday, Nov. 25, which happens to be Small Business Saturday. Lots of special sales will be going on around town that day. At 5 p.m. the annual Winter Festival, which is hosted by the Bay Shore Beautification Society, will be held on Main Street at the Band Shell. School choirs and dance groups will entertain and both Santa and Frosty will arrive by fire truck. The culmination of the festivities will be the lighting of a Christmas tree and menorah in the park. Refreshments will also be served. This event is free, but there will be a collection of a new toy for Family Service League. Light the Night kits will be available for purchase as well for the event that will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 (first rain date, Saturday, Dec. 17; second rain date, Sunday, Dec. 18).

The Bay Shore Historical Society will open their doors to the festively decorated Gibson-Mack-Holt House for their annual Snowflake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take in the charming mid-19th-century décor while shopping for holiday gifts and home-baked goods. Catch a glimpse of a Victorian St. Nick, too. The house is located at 22 Maple Avenue.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, Southside Hospital on Main Street will host the Northwell Holiday Spectacular from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be lots of fun for kids and adults alike.

At Sagtikos Manor in West Bay Shore, the “Christmas is Coming” house tour will be held on the weekend of Dec. 9 and 10. Prepaid tours of the manor, which will be decorated to show preparations for the Christmas season through the ages, will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets to this event can be purchased by calling 631-321-6809 or emailing



The Islip Chamber of Commerce and Islip Town will once again host the annual holiday parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, featuring a number of marchers from various scout troops, schools and community groups. This event kicks off at 5 p.m. at Ocean Avenue and proceeds east on Main Street to Islip Town Hall, where there will be a tree and menorah lighting. The evening parade will feature illuminated floats.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet will host its 24th annual Holiday House Tour from 12 noon to 4 p.m., featuring historic and or architecturally significant homes in the hamlet that are decked out for the holidays. Tickets are $20 and available for purchase at Nook and Cranny, 469 Main Street.

In cooperation with the neighboring hamlets of Bay Shore and Brightwaters, Islip will participate in Light the Night on Sunday, Dec. 10 (first rain date, Saturday, Dec 17; second rain date, Sunday, Dec. 18). The luminaries will be lit beginning at 5 p.m. The kits are also available for purchase at Nook and Cranny. This year the proceeds of the kit sales will go to the Jeannette Feminella Scholarship fund.


East Islip

Brookwood Hall on Irish Lane in East Islip will host the fourth annual Festival of Trees on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 3-5:30 p.m. The Brookwood Hall Restoration Committee and Islip Arts Council invites local community groups, service organizations and chambers of commerce to decorate donated trees that will remain onsite and on display throughout the holiday season. There is a suggested donation. For more information, call 631-224-5420.

The East Islip Community Chamber will hold a tree-lighting ceremony at Memorial Park in Islip Terrace on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. The park is located at the intersection of Connetquot and Lowell avenues. There will be performances by dancers and school groups and a special appearance by Santa.


West Islip

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center will host Christmas Angels Tree Lighting, a celebration for the holidays, on Dec. 2 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. This event is free and will take place in the hospital’s front parking lot. There will be refreshments, activities, a visit from Santa and the blessing of the Christmas tree and life-sized Nativity display on the hospital’s front lawn.

On Sunday, Dec 3 at 4:30 p.m., the annual Festival of Lights will be held at Memorial Park, located at the intersection of Higbie Lane and Udall Road. Holiday songs will be performed by school groups, after which a Christmas tree and menorah will be lit. Santa then arrives by fire truck to help escort attendees back to the American Legion Post on Union Boulevard for refreshments. This event is cosponsored by the West Islip Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion Post 1738.

On Sunday, Dec. 10 (first rain date, Saturday, Dec. 17; second rain date, Sunday, Dec. 18), West Islip will be lit with luminaries for Light the Night beginning at 5 p.m.


Suffolk County

The 21st annual holiday tree lighting at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The festivities commence with Santa lighting the tree. Patrons can then visit the historic mansion on the premises that will be festively decorated.

There will be a “Silver and Gold Christmas” at the Suffolk County-owned Meadow Croft on Middle Road. The event, which is presented by the Bayport Heritage Association, is being held Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The former mansion of John E. Roosevelt and family will be decked out in Victorian/Edwardian splendor. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 for seniors and children ages 5- 12.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the event, “’Tis the Season” will take place at the Long Island Maritime Museum on West Avenue in West Sayville from 4 to 7 p.m. A celebration of Dutch heritage and traditions will include a lantern tour, ornament crafts, face painting and photos with Sinter Klaas. Long Island Resound Handbell Ensemble will perform and there will be light refreshments. A $5 fee includes a gift for each child.

The 14th annual Girl Scouts Holiday Light Show will be held at Smith Point County Park beginning on Dec. 1 through Dec. 30. All proceeds for the drive-through show benefit children’s services. For information on reserving tickets, call 631-543-6622 or email n