The holidays are upon us

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The holidays are upon us


ISLIP TOWN—It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays as decorations are beginning to pop up just about everywhere. Even the weather is cooperating, with a sudden dip in temperatures and with a little bit of the white stuff, too. Here are some of the fun activities being planned for the coming month.


Saturday, Nov. 24

The holiday festivities will kick off in Bay Shore for the Shop & Stroll Downtown for Small Business Saturday. It will be followed at 3:30 p.m. with the Winter Festival, hosted by the Bay Shore Beautification Society. This event features community caroling, refreshments and entertainment by the YMCA Dance Program. Santa and Frosty will arrive by fire truck to the delight of children of all ages. Remember to bring a new toy for Family Service League’s collection. After their arrival, a tree and menorah-lighting ceremony will be held at Dr. King Park.

The annual Christmas Boat Parade and Grucci Fireworks will take place on the Connetquot River. The boat parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin to fill the sky at 7 p.m.

Viewing locations are: The Snapper Inn, View, Oakdale Yacht, Nicoll’s Point Marina, Vanderbilt’s Wharf, Great River Town Ramp and Timberpoint Country Club. For more information, go to

Rain date for this event is Sunday, Nov. 25.


Thursday, Nov. 29

The 15th annual Girl Scout Holiday Light Show will begin at Smith Point County Park. Drive through a winter wonderland of holiday lights. All proceeds from the show benefit children’s services. The Holiday Village will be back as well and Santa will be there, too. Cost is $20 per car; $40 for minibus. For more information, visit


Saturday, Dec. 1

The Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River will begin hosting afternoon and evening Holiday House Tours of the mansion known as Westbrook, Wednesday through Sunday by reservation only. The afternoon tours are $15 and the evening tours are $20. To make a reservation call 631-581-1002.

The Bay Shore Historical Society will host their annual Snowflake Sale and Bake Sale at the Gibson-Mack-Holt House located at 22 Maple Avenue, Bay Shore, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Christmas at Meadow Croft, the Suffolk County-owned historic property in Sayville, will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2. The former estate of John Ellis Roosevelt will be dressed in holiday decorations for a special tour of the historic home. There will be an opportunity to have a picture taken with St. Nick in the jolly old elf’s workshop in the Carriage House. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

The Islip Chamber of Commerce will host the annual holiday parade and tree lighting beginning at 5 p.m. Parade kickoff, which will feature floats decorated in holiday lights, will begin at Ocean Avenue and travel along Main Street to Town Hall, where a tree-lighting ceremony will be held.

For more information, go to


Sunday, Dec. 2

The Historical Society of Islip Hamlet will host the 25th annual Holiday House Tour from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Several historical or architecturally significant homes and a hamlet church will be open for tours given by guides in period costume. There will be refreshments, entertainment and raffles available for purchase as well. 

Tickets are available at Nook and Cranny on Main Street, Islip. Cost is $25 in advance/ $30 on the day of the tour. 

The Friends of Connetquot River State Park and Preserve have been decorating holiday trees that are placed throughout the main building. The building will be open to view the multi-themed trees, visit with St. Nick and enjoy some light refreshments from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under age 13.

There will be a menorah-making workshop for kids held at the Bay Shore Home Depot from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The event is free, but an adult should accompany each child.  Hot latkas and donuts will be served. For more information, go to


Friday, Dec. 7

The Islip Arts Council will host the annual Orphans Tree Lighting at Brookwood Hall at 7 p.m. This event, which is co-sponsored by the East Islip Historical Society, celebrates the orphans that once resided at Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane in East Islip.

The Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River will host a community sing-along and tree-lighting ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. to light the tree. Hot cocoa will also be served. All activities will be outdoors, so dress accordingly.


Saturday, Dec. 8

The Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville will host “’Tis the Season” from 4 to 7 p.m. This event includes a lantern tour, holiday crafts, a handbell ensemble, hot cocoa, and keeping with the Dutch traditions in the area, a special visit from Sinterklaas.

The museum will be collecting Toys for Tots during this event. Admission is $5 and includes a gift for each child. Reservations are required. Call 631-854-4974 for information.

A White House Christmas Tradition Holiday House Tour will be held at Sagtikos Manor in West Bay Shore. The tour runs both Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (tours leave every 15 minutes).

Experience the White House through the eyes of America’s First Ladies while touring decorated rooms in the historic house led by costumed docents. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Admission is $25 per adult; $20 seniors (60 and over); and $8 for students and children age 5 to 12.

Go to for more information or to book a tour. 

Sunday, Dec. 9

A plethora of luminaria will line neighborhood streets in the hamlets of Brightwaters, Bay Shore and Islip. The annual Light the Night event begins at 5 p.m.

Hanukkah on Main Street will once again be held at the head of the Brightwaters Canal from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the lighting of the menorah. Live music, hot latkas, donuts, and hot cocoa will be served and there will be a giant gelt (chocolate coin) drop from a fire truck. This year, there will be a menorah ice sculpture created on site, which will be lit as well. n