Christmas Events on Long Island-Holiday Light Shows

The most wonderful time of the year is coming for me and maybe you too-The Christmas season. There will be many Christmas events on Long Island, but I wanted to highlight 5 upcoming holiday light shows. Lights and Christmas go hand in hand, and It may be the only time of year you decorate your home with them. Driving around Long Island you get to see amazing lights on homes around your neighborhood and other neighborhoods too. Maybe you live next to a neighbor who decorates their home beautifully, almost like a private light show on your block. Maybe you love to see the holiday lights in your town. (I’m in Babylon and we have beautiful decorations in Babylon Village). So check out these five amazing places on Long Island to see holiday light shows in 2023.

1. Holiday Light Spectacular

The Holiday Light Spectacular is returning to the Holtsville Ecology Site this year and is an indoor walkthrough show.

Dates and Times

  • Fridays: December 8, 15 (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
  • Saturdays: December 2, 9, 16 (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
  • Sundays: December 3, 10, 17 (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

Location

Cost

Tickets must be purchased online (see ticket prices below). Photos available with Santa for $30 as well (buy online). Proceeds benefit the Holtsville Ecology Site and go directly to the feed and care of the more than 100 animals.

  • $10 per Adult
  • $8 per Senior/Veteran
  • $8 per child (4-12)
  • Children 3 and under: Free

2. Luminocity

This year’s theme is the “Wonder Journey”. The Immersive Holiday Light Festival is located in Nassau County at Eisenhower Park.

Dates and Times

November 9th, 2023 – January 7th, 2024, Thursday – Monday (except holidays)

Entry Time Slots:
4:30pm – 5:30pm
5:30pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 7:30pm
7:30pm – 8:30pm
8:30pm – 9:30pm

Location

Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY . The entrance gate is located at Parking Lot 4.

Parking Information
This will be Free to all festival goers. Parking will be best available in Parking Lot 3, 4, and 5.

Cost

$34 to $36

To reserve your ticket visit https://www.luminocityfestival.com/reserve-tickets

3. Girl Scouts of Suffolk Holiday Light Show

20th Anniversary Holiday Light Show is happening at The Enchanted Forest. Special themes every Thursday night of the holiday show. This is a self guided tour. Photo with Santa available.

Dates and Times

  • November 25, 2023 to December 30, 2023, Thursdays-Sundays only from 5p-8:30pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Location

Southaven County Park, 761 Victory Ave, Yaphank, NY

Cost

Girl Scout Ticket for Members and Family: $12.50 per person; Regular Ticket for everyone else: $15 per person. Children 2yrs old and under FREE. All tickets sold in advance and CANNOT be purchased at the door.

To reserve your ticket visit https://gssc.ticketspice.com/2023-gssc-holiday-light-show

4. Jones Beach “Magic of Lights”

Dates and Times

November 17, 2023- December 30, 2023, Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm; Friday-Saturday 5pm-11pm.

Location

Jones Beach State Park , 150 Bay Parkway, Wantagh, NY

Cost

Purchase online in advance and save. $35 Monday-Thursday; $40 Friday-Sunday for Standard Vehicle; $ 75 Limo; $100 Bus.

If you’ve purchased your vehicle pass in advance online, you must present your pass at the gate. They cannot lookup lost or missing passes. You can present a printed pass or pass/receipt on a mobile phone.

5. Riverhead Holiday Light Show

This is a drive through light show located at Splish Splash Waterpark

Dates and Times

November 17, 2023 – December 30, 2023

Location

2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY

Cost

General Admission:

$20 Weekdays (plus $3.20 fee)

$25 Friday-Sunday (plus $4 fee)

Tickets purchased for Fridays or Saturdays must be purchased in advance. There are NO gate sales on either night. Tickets for any other day of the week that they are open can be purchased at the gate. To buy tickets visit https://boldmedia.ticketspice.com/riverhead-holiday-light-show-2023

Yvonne Varas is a Real Estate agent on Long Island, NY
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