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 even 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 Sayville at 10 a.m. with a holiday parade. Then, the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce will host the 12th annual Miracle on Main Street event. This much-anticipated day features fun for the whole family from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Live reindeer, a bounce house, amusement rides and an ice-skating rink will entertain the kids, while Small Business Saturday discount shopping will keep the older folks amused. The winter wonderland of fun also features Dickens characters, a gingerbread house competition, a tree lighting and of course, a visit from Santa.

For more information, go to the website

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

The Sayville Historical Society will host a Candlelight Evening from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring English, Dutch and German traditions at the Edwards Homestead, 39 Edwards Street at the corner of Collins Avenue. The St. John’s Handbell Choir will perform. For more information, email

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

Christmas at Meadow Croft will be held from 12 noon – 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 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.

Sunday, Dec. 2

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.

Hanukkah runs from Dec. 2 through Dec. 10. The Sayville town menorah, which is located at the chamber house, will be lit at dusk. For more information, visit


Friday, Dec. 7

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. 


Saturday, Dec. 15

The Oakdale Historical Society is hosting the second annual Civil War Christmas at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Montauk Highway. Enjoy the mid-19th-century sights and sounds of the holidays during the war years. The event will run from 3 p.m. though the 7 p.m. church service.


Sunday, Dec. 16

The Sayville Historical Society hosts their annual Holiday House Tour from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 631-563-0186.