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Fun Things to do with your Pets during the Holidays

pets & holidays

Santa Claus is coming to town! Children aren’t the only ones are taking posed photos with Santa anymore, fur babies and other domestic pets are welcome now too. Bring your pets to take some festive photos with St. Nick. Capture magical moments with keepsake photos and make memories that will last a lifetime. This holiday season; engage your pets in fun seasonal activities and traditions such as taking photos with Santa and bringing them to an ugly sweater party for pets and owners.

Paws & Claus (domestic pets only)

Broadway Commons

358 N Broadway

Hicksville, NY 11801

(516) 939-0679

Time: 7-9pm

Dates: November 21, 28 and December 5, 12, 19.

Time for Paws and Claus! Pets get an exclusive photo session with Santa at the Broadway Commons. Get ready for Christmas card photos, dress up your pet in a Christmas outfit or show off a shiny winter coat.


Pet Photos With Santa

Walt Whitman Shops

160 Walt Whitman Rd

Huntington Station, NY 11746

(Santa is in Center Court)

(631) 271-1746

Times: 7-9pm

Dates: Sunday, November 12 and December 10

Sit, stay and pose for pet photos with Santa. Bring your furry friends and pose with Santa in Center Court of the Walt Whitman Shops.


STAR Foundation Annual Fundraiser


295 NY-25A

Mt Sinai, NY 11766

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Time: 11am to 3pm

Price: $10.00 for one beautiful color photo with a frame.

Additional copies (same pose/no frame) $5.00 each.

If you use own camera, there is $7.00 sitting fee (no portrait given.)

Capture the magic of season with a beautiful color photograph; bring your pet for a posed picture with Santa Claus. Pets will receive a special treat after visiting with Santa. All proceeds benefit the Save The Animals Rescue Foundation. STAR rescues and provides rehabilitation services for injured and orphaned Long Island animals and releases them back into their natural habitat.


Harbor Pets Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

Harbor Pets

120 Main St

Greenport, NY 11944


Time: 5-8 pm

Date: December 16th

National Ugly Sweater Day is December 16th. Cats, dogs and other domestic pets can join the party now too at Harbor Pets Ugly Sweater Holiday Party. Join other felines and canines and pet owners for great photo ops, an ugly sweater contest and refreshments.


Petco Photos with Santa (Digital Photo Experience)

Location: At your local Petco or Unleashed by Petco stores

(Call your local store for more details)

Dates & Times: Saturday, December 2nd (1–4 pm)

Saturday, December 9th (1-4pm)

Saturday, December 16th (1–4 pm)

Cost: $9.95 donation

Bring your pets to take a photo with Santa while helping homeless animals in need. Petco is partnering with Santa’s Helpers for a digital photo experience. 100% of donations go to homeless animals through the All for Holiday Homes fundraiser. If you are looking for a holiday gift for an animal loving friend or family member, purchase the 2018 Petco Foundation calendar and coupon book for only $15. All proceeds help animals find good homes.

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The Best Holiday Shows Based on Christmas Movies

Holiday Shows

Did you know that some of the best holiday and Christmas movies are also plays and musicals?  The best part is you don’t have to travel all the way into NYC to see these plays; they are located right on Long Island. Make the holidays magical and memorable; plan a family outing to one of these holiday shows.

A Christmas Story

Dates: December 15, 2017 – December 27, 2017

Location: Patchogue Theatre

71 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772

Price: From $29-89 & Student Rush: $35 (1 hr before show with student ID)


A Christmas Story, The Musical depicts the timeless holiday favorite where Ralphie tries to convince his parents that they should buy him a Red Ryder B.B for Christmas. Enjoy iconic scenes like Flick getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole, the leg lamp in the window and the pink bunny suit. Get your tickets now, I triple-dog-dare you!



Location: John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street

Northport, NY 11768

Dates: November 18 – December 31, 2017


Frosty the Snowman is not just a beloved holiday song and childhood cartoon, it’s also a play. Frosty tries to save the town of Chillsville when Ethel Pierpot’s evil machine starts melting all the snow. Will Frosty make it back to the North Pole? Head over the hills of snow in Northport and see this timeless classic.


A Charlie Brown Christmas Live

Location: Madison Theatre at Molloy College

1000 Hempstead Avenue

Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Public Square Lobby

Dates: December 28 – December 30, 2017


Price: $45-$95

The animated special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, aired over 50 years ago on television. Watch this story come to life in a stage adaptation featuring your favorite Peanut characters and classic score by Vince Guaraldi. Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they uncover the true meaning of Christmas.


Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Location: Tilles Center

720 Northern Boulevard Brookville, NY 11548-1300

Date: November 26, 2017 (Family workshop 1pm, Show starts 2pm)


Tilles Your Way: (Buy 3 or more) prices: $53, $44, $35 (Prices reflect a 10% subscription discount and include a $3 facility fee)

Prices: Regular prices: $58, $48, $38 (prices include a $3 facility fee)

Do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? That’s right, Rudolf! The 1964 animated television special is soaring off the screen and hitting the stage. Join Rudolf, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster as they help Santa save Christmas.


It’s A Wonderful Life

Location: Suffolk Theater

118 E Main Street

Riverhead, NY 11901

Date & Time: Sunday December 17, 2017 at 6:00PM  (Bar & Restaurant open at 4:30 Show at 6pm)

Price: $15, $20, $30 (Ticket options for this event includes row seating and cabaret seating)


The 1946 film, A Wonderful Life, is based on the short story, The Greatest Gift. After George Bailey wishes he was never been born, an angel is sent to earth to show him how many lives he impacted and how life would be different if he was never born. Watch A Wonderful Life performed live in the style of an old time radio show at Suffolk Theater’s state of the art marquee.

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Breakfast, Brunch and Dinner with Santa Claus

Selfies with Santa

Year after year you leave plate out of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa and go to sleep. What is you had the opportunity to actually dine with Santa and have breakfast, brunch or even dinner with him? Share this beloved holiday tradition with your kids and plan a festive day the entire family can enjoy.

Brunch with Santa

Window on the Lake

235 Lake Shore Rd

Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Date & Time: Sunday, December 17th (Seating starts at 10:30am)

Reservations are a must. 2 hour session 10am-3pm. Call 631-737-0088.

Cost: Adults $44.95

Children 3-12 years old $19.95

Enjoy an elaborate buffet brunch with Santa including a Belgian waffles, a carving station, omelets, pastas, hot buffet, cold dishes, soft serve ice cream sundae bar, desserts, etc. Drinks include unlimited soda, juice, coffee and tea.


Brunch with Santa

Lombardi’s On the Bay

600 S Ocean Ave

Patchogue, NY 11772

Date & Time: Saturday, December 16th (Seatings at 11am and 11:15pm)

Cost: Adults $36+ tax

Children 3-10 $18+ tax

Children under 3, no charge

Call 631- 654-8970 for reservations.

Nothing compares to a delicious breakfast on the bay with Santa. Load up on omelets, cold antipasto, salads, bread, carving station meats, pasta, dessert, unlimited soda, etc.


Brunch with Santa

Giorgios Baiting Hollow

224 Smithtown Blvd

Nesconset, NY 11767

Dates: December 10th & 17th

Cost: Adults $38.95

Kids 4-12 years old $21.95

​To make a reservation, call 631 727-6076 to reserve a spot.

​Enjoy an award winning buffet brunch at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow. Brunch includes a plethora of items: omelets, French toast, pancakes, Italian cookies and pastries, a chocolate fountain, ice cream bar, carving station and much more. Santa will be handing out treats and taking pictures with all the kids.


Santa Brunch

Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center

431 E Main St

Riverhead, NY 11901

Date &Time: December 10th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Seatings: 10am, 12pm, 2pm.

Cost: Children 3-12: $24.95 (Members – $22.95) Adults: $49.95 (Members – $42.95) Children 2 & under are free.

Celebrate the holidays at the annual Santa Brunch at the Long Island Aquarium. A buffet brunch will be served in the Sea Star Ballroom. At the brunch, kids will make a special holiday keepsake to bring home. After brunch, walk around and explore the sea life in the aquarium. Make sure to bring your camera to capture photos with Santa and your favorite exhibits.


Breakfast with Santa and Friends

United Skates of America Roller Skating Center

1276 Hicksville Rd

Seaford, NY 11783


Date: Sunday December 17th

Time: 9:30am-11:00am 

Cost: $20 per adult

$15 per child

Children 2 and under are free

(This is a non skating event)

This event will sell out. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Come down to United Skates of America, Mrs. Claus is whipping up a delicious buffet breakfast including scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, bagels, fruit punch, coffee and tea. Santa, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer all will be there!


Brunch with Santa

The Crescent Beach Club

333 Bayville Ave

Bayville, NY 11709

Cost: $40 plus tax for Adults

$20 plus tax for Children

Reservations required. Call 516-628-3000

Brunch is always better at the beach! Enjoy a Sunday Brunch with all the holiday trimmings, including a free picture with Santa Clause himself. There will be face painting for children and mimosa’s or Bloody Mary’s for the adults.


Dinner with Santa/Brunch with Santa

Black Forest Brew Haus

2015 New Hwy

Farmingdale, NY 11735

Reservations are required. Call 631-391-9500 to reserve a table.

Dinner with Santa: December 9th & 16th 5pm to 7pm

Cost: Adults $ 55.95

Kids under 10 $25.95

Kids under 4 $15.95

Brunch with Santa: December 3rd, 10th & 17th. Seatings at 10am 12 noon and 2pm.

Cost: Adults $33.95 per adult

Kids under 10 $20.95

Kids under 4 $9.95

Join Santa for his two favorite meals, dinner and brunch. Pick your favorite session and enjoy a German inspired meal with Der Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus.)

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Fall Festivals the Entire Family Can Enjoy

Fall Festivals

Autumn is upon us bringing beautiful foliage and a bounty of festivals the entire family can enjoy. Plan a fun-filled weekend this fall at these family festivals happening on Long Island. Consider one of these fall festivals for your next family weekend adventure.

34th Annual Oyster Festival

Dates: Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15th

Location: Theodore Roosevelt Park

West End Ave

Oyster Bay, NY

Cost: Free

Did you know that the Oyster Festival started as a hometown parade honoring Theodore Roosevelt? This festival has evolved into the largest outdoor festival, attracting over 200,000 visitors each year. The Oyster Festival is known for their iconic oyster eating and shucking contest, live entertainment, vendors, rides and much more. This festival is perfect for seafood lovers, culinary pros serve up inventive gourmet seafood dishes showcasing oysters and clams, along with other festival favorites including frozen hot chocolate, fried Oreos and funnel cakes. There are also plenty of carnival rides, exotic animals (including miniature ponies) and a Pirate exhibit, perfect for kids. This is a great way to spend and Indian summer weekend down by the waterfront.

Riverhead Country Fair

Date: Sunday, October 8th

Location: Riverhead’s Main Street

Riverhead, NY

Cost: Free

Every year Riverhead celebrates its farmers and the agricultural heritage at the Riverhead County Fair. This year is the 42nd annual Riverhead County Fair and there will be plenty of amusement rides, pony rides, pumpkin decorating contests, entertainers and delicious food. Tractor pulls and antique farm equipment will be displayed and make great photo ops.

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns

Location: Garden of Gords

71 Old Westbury Road Old Westbury, NY

Dates: Various evenings in October


RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns is returning for its 6th year at Westbury Gardens. Come see 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns arranged along a scenic path set to a spooky musical score. Some fan-favorites will be reappearing along with new spectacular carvings. Did you know that 5,000 fresh pumpkins are carved each week? Get into the Halloween spirit and plan a family outing to the RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns; you will be amazed at the talent and creativity that goes into these pumpkin carvings.

56th Annual Apple Festival

Dates & Time: Saturday, October 7th– Sunday, October 8th  (9am- 5pm)

Location: Mill Neck Manor

40 Frost Mill Rd, Mill Neck, NY

Cost: Parking fee is $15 per vehicle.

The 56th Annual Apple Festival is located on the historic Gold Coast estate in Mill Neck Manor. This festival is filled with games and activities for children and plenty of mouth-watering goodies including ripe apples, jellies, fudge, and baked goods. There is also a pumpkin patch, handmade crafts and a variety of meats and cheeses. This is a great festival for the entire family; however keep in mind no dogs are allowed on the campus grounds.

 Long Island Fair

Dates: September 16, 17, 23, 24 (10 am-6pm)

Location: Old Bethpage Village Restoration

1303 Round Swamp Rd.

Old Bethpage, NY

Cost: $15 adults, $12 children ages 5-12, and children under 4 are free

Don’t miss the Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration; it is packed with fun family-friendly activities including carousel, petting zoo and potato sack races. This festival also has great entertainment including an acrobatic dual trampoline show, a juggling and aerialist performance and high dive show. Step back in time and enjoy an old-time baseball game and a demonstration by Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. Plan a beautiful fall day with the family to visit this historical landmark.

Oktoberfest at Eisenhower Park

Dates: Saturday, October 7-Monday, October 9th

Location: Eisenhower Park

1899 Park Boulevard

Westbury, NY

Cost: Free

Celebrate Oktoberfest and German culture on Long Island at Eisenhower Park. Enjoy German fare (including Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, and schnitzel), dance to the live polka music, take a tractor ride and get lost in the pumpkin maze. This is a fun free festival and a great way to celebrate Oktoberfest with the entire family.

5th Annual rUNDEAD 5k Zombie Run & Fall Family Festival

Date: Saturday, November 4th 8:30am-4pm

Location: Massapequa PAL Field

510 Parkside Blvd Massapequa, 11758

Cost:  $30

The rUNDEAD is a 5k trail run benefitting the Special Olympics on Long Island. Each runner starts off with a flag belt and three flags (each flag represents a life-line). Zombies will try to take your flags one a time and each time a zombie grabs one of your flags you lose a life. The runner must finish the race with at least one flag in order to survive the zombies and be eligible for an award. This is a great event to raise money for a good cause, get some exercise and practice escaping from zombies.

Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Sail 2017

Date & Time: Saturday October 28th 3pm-6pm

Location: Belmont Lake State Park

Southern State Parkway Exit 38 North Babylon, NY

Cost: Free Event

This Halloween themed event that is perfect for the whole family. There are balloon animals, a children’s spooky den, trick or treating, crafts and much more. However, the best part of the event is at dusk when 50 carved pumpkins are put on floatation devices, lit with candles and sailed on the back of kayaks around Belmont Lake. If you are one of the first 50 people to bring a carved pumpkin, yours might get picked to be sailed! Be sure to bring you camera this is definitely an event that you and your family will want to capture.

Spooky Fest

Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 (6:30pm.-9:30pm)

Location: Tanglewood Preserve

1450 Tanglewood Rd.

Rockville Centre, NY

Cost: $10 per person or $15 when including the scary “Haunted Woods” and “Maze of Zombies” attractions

Many activities for young kids around Halloween time can be too scary for them to enjoy. However, Spooky Fest features “Not-So-Spooky Walk”, Halloween Theater, arts and crafts, live animal exhibit, a “Mystic Den,” face painting and “Friendly Merry Monsters.” These “non spooky” activities are great way for the little ones to get in the Halloween spirit.