MINEOLA, NY – The 2019 holiday season is upon us and Nassau County is offering a wide range of festive and affordable activities throughout County Parks, Museums and other facilities including an 1860s-style Thanksgiving, personalized letters from Santa, gingerbread cookie workshops, a holiday celebration for military families, and free performances by a symphony orchestra, to name a few.
The County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums manages more than 70 parks, preserves, museums, historic properties, and athletic facilities spanning 6,000 acres. While parks fill with residents, sports leagues, concert goers and campers during warmer weather, the County has organized a variety of activities to entertain residents of all ages throughout the holiday and winter season.
“Continuing to enhance our Parks and expand their fun and unique seasonal programs is key to making Nassau a better place for people to live, work and play,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “I want to encourage families to celebrate the season right here in Nassau County and take advantage of all the holiday happenings and winter activities we have to offer.”
Outlined below is the lineup of upcoming holiday and winter season activities and entertainment happening throughout County parks and Museums. For more information, please visit Nassau County Events Calendar.
“Mail Your Letters to Santa” Program at Nassau County Parks
Children of Nassau County will once again be able to send their holiday lists directly to Old St. Nick at the North Pole via a special network of Santa’s Mailboxes at Nassau County Parks. All children who send letters to Santa will receive a reply in the form of a “Santa-Gram” from the North Pole, with Santa’s elves at the Parks Department pitching in to send cheery but noncommittal letters in response to children’s letters. To assure a reply, each letter must contain the child’s name and address, written legibly. There is no postage necessary for the Santa letters. The “Santa-Grams” will be sent before the holiday.
Colorful red and green mailboxes will be accessible from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily at the administration buildings of the following parks: Cantiague Park in Hicksville, Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills, Grant Park in Hewlett, Rev. Arthur Mackey, Sr. Park in Roosevelt, Wantagh Park in Wantagh, and at Eisenhower Park’s Special Activities Building at Parking Field No. 8, the Nassau Aquatic Center at Parking Field No. 1A, as well as Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage. The letters can also be dropped off at the Parks Department’s Administration Building in Eisenhower Park, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Events at Garvies Point Museum & Preserve
Natural Ornament Workshop - free with admission
December 14, 2019 - 11 P.M. - 3 P.M.Kids can create beautiful ornaments from woods, water and other natural elements.
Christmas Bird Count - free with admission
December 21, 2019 - 10 A.M.to 4 P.M
Cocoa & Crafts - free with admission
December 26 - 28, 2019 free with admission - 10 A.M.to 4 P.M
Crafts include pinecone critters, bird feeders and more along with a different movie each day and complimentary hot cocoa.
Events at Tackapausha Museum & Preserve
Free Movie Screenings with Submission (movies repeat throughout the day)
November 29, 2019 – A Murder of Crows (documentary – crows/corvids)
December 27, 2019 – Besieged Fortress (documentary – insects)
Holiday Wildlife Celebration
December 14, 2019 - 1 P.M.
Live animal presentations, crafts and family fun will be provided by the South Shore Audubon Society.
Events at Cantiague Park
Holiday Party for Military Families (Cantiague Park Ice Rink)
December 7, 2019 - 11 A.M.- 3 P.M.Active Duty Military and their families can enjoy FREE pictures with Santa, toys, raffle prizes, lunch, ice skating, and more. For tickets and more information, please call: 516-572-0396
Events at Cradle of Aviation Museum
Holiday Pops at the Cradle
December 8, 2019 - 2 P.M. and 5 P.M.
The award-winning Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Louis Panacciulli will perform songs of the season, as well as other popular titles, with a sing-along at the conclusion.
Free admission but limited seating. Tickets are required and can be secured by calling 516-572-0201
Events at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration
November 30, 2019 and December 1, 201910 A.M. - 4 P.M. - last admission at 3 P.M.
Historical cooking demonstrations include a turkey roasted over an open fire and decorated pumpkin pies baked in a beehive oven. Also, traditional fiddle music, historic legends and more. Foods used in demonstrations are not available to patrons.
Admission: $14 adults, $8 senior citizens (60+) and children 5 – 12 years old; children 4 and under are free;
December 14, 2019 and December 15, 201910 A.M., 12:30 P.M. and 3 P.M.
Decorate a jumbo gingerbread cookie. Plus, historic crafts like paper piercing, tassel doll making, quill pen writing letters to Santa. Tickets are required in advance for each time slot and can be purchased at obvrnassau.com.Prices: $30 per cookie including 1 historic craft; additional crafts are $5 each;
December 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29
5 P.M.- 9:30 P.M. - last admission is at 8:30 P.M.
Enjoy an evening walk through historic Old Bethpage Village and visit our 19th century buildings lit by candlelight, Civil War Era Christmas Songs, Contra-Dancing, Stories of Christmases Past, an 1866 Decorated Christmas Tree, a Traditional Bonfire, Hot Apple Cider, Holiday Brass Quartet, Fiddle Music, Craft Show, an appearance by Olaf from Frozen and NEW this year; an Illuminated Path to visit Santa at his North Pole Workshop. The tickets are valid for one day. Advanced tickets are available for purchase at obvrnassau.com. Adult tickets are discounted online.
Admission Prices: $14 adults $10 Online, $8 for senior citizens (60+) and children (5 – 12 years old). Children 4 and under are free.
Events at the African American Museum
African American Museum
December 7, 2019 at 6 P.M.
Handel’s Messiah will be performed by the Chancel Choir of the Presbyterian Church of Saint Albans.
Museum Admission is $5.
County Ice Skating Rinks
Christopher Morley Park
*Season Skating Pass Available
County Indoor Pools