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County Executive

Posted on: November 27, 2019

[ARCHIVED] From Feasts to Films, from Skating to Santa, from Carols to Crafts, Nassau Offers Holiday Cheer

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

  • November 21, 2019 - December 14, 2019
  • Throughout Nassau County Park Buildings outlined below.

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 4 P.M 

Cocoa & Crafts - free with admission

December 26 - 28, 2019 free with admission - 10 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

  • Address: 2225 Washington Ave, Seaford, NY
  • Phone: 516.571.7443
  • Website:

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

  • Address: 480 W. John St. Hicksville, NY
  • Phone: 516.571.7056

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

  • Address: Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530
  • Phone: 516.572.4111

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

  • Address: 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage
  • Phone: 516.572.8401
  • Website:

1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration

November 30, 2019 and December 1, 2019
10 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;

Gingerbread Workshops

December 14, 2019 and December 15, 2019
10 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
Prices: $30 per cookie including 1 historic craft; additional crafts are $5 each;

Candlelight Evenings

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 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

  • Address: 110 N Franklin St, Hempstead, NY
  • Phone: 516.572.0730
  • Website:

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


Cantiague Park

  • Address: 480 W. John St. Hicksville, NY
  • Phone: 516.571.7056
  • Pricing:
    • Skate Rental - $5.00
    • Resident Adult - $10.00
    • Non-Resident Adult - $15.00
    • Resident Child - $6.00
    • Non-Resident Child - $10.00
    • Resident Senior, volunteer firefighter, volunteer ambulance corps, police auxiliary units, persons with disabilities and veterans - $5.00
  • Schedule: 
    • Monday Open Skate Session – 10a.m. – 12p.m. & 1p.m.-3p.m.
    • Tuesday Open Skate Session – 10a.m. – 12p.m. & 1p.m.-3p.m.
    • Wednesday Speed Skate Session – 10a.m. – 12p.m.
    • Thursday Open Skate Session – 10a.m. – 12p.m.
    • Friday Open Skate Session – 10a.m.-12p.m. & 3:30-5:30p.m.


Christopher Morley Park

  • Address: Searingtown Road, North of the LIE, Roslyn/North Hills, NY
  • Phone: 516.571.8113
  • Pricing: 
    • Skate Rental - $5.00
    • Resident Adult with Leisure Passport - $9.00
    • Adult without LP - $15.00
    • Resident Child with Leisure Passport - $6.00
    • Child without LP - $10.00
    • Senior citizen, disabled persons, veterans, volunteer firefighter/ambulance corps, auxiliary police - $5.00

*Season Skating Pass Available

  • Schedule:
    • Monday – Friday Open Skate Session – 1:15p.m. – 3:15p.m. & 4p.m. – 6p.m.
    • Thursday – Puck Shoot – 4p.m. – 5:30p.m., 6:30p.m. – 8p.m.
    • Friday – Open Skate Session – 7p.m. – 9p.m.
    • Saturday – 10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m., 1:15p.m. - 3:15p.m., & 4p.m. - 6p.m.
    • Sunday – 10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m., 1:15p.m. - 3:15p.m., & 4p.m. - 6p.m./Puck Shoot 6:30p.m. – 8p.m.


Grant Park

  • Address: Broadway & Sheridan Avenue, Hewlett, NY
  • Phone: 516.571.7821
  • Pricing: 
    • Skate Rental - $5.00
    • Resident Adult with Leisure Passport - $9.00
    • Adult without LP - $15.00
    • Resident Child with Leisure Passport - $6.00
    • Child without LP - $10.00
    • Senior citizen, disabled persons, veterans, volunteer firefighter/ambulance corps, auxiliary police - $5.00

*Season Skating Pass Available

  • Schedule:
    • Monday – Thursday Open Skate Session – 1:15p.m. – 3:15p.m.
    • Friday – 1:15p.m. – 3:15, 4p.m. - 6p.m., & 7p.m. - 9p.m.
    • Saturday – 10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m., 1:15p.m. - 3:15p.m., 4p.m. - 6p.m., & 7p.m. - 9p.m.
    • Sunday – 10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m., 1:15p.m. - 3:15p.m., & 4p.m.-6p.m.


County Indoor Pools

Aquatic Center

  • Address: Eisenhower Park located in East Meadow, NY
  • Phone Number: 516.572.0501
  • Pricing for Day Passes: 
    • Resident Adult with Leisure Passport - $8.00
    • Adult without LP - $22.00
    • Resident Child with Leisure Passport - $6.00
    • Child without LP - $14.00
    • Senior citizen, disabled persons, veterans, volunteer firefighter/ambulance corps, auxiliary police - $5.00
  • Public Swimming Schedule: 
    • Monday – Friday – 9a.m. – 9p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday – 9a.m. – 6p.m.

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