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If you have a family, you know that the holidays bring a never ending list of holiday activities to enjoy with your children, from getting their picture taken with a mall Santa to letting them pick a Christmas tree at the local nursery. Even before our children are in school, one thing they learn to associate with the holidays is the magic of decorative Christmas lights. While there is no shortage of displays every year to create the holiday wonderland that is so important to childhood memories. In honor of the sacred place the holiday light display holds in the child’s heart, we’ve decided to spotlight a particularly fantastic show in the Long Island area, complete with ideas on making it a successful family affair.

In 2012, the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County are sponsoring their A Long Island Holiday Tradition that is Awesome and Calorie Free. Check out the details:


November 29-December 1, 5-9 P.M. Closed December 24 & 25.


The Light Show is located at Camp Edey, the Girl Scout camp in Bayport.


This light show boasts a mile long ride-through which will dazzle with its beautiful vignettes and picturesque Camp Edey scenery. There is also a Holiday Village where your child can get their picture taken with Santa or view the Hall of Trees, a display of 30 trees which will be repurposed to Veterans’ homes and transitional housing facilities.The proceeds from this light show will go to help the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, including their outreach programs and their summer camp, which offers activities for girls from first to ninth grades.


Putting in the extra effort to make this night especially memorable for your child will pay dividends almost immediately. One idea for creating a truly magical experience is to Your Perfect Atlantic City Night Out which will arrive at your home to pick your family up and take them to their holiday light destination. Imagine yourself covering your child’s eyes as you lead them down the front walk, and the moment of complete wonder when you reveal the limousine, parked in front. Your child will enjoy being able to ride in a car that they might’ve only seen in movies, and viewing the holiday lights from inside will be especially memorable for them.


When deciding what to eat, remember that this is your children’s’ night. Letting them pick where they want to eat will make them feel both special and more grown up. A family-friendly restaurant that both you and your children will love is Tutto Pazzo, located in Huntington. This restaurant has a great selection of foods and excellent service, as well as offering a do-it-your-way spin on traditional Italian recipes which is useful if someone in your family is a picky eater.


If you or your children love traditional holiday beverages, there are some wonderful cafes on Long Island to have your limo driver take you for after-lightshow goodness. Our favorite is Café Portofino in Northport, which offers a long list of delicious beverages, including some of the best coffee in the area (for you parents who love a good cup of Joe.) If tea is more to your liking, then the Greenport Tea Company will surely satisfy. Located in Greenport, this quaint little building will enchant your children with its lit garden and cottage feel, and the long list of cold-weather beverages will cater to the part of you that needs to unwind during the holiday rush.

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