Cherished holiday traditions around Long Island
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The village is open 5-9:30 p.m. for this event; it is closed during the day. Visitors are welcome to bring their own candle lanterns or flashlights to guide their way. Admission is $10, $7 seniors and children 5-12. Old Bethpage Village Restoration is on Round Swamp Rd., in Old Westbury. For information, contact (516) 572-8400 or www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.
Old Westbury Gardens
Westbury House, the grand old estate at Old Westbury Gardens, shares its holiday spirit with visitors once again before it closes for the season. This weekend offers the final chance to visit and glimpse what a holiday celebration was like during those opulent decades of the early 1900s.
Stop by the estate, Saturday evening, Dec. 15, for a holiday Owl Prowl, 6-8:30 p.m. A wildlife expert from Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center will bring live owls for a “meet and greet” session and later lead an outdoor search for the creatures throughout the grounds. After the program, warm up with a tour of Westbury House, looking festive in its holiday best.
Two sessions are offered: 6-7 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $12, $8 ages 3-17; registration is required. Admission includes a visit to Westbury House, refreshments and a visit with Santa.
The following day, Dec. 16, features a wreath making workshop, at 2 p.m. Kids, ages 6 and up, can learn to craft a one-of-a-kind wreath to deck their own halls this season. The fee is $10, including materials and admission for an accompanying adult. Registration is required.
Old Westbury Gardens is located at 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. For further information, contact (516) 333-0048 or visit www.oldwestburygardens.org.
A Christmas Carol at Adelphi University
Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” is brought to life in a radio-style staged reading at Adelphi University. The reading, dramatized by Barbara Feld, takes place Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. Feld’s famous adaptation of the beloved tale, features Adelphi faculty member Dr. Brian Rose and 13 student actors. They’ll bring a new dimension to Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and all the other characters everyone knows and loves from this treasured story.