Today's Idea
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Old Westbury Gardens Tree Lighting

Whether you’re a history buff or a Christmas reveler, you shouldn’t miss Old Westbury Garden’s First Night and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The stunning classic mansion and museum will be festively decorated in the height of Gold Coast style and lit up with thousands of twinkling lights to kick off the holiday season – and the tree lighting on December 7 is the visual cherry on top.  


Old Westbury Gardens celebrates life at the turn of the 20th century in the gorgeous and beautifully tended home of shipping heir John S. Phipps. Arrive early for a holiday market to buy gifts and decorations, or for your kids to make holiday crafts; you can take a self-guided tour through the palatial mansion’s many rooms and learn about life at the stunning historical estate, or just participate in some good old Christmas cheer! Take a family photo with Santa and enjoy a plate of Christmas cookies and a glass of warm cider in beautiful surroundings.  The Bethel Concert Choir will be performing carols before each tree lighting, creating cozy memories that may last your family for years. 

Old Westbury Gardens First Night and Tree Lighting will take place on Saturday, November 7th. The mansion will be holding two sessions of the lighting of its beautiful outdoor Christmas tree, so you can catch an early dose of spirit if you need to get your little ones to bed early, or stay out late for a full night of holiday cheer. (Added benefit: Neither session should be uncomfortably crowded!) Session 1 runs from 6 to 8 pm, and Session 2 will run from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children, and tickets should be purchased through the website in advance.