Holiday Events in the Port Washington Community

Holiday Events in the Port Washington Community

Elizabeth Conneely , Staff Writer

The holiday season is a time of giving; a moment to reflect on the year and to gather with  loved ones.  The Port Washington community provides the opportunity to do so with an abundance of holiday events for families to enjoy.  On Sunday, Dec. 5, the Christmas tree was lit at Blumenfeld Park with a celebration beginning at 4 p.m.  In addition to the tree lighting, there was a live nativity scene, live music, and hot chocolate to keep warm.  

“It’s exciting that they will be bringing back the community’s favorite events, it really makes the holiday season more special,” said Weber eighth grader Annie Beaudet.

On that same day at 4:30 p.m, at the North Hempstead Beach Park, a menorah for Hanukkah was lit, shining for the drive-in and in-person visitors. On Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Landmark Gym, a Parent’s Night Out was held for the community, led by the Parent Resource Center (PRC) with special guest Melanie from Cassigns.  Each participant crafted a wooden snowman to take home and display, while also offering the perfect chance to mix and mingle with other parents.  

“The holiday season is normally known for making things special for little kids, it is really great that the community is making it special for everyone,” said sophomore Grace Carolan.

On Dec. 8, there was also an Open House holiday event at the Inspiration Wharf, where  DB Rejuvenation, Krystal Blu Boutique, Port Salt Cave, Self Care Labs, and other shops all participated.  Raffles, appetizers, goody bags, gift cards, special offers, and cocktails were all prepared and available for guests.  From 4 to 8 p.m., the holiday celebration encouraged the support of local businesses.  

“The holiday season is all about giving back, in the holidays during the pandemic it’s exciting that the community can do this in such a fun way,” said Beaudet.

On Dec. 12, Holiday Tales at the Sands Point’s Preserve’s Castle Gould occurred.  The event, designed for children and their families, included the reading of favorite seasonal stories by special guests and the completion of creative nature projects in the adjacent Club G.  As a health precaution due the pandemic, six sessions of this holiday fun were offered, with a maximum of 25 children and their parents or guardians in each group.   

The Preserve also led hour-long guided nature walks on Dec. 1, starting at 10 a.m.  The themed walk, titled Winter Woodlands: Identifying Trees in Winter, was led by expert guides, such as environmental educator Hildur Palsdottir and Port Washington Monarch Alliance Founder David Jakim.  During the walk, participants explored different aspects of the Preserve’s environment from its unique physical features to its wildlife.  Together, the group discussed critical conservation issues and the implementation of helpful, eco-friendly practices to create a healthier and more sustainable world.  Tickets were $10 per adult and free for children of members and cost $15 per adult and $5 per child for non-members.  

On Friday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Wisp and Wild Holiday Workshop at the Local Market Port Washington, where community members can create their own floral centerpieces.  Participants can also enjoy a festive drink and charcuterie board provided by French Boards and Bites alongside the making of flower arrangements.  Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite for $85. 

No matter the occasion, there are many ways for the community to come together and celebrate during this holiday season.