It may still be October, but the winter holidays are already gaining attention with the arrival of Christmas House Long Island.
Halloween is what inspired the creator of the vacation spot, Lawrence resident Justin Schwartz. “I love the excitement and atmosphere of haunted houses, and with Christmas House Long Island, we’re going to give Christmas lovers the same kind of experience,” says Schwartz, 31. “Minus anything scary, of course.”
Billed as a “fully immersive Christmas experience”, the house is slated to open on November 6. It will feature themed rooms such as the “Christmas Story Café” (which is based on the movie of the same name), a “Gingerbread Room,” an “Elf Room” and a “Snow Room”, among others. .
“The ability to enjoy a fully immersive indoor adventure with all things Christmas” is what Schwartz says comes to mind on a visit.
Tours begin with the “Christmas Cake Walk”, which is a walk between real cakes that incorporate related holiday themes such as “Polar Express”, “Snoopy Christmas” and “Nightmare Before Christmas”. The treats along the promenade are not to be eaten, but anyone who wants to buy them can place an order.
Santa will also be in attendance, but Schwartz confirms that he will be a socially aloof Santa. “He will be seven feet away for all the photos, with a mask on so the kids know there is nothing scary about wearing a mask.”
All state and federal health guidelines related to COVID-19 are followed by Christmas House, and part of these will also include advanced online ticketing for 15-minute time slots, all to ensure social distancing. Staff members will also be available to help if needed.
The staff also worked hard to build the vacation excursion inside. Schwartz thanked his team for their efforts, noting “luckily we have an amazing team who devoted every waking moment to providing families with the greatest Christmas experience imaginable… it was a joy the whole time.”
INFO: 1241 Old Country Road, Riverhead; 631-591-0455, Christmashouselongisland.com. Runs from November 6 to January 10 every day, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $ 30; $ 25 for ages 10 and under.