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St. Patrick's Day Parades - Long Island, NY - Laffey Real Estate

St. Patrick's Day is coming up—how do you plan to celebrate? 

Local parades are a great way to enjoy the merry atmosphere of the holiday while also connecting with your friends and neighbors. If you're ready to join in the fun, here are some of our real estate agents' top picks for upcoming St. Patrick's Day parades you can attend around Long Island.

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Family Holiday Crafts - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The holiday season has always represented a time to connect with family and friends, celebrate annual traditions, and reflect on the year that has been. While we've had an unusual year that has changed how we interact with loved ones, you can still enjoy all the season has to offer – even if you're staying home all day. Our real estate agents have gathered some of the best Christmas activities that will keep your kids entertained and help you create lasting memories.

  • Design a Winter Wreath
    As you set your table with festive decorations, deck out your tree with beautiful ornaments, and place a garland on your holiday mantel, don't forget your front door. A festive wreath can elevate your entrance and it's very easy to make. Take the kids outside for a quick winter walk to collect pine cones, evergreen branches, or leaves. You can also rely on store-bought items to make your stylish seasonal wreath.

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Holiday Home Safety - Laffey Real Estate

Seems we hardly get a break these days, trying to stay a step ahead and maintain safety in our homes, on the job, or traveling around. While we can't control everything, we can take measures to ensure our homes are relatively safe during the frantic holiday season. So as you go about your holiday preparations, take some time to consolidate your safety procedures. Be sure to ask our real estate agents in the Long Island area for more advice on how to keep your home safe in the coming weeks.

  1. Traveling
    Going away for the holidays? Makes sure you ask a friend to check on your home every day, taking in the mail and receiving packages. You can also go an extra step to ensure home security by installing a camera at the front door so you can monitor what's happening in real-time. In addition, install timers so that lights come on and go off as if you were at home. Don't have lights blazing inside and outside all night long. That's a signal to burglars that no one's home.

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Holiday Light Displays - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Are you ready for another holiday season of spectacular light displays in communities across Long Island? There are drive-thru lights shows happening all over Long Island this year, allowing you to enjoy a festive family tradition from the warmth and comfort of your own vehicle. Many of your favorite annual light displays will be returning this year, and there are a wide variety of displays available to suit every taste. Our real estate agents have all the delightful details about 5 of the best holiday light displays around Long Island this year.

  • Bright Lights at the Vanderbilt Museum – 180 Littleneck Rd., Centerport, NY 11721
    Long a favorite destination for educational family fun close to Centerport homes for sale, the Vanderbilt Museum also happens to be a great place to celebrate the holidays. During the outdoor Bright Lights at the Vanderbilt Museum event, the entire grounds of the museum are turned into a holiday wonderland. This event will be open every day throughout the holiday season.

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St. Patrick's Day Events - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Whether you have a deep Irish ancestry or you're Irish for the day, our real estate agents know that there's nothing quite like celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Long Island. The first St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the United States took place in Boston in 1737, and St. Patrick's Day has long been a national holiday in Ireland. Along with celebrating Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick's Day in America has grown into a celebration of Irish culture. Plan for a full day of St. Patrick's Day family fun, with our guide to celebrating the luck of the Irish around Long Island.


Flower Shops - Nassau County - Laffey Real Estate

The New Year has arrived and Valentine's Day will be here before we know it! This romantic holiday is an excellent opportunity to tell those who love just how much you care about them and appreciate their place in your life. If you want to express your gratitude and compassion for your partner, friends, or family members, our real estate agents think that you should say it with flowers from these fantastic florists around Nassau County.

  • Westbury Florist — 53 Post Ave., Westbury, NY 11590
    Do you want to make Valentine's Day truly special? Westbury Florist knows that sending flowers always delivers smiles! Along with their vast array of flowers, they also carry a variety of plants and gourmet fruit baskets so you can give your loved one exactly what they want for Valentine's Day. Pop in and let them create a custom basket for you after you've finished browsing Westbury homes for sale.  

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Long Island New Year's Celebrations - Laffey Real Estate

Ready to roll into the Roaring 2020s? Then join our real estate agents and get ready to ring in the New Year at one of these exciting NYE parties around Long Island.

  • Jericho Terrace New Year's Eve Gala — Jericho Terrace 249 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501
    Toast to a new year full of happiness and health at the New Years' Eve Gala on the Jericho Terrace. Bring your finest attire when shopping Mineola homes for sale and enjoy an evening of unlimited fun and entertainment. Cocktail hour will feature dozens of appetizers, which will roll right into a delicious dinner of salad, pasta, and a surf and turf dish. Savor a dessert trio of cupcakes, cheesecake, and cannolis before a champagne toast at midnight.

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Holiday Shop Local - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The holidays are almost here, and with that comes the challenge of finding unique gifts for all the special people on your shopping list. Although you could go to a big box store to take care of your holiday shopping. our real estate agents recommend exploring some of the great local shops around Long Island. Not only is this an excellent way to support your community, but you're also far more likely to find one-of-a-kind gifts that are sure to really "wow" your family and friends.  

Not sure where to start? No problem! Here are a few of our favorite places to find unique Christmas gifts for every type of recipient.

  1. Wit & Whim: 6 Carlton Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Wit & Whim offers an excellent selection of modern, vintage, and handmade items from over 60 local merchants. Shopping at this store is even more special because they give back a portion of all their profits to deserving charitable organizations!

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Long Island Charities - Giving Tuesday - Laffey Real Estate

Does it seem as though the meaning of the holidays has come down to Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Tuesday, December 3 has been designated National Day of Giving to spread seasonal cheer through charitable acts and donations. Join our real estate agents in observing #GivingTuesday by supporting one or more of these worthy Long Island charities.

  1. Birthday Wishes of Long Island - 15 Cantiague Rock Road, Hicksville 11801
    Birthdays are special events for all kids near Hicksville homes for sale, and Birthday Wishes of Long Island wants to make sure everyone gets celebrated in style. The organization brings joy to homeless children and their families with onsite parties and their "Birthday-in-a-Box" program for those living in shelters. In addition to money, Birthday Wishes accepts donations of birthday gifts and party supplies. The website also has instructions on creating your own Birthday-in-a-Box for contribution. Office hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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Nassau County Turkey Trots - Laffey Real Estate

There's nothing quite like lacing up your running shoes and hitting the pavement in the crisp fall air of Nassau County. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, our real estate agents are excited to share these upcoming 5K runs and walks in and around Nassau County this season!

  • Massapequa Park Turkey Trot - 1000 Lake Shore Drive, Massapequa Park, NY 11762
    On Saturday, November 23, the 10th annual Massapequa Park Turkey Trot offers a chance to run to raise money for a great cause. The race benefits the YES Community Counseling Center and its mission to increase awareness, prevent and treat drug use and abuse. Arrive at Brady Park between 7 and 8:30 am for check-in and registration, followed by the 8:30 am Youth Fun Run and 9:00 am 5K Run/Walk. Brady Park is a lovely green space just minutes from Nassau County homes for sale.

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Long Island Celebrates July 4
Fireworks, food, family fun, and a celebration of all that makes the country special... it's almost time once again to celebrate July 4 on Long Island. This year, you'll have the opportunity to visit fireworks shows across Long Island, take in concerts, visit local festivals, and spend some quality time in the communities that you call home. Whether you're looking for a family outing, a date night, or anything in between, Long Island has something for you on July 4 this year. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for summer fun, with our guide to celebrating July 4 on Long Island for 2019.

  1. Oyster Bay Salute to America Concert – July 9 – 4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park 11762
    Oyster Bay homes for sale put you in a community that loves to celebrate local heroes, and the Salute to America Concert is a fun, patriotic event around July 4 each year. Enjoy an evening of music, food, and outdoor fun at John J. Burns Park. Organizers of the Oyster Bay Salute to America Concert set aside plenty of time to honor local veterans and those who serve the community. It's a great opportunity to support those who support the community and enjoy a night of family fun on July 4th weekend.

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Memorial Day Weekend Events on Long Island
With so many current military members and veterans living on Long Island, it's no surprise that Memorial Day holds a special place in the hearts of our residents. Our real estate agents are humbled by the sacrifices the brave women and men of our armed forces have made and plan on honoring their bravery throughout the weekend. You and your family can celebrate this important annual holiday as well by attending one of these Memorial Day events.

  1. Memorial Day Flag Placement at Long Island National Cemetery – Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735
    What better way to honor those who have died for our country than at the Memorial Day Flag Placement Ceremony at Long Island National Cemetery? Beginning at 6:00 am on May 26th, volunteers will place flags at the headstones of our beloved veterans who have defended our freedom. At 2:00 pm, a ceremony will take place at the Memorial Garden. If you would like to show your respect and appreciation for our fallen soldiers, donate your time and make sure each headstone is not without a proud American flag. Just down the road from Farmingdale homes for sale, the ceremonial events at the Long Island National Cemetery offer an admirable way to spend your Memorial Day Weekend.

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Oyster Bay Coe Hall Historic House Museum

Our REALTORS® want to invite you to celebrate the beauty of the natural world in Oyster Bay. Arbor Day is coming, and it's the perfect time to appreciate the outdoors.

Oyster Bay homes for sale are situated within a beautiful landscape that incorporates green spaces making full use of gorgeous its surrounding Long Island real estate. Although Oyster Bay is home to more than 294,000 people, its many trees give it a relaxed air.

Not surprisingly, the Oyster By community recognizes and protects its natural heritage. When Arbor Day arrives on April 27, people come out to celebrate and to plant trees for the next generation.

It's the Arbor Day Family Festival, and it's an event you won't want to miss.

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Long Island Valentine's Day
Long Island is an amazing place to live and if you're looking for creative ideas to pamper or surprise the one you love On Valentine's Day there are plenty of options to choose from. Our real estate agents have created this handy guide to help you make this special day a hit with your honey.

Romantic Eats

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to explore some of the exciting culinary options Long Island has to offer. Who knows, you may even end up finding a new favorite:

  • 2 Spring - 2 Spring St., Oyster Bay
    This farm-to-table American Brasserie has a sophisticated feel without being stuffy. The menu at 2 Spring features fresh seafood, a raw bar, premium farm meats, small plates and seasonal produce sourced from Long Island's very own North Fork. Enjoy beautiful views of the town square and take in the eclectic design and décor that features a modern ambiance with mid-century flair. Reservations are a must for this Oyster Bay hot spot.

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Long Island Performances of The Nutcracker
The holiday season is an enchanting time of year for kids of all ages and enjoying a performance of The Nutcracker is a cherished tradition for many families. Whether The Nutcracker is a well-loved annual family outing or you want to start a new family tradition, there's no shortage of opportunities to take in this magical theatrical performance on Long Island. Our real estate agents are here with four performances for you and your family to experience.

  1. Seiskaya Ballet's The Nutcracker 2018
    Staller Center for the Arts, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook

    Often considered Long Island's premiere production of The Nutcracker, this classical ballet rendition featuring the Seiskaya Ballet Company captures the childlike magic of the holiday season. It's scheduled for six performances from December 20-23.

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Long Island Holiday Family Events
The holiday season is right around the corner, and before long, the sights and sounds of Christmas will be everywhere. During this time of year, there are always plenty of great activities in the Long Island area.  Our real estate agents picked out a few of our favorites we're certain your family will enjoy.

  1. Hearthside Cheer - Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY
    Add some unique holiday fun to your schedule this year by joining the festivities at Hearthside Cheer. From beautiful decorations to tempting treats to sample, Rogers Mansion going all out to deck the halls for this special event. The Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest promises to be loads of fun, so get ready for an evening to remember.

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Long Island Kids See Santa
The holiday season will be here before you know it, and that means Santa Claus is coming to town. During this magical time of year, there's nothing quite like seeing the joy in your children's eyes when visiting with Jolly Old St. Nick. Our real estate agents have made a list and checked it twice, so all you'll have to do is make your way out to one of the following places around Long Island for holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

  1. White Post Animal Farm - 250 Old Country Road Melville, NY 11747
    The Christmas Season comes to life at White Post Animal Farm. While getting their picture made with Santa may be the highlight of the trip for your kids, there are other fun activities to enjoy while you're there. Holiday train rides and pony rides will delight them.

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Long Island Restaurants Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving foodies have a great reason to love living on Long Island. Some of Long Island's favorite restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day serving traditional turkey dinners, while others allow you to order off an a la carte menu.

This year, instead of cooking and cleaning for days, why don't you let someone else do the hard work? Our real estate agents recommend dining at one of these six Long Island restaurants on Thanksgiving Day.

  1. Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge & Restaurant - 30 Cutter Mill Road, Great Neck, New York 11021
    The Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge & Restaurant hosts a Thanksgiving buffet beginning at noon.  The meal includes a carving station and sides, such as pumpkin ravioli, candied sweet potatoes, and cornbread stuffing. It also features desserts including a chocolate fondue station. It costs $42.95, with children 10 and under half price. 

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Long Island Holiday Home Safety
Many of us wait eagerly for the holidays and all of its festivities. From endless Christmas shopping to holiday parties or an extended vacation, you are on the go and having fun. Unfortunately, burglars have a better chance of robbing your house during the holiday season if it's left unoccupied. 

Our real estate agents have created this list of seven smart tips to outsmart the bad guys:

  1. Stay Off Social Media
    It may be tempting to post that you booked a two-week getaway to Maui for the holidays all over Facebook or Twitter, but remember you just posted that info for anyone to see. This also applies to posting pictures of your decorated house as it gives potential burglars clues of where you live.

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