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Candlelight Evenings at Old Bethpage Restoration Begin This Weekend

Event offers a glimpse into Christmas setting of the 19th Century.

The Manetto Hill Church, which dates to 1857, on the grounds of the Old Bethpage Restoration Village. (Photo credit: Nassau County)
The Manetto Hill Church, which dates to 1857, on the grounds of the Old Bethpage Restoration Village. (Photo credit: Nassau County)
By Joe Dowd

Candlelight Evenings at Old Bethpage Village Restoration begin this weekend, providing a greeting-card setting of flickering candles inside 19th century homes. 

The special holiday event takes place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Dec. 13, 14 and 15, and Dec. 20, 21, and 22 from5 – 9:30 p.m., Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced this week.

Candlelight Evenings also offer 19th Century holiday decorations and entertainment, all set within the confines of a rural valley setting. The entertainment includes music by a brass quartet and fiddlers playing popular seasonal tunes. There will be performances by by local schools and organizations, a traditional 1866 decorated Christmas Tree, stories of Christmases past; contra-dancing, and a traditional bonfire.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides visitors with a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th Century American village set on more than 200 acres.  

Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entrance fees are: $10 for adults, $7 for children (5 – 12), seniors and volunteer firefighters.  Children under 5 are free.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration is located at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage (Exit 48 of the Long Island Expressway).  

For more information about Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museum, please call: (516) 572-0200, or visit the website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

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