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Riverhead SantaCon and more fun this week on (Credit: Ed Graham)

Riverhead SantaCon and more fun this week on Long Island.

Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

Looking for things to do on Long Island? We've rounded up the best concerts, fairs and festivals, and parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.

English Bell Choir

Ring in the holiday season by enjoying a
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Ring in the holiday season by enjoying a hand bell concert performed by the English Bell Choir at  7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Peconic Landing's community center in Greenport (1500 Brecknock Rd.). This is a free event, but reservations are required. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-477-3800, peconiclanding.com

Holiday bird-feeder workshop

Here's a chance to keep our feathered friends
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Here's a chance to keep our feathered friends well-fed over the winter. The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center in Bridgehampton is holding a family workshop at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, to make bird-friendly decorations for an outdoor holiday tree using seeds, suet and dried fruits. Bring a shoe box to take home some of your decorations. Reservations required. ADMISSION $3 material fee plus admission ($10, $7.50 ages 3-12, free ages 2 and younger) INFO 631-537-9735, sofo.org

Gingerbread workshop

There'll be plenty of marshmallows, sugarcoated gumdrops and
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There'll be plenty of marshmallows, sugarcoated gumdrops and sweet treats to decorate with at an all-ages gingerbread workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola. Reservations required. ADMISSION $45 PHONE 516-747-4070 WEB nassaubar.org

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KISS tribute band Alive! '75

Hardcore fans of KISS, the makeup-covered, costume-wearing late
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Hardcore fans of KISS, the makeup-covered, costume-wearing late 1970's rock band, can judge how authentic the KISS tribute band Alive! '75 is. They perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Space at Westbury. ADMISSION $25-$35 ($20-$30 advance) INFO 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

Electric Light Parade

The Electric Light Parade in Long Beach's West
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The Electric Light Parade in Long Beach's West End lights up at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, along West Beech Street. Pick a good viewing spot between Ohio and New York avenues and watch the parade of antique cars, firetrucks, floats and bikes all wrapped in holiday lights. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-431-1000, longbeachny.gov

Pet photos with Santa

All pets are welcome to meet and pose
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All pets are welcome to meet and pose for a free digital picture with Santa at Riverhead's Talmage Farm Agway, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Even if you don't have a pet, consider just watching the hilarity of dogs, cats, horses, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, skunk and even pet chickens posing with Santa. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-727-3100, talmagefarm.com

Nighttime owl session

Owls by the Light of the Moon is
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Owls by the Light of the Moon is an annual adults-only, nighttime adventure at Bridgehampton's South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center in search of our wise, feathered friends. At 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, expert birder Joe Giunta presents a brief slideshow and leads the group outdoors to call and watch for owls. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Reservations required. ADMISSION $10 INFO 631-537-9735, sofo.org

Wreath-making workshop

Make a fresh holiday wreath with help from
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Make a fresh holiday wreath with help from the experts using all-"green" materials (you're welcome to bring your own bows, bells and such to personalize), 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown. Reservations required. ADMISSION $4 PHONE 631-265-1054 WEB nysparks.com

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Riverhead SantaCon

Riverhead SantaCon, a holiday-themed pub crawl, invites people
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Riverhead SantaCon, a holiday-themed pub crawl, invites people to dress up as Mr. December and visit a variety of bars and restaurants along Main Street in Riverhead. WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Riverhead; bracelets available at the Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead INFO 631-727-4343, SantaConRiverhead.com ADMISSION $10

 

Live Nativity

Take a drive through Long Island's little town
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Take a drive through Long Island's little town of Bethlehem, where -- from the comfort of your own car -- you can see Christmas re-enactors in decorated nativity scenes (Don't drive? Weather permitting, an optional walk is available. WHEN | WHERE 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, Stony Brook Christian Assembly, 400 Nicolls Rd., East Setauket INFO 631-689-1127, stonybrookchristian.com ADMISSION Free

 

Model train open house

Get your fill of enchantment observing five model
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Get your fill of enchantment observing five model train sets running simultaneously through 2,800 square feet of miniature scenery this weekend at the Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers open house in Levittown (behind 2953 Hempstead Tpke., lower level). Hours are 8-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4 (the following weekend, too). Look for scenes of men raising the wall of a house under construction or the little boy flying a model airplane. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-735-6370, nloe.org

Bird walk at Muttontown Preserve

As the leaves fall, birds are more visible
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As the leaves fall, birds are more visible so birding is at its prime. Consider a guide-led walk at East Norwich's Muttontown Preserve, 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Dress for wooded trails and fields, and bring binoculars to look for juncos, titmice, woodpeckers or kinglets. Call to reserve; meet at the Bill Paterson Nature Center (34 Muttontown Lane). ADMISSION $5 INFO 516-571-8500, nassaucountyny.gov

Tree lighting at Coe Hall

The historic Gold Coast Coe Hall estate gets
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The historic Gold Coast Coe Hall estate gets a bit brighter for the holidays Friday, Dec. 9, when a 35-foot Japanese umbrella pine is lit in the Camellia Greenhouse. The man in red pulls the switch for the tree lighting exactly at 6 p.m. followed by merriment, hot cocoa, refreshments and holiday carolers. While you're there, take in the poinsettias in various colors and displays or take a self-guided tour of the mansion. Seasonal festivities continue 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and next Sunday, Dec. 11 with live music and children's activities ($10 adults, free younger than 12). WHEN | WHERE 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay INFO 516-922-8678, plantingfields.org ADMISSION Free

 

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CRESLI seal walk

Observe and photograph seals in the wild with
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Observe and photograph seals in the wild with experts from the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island. You'll learn about the population of harbor, gray and harp seals before the walk -- bring cameras and binoculars and be sure to wear warm clothing. WHEN | WHERE 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and 9:30 a.m. next Sunday, Dec. 11, Cupsogue Beach County Park (western end), Dune Road, Westhampton INFO 631-319-6003, cresli.org/cresli/seals/sealwalk ADMISSION $5, $3 younger than 18, free younger than 5

 

“A Christmas Carol”

Shake the snow globe and look at Christmases
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Shake the snow globe and look at Christmases past, present and future with Ebenezer Scrooge in a new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" performed by the North County Center for the Arts. WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. next Sunday, Dec. 11, Tilles Center, LIU Post, Northern Boulevard, Brookville INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org ADMISSION $20-$50

 

Beatles tribute band The Liverpool Shuffle

With a playlist that spans performances from
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With a playlist that spans performances from "The Ed Sullivan Show" to Shea Stadium, The Liverpool Shuffle, a Beatles tribute band, performs 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Centerport's Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium. ADMISSION $25 ($20 online), $15 ages 5-15 INFO 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org

'From Here to Eternity' screening

The wartime drama and Academy Award-winning film
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The wartime drama and Academy Award-winning film "From Here to Eternity," starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, is on the big screen with an introduction from host Ben Mankiewicz, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas and AMC Loews Stony Brook 17. ADMISSION $12.50-$13.50 PHONE 800-315-4000 WEB fathomevents.com

Kenny G performance

Whether he's on the soprano saxophone, alto, tenor
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Whether he's on the soprano saxophone, alto, tenor saxophones or the flute, the Grammy-award winning instrumental musician Kenny G brings his signature style to the theater in the round at NYCB Theater at Westbury. Listen for his career hits as well as songs for the holidays. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. next Sunday, Dec. 11, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury INFO 516-334-0800, thetheatreatwestbury.com ADMISSION $49.50-$99.50

 

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Chocolate Expo

The Chocolate Expo celebrates the 45th anniversary of
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The Chocolate Expo celebrates the 45th anniversary of the release of the film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" with a guest appearance by Paris Themmen from the original movie along with 100 vendors selling chocolate in all iterations. The event includes entertainment from "The Amazing Kreskin" at noon as well as chef demonstrations throughout. WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-7 p.m. next Sunday, Dec. 11, Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City INFO 516-572-4111, thechocolateexpo.com ADMISSION $20 adults, $15 ages 2-12 ($10-$15 advance) includes museum admission

 

Northport Historical Society home tour

Join the Northport Historical Society for a self-guided
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Join the Northport Historical Society for a self-guided tour to peek inside historic homes and eclectic businesses decorated for the season, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. You'll find refreshments and music along the way. ADMISSION $36 ($31 advance) PHONE 631-757-9859 WEB northporthistorical.org

Deepwells Holiday Boutique

If you missed the first weekend of the
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If you missed the first weekend of the Deepwells Holiday Boutique in St. James, catch it on its final weekend before the holidays. Thirty artisans scattered throughout the decorated farmhouse display and sell their wares. You'll also find strolling musicians, free hot cocoa and cookies, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11. ADMISSION $5 (free younger than 12) PHONE 631-563-8551 WEB preferredpromotions.com

Model train show

The train has arrived at the station. Watch
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The train has arrived at the station. Watch operating O-gauge trains make their way around towns, city scenes, harborfronts and mountain areas with the TMB Model Train Club's model train show. Children and adults will get a chance to push buttons and operate a set themselves during the event. WHEN | WHERE Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and next Sunday, Dec. 11, 120 Schmitt Blvd., East Farmingdale INFO 516-660-8099, tmbmodeltrainclub.com ADMISSION Free

 

'Allegiance' screening

George Takei's Broadway musical
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George Takei's Broadway musical "Allegiance" depicts Takei's real-life experience in which he and his family, along with 120,000 other Japanese-Americans, were forced to relocate to internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. A Broadway performance was filmed in January and will be screened at theaters in Westbury, Farmingdale, Holtsville, Stony Brook and Hampton Bays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. See website for theater locations. ADMISSION $18-$19 INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.com

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Supermoon at Fire Island Lighthouse

Take advantage of the Dec. 13 supermoon by
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Take advantage of the Dec. 13 supermoon by signing up for an evening tower tour of Fire Island Lighthouse and enjoying an unbroken view of the lunar rarity from atop the 167-foot lighthouse. Call for the required reservation. The 90-minute program starts at 4 p.m. Bring a flashlight for the walk back to the parking field. ADMISSION $20 INFO 631-661-4876, fireislandlighthouse.com

Bucky Dent book signing

Who could forget Bucky Dent's three-run homer off
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Who could forget Bucky Dent's three-run homer off Mike Torrez that led the New York Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in 1978? Meet the former shortstop at a signing hosted by Steiner Sports Store at Roosevelt Field. WHEN | WHERE 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City INFO 516-739-0580, steinersports.com ADMISSION $15 inscription, $20 autograph

 

Cookie exchange at Rogers Mansion

Rogers Mansion's long-standing traditional cookie exchange in Southampton
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Rogers Mansion's long-standing traditional cookie exchange in Southampton features Kathleen King, former owner of Tate's Bake Shop, who makes a guest appearance and gives a talk about making cookies. If you want to participate in the swap, pre-register and be prepared to bring 2-3 dozen of your homemade favorites along with the recipe. WHEN | WHERE 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton INFO 631-283-2494, southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org ADMISSION $15

 

Rockabilly Xmas

What does a rockabilly Christmas sound like? Find
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What does a rockabilly Christmas sound like? Find out as recording artist Jason D. Williams, pictured, goes behind the piano at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead for a salute to the season along with Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks. Singer Prentiss McNeill sings doowop versions of holiday carols. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com ADMISSION $37

 

Children's story and art session

As part the Saturday Storytelling Series at Barnes
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As part the Saturday Storytelling Series at Barnes & Noble, the children's book "Santa's Sleigh Is on its Way to My House: A Christmas Adventure" will be read aloud. After the reading, an activity program enables kids to draw what Santa sees when he comes to their house, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, children's department, 91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. All materials will be provided. ADMISSION Free PHONE 516-741-9850 WEB bn.com

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'Elf' screenings

Here comes that big guy in the elf
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Here comes that big guy in the elf suit again. As part of the Cinema for Kids Series at Cinema Arts Centre, see "Elf," with comedian Will Ferrell as the overgrown elf who saves Christmas in New York, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. ADMISSION $12 (free ages 12 and younger) PHONE 631-423-7611 WEB cinemaartscentre.org

Ho Ho Ho 5K Run

Wear a Santa suit or dress in a
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Wear a Santa suit or dress in a holiday-related costume -- it's encouraged to win a "first place" prize as part of the annual Ho Ho Ho 5K Run. Registration for the run begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at JFK Middle School in Bethpage. Race kicks off at 9:30 a.m., and for the children, there's a free fun run for ages 12 and younger that starts at 8:45 a.m. Put the bottom of your bib in a box and you might win a door prize. ADMISSION $30 ($25 advance); $15 ages 16 and younger ($12.50 advance) PHONE 516-349-7646 WEB glirc.org

Horse and buggy rides in Southampton

Take an old-fashioned ride around the festive village
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Take an old-fashioned ride around the festive village of Southampton with a horse and buggy that accomodates 12-15 passengers. On the way, you'll travel past decorated storefronts and holiday-lit trees. WHEN | WHERE 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, Southampton Art Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton INFO 631-283-0402, southamptonchamber.com ADMISSION Free

 

'Moonlight' screening

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"Moonlight," a film about a young black man's life from childhood to adulthood and his battle to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood, has won or been nominated for more than 40 awards. It will be screened at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The film has been mentioned in Oscar talk in the same sentence as best movie. Rated R. ADMISSION $16, $10 seniors INFO 631-288-1500, whbpac.org

Holiday Spectacular in Holtsville

This is the last weekend for the Holiday
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This is the last weekend for the Holiday Spectacular at Holtsville Park, Ecology Site and Wildlife Center. Families are welcome at this indoor walk-through show of twinkling and colorful holiday depictions, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, and 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Kids should bring their wish list to share with Santa (photo fee). ADMISSION $5, free ages 3 and younger INFO 631-758-9664, brookhaven.org

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Sayville Historical Society’s Holiday House Tour

Decked out for the holidays, private homes in
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Decked out for the holidays, private homes in Sayville and West Sayville open their doors so visitors can take a look inside during the Sayville Historical Society's Holiday House Tour, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Advance tickets required; purchase at Marc Williams Furniture. ADMISSION $25 PHONE 631-563-0186 WEB sayville.com/historicalsociety

'A Celtic Christmas' concert

With a blend of vocals, unique Celtic instrumentation
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With a blend of vocals, unique Celtic instrumentation and some fancy step-dancing, Cherish the Ladies presents "A Celtic Christmas" concert in the Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. ADMISSION $35-$45 PHONE 516-767-6444 WEB landmarkonmainstreet.org

Norman Rockwell at Heckscher

Take a tour of the Hecksher Museum and
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Take a tour of the Hecksher Museum and enjoy some Americana courtesy of their latest exhibit, "Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mort Kunstler Collection." While you're there, look for the "World of Charles Dickens" (1937), pictured, and "Under the Mistletoe" (1936). WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and next Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington INFO 631-351-3250, heckscher.org ADMISSION $8 (free ages 10 and younger)

 

“The Nutcracker” by Eglevsky Ballet

They're on their toes at the Tilles Center,
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They're on their toes at the Tilles Center, where the Eglevsky Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker" features artists from the Dance Theatre of Harlem. The holiday lineup is complete with the Sugar Plum Fairy, angels, dolls and a growing Christmas tree. Following the 1 p.m. performance next Sunday, Dec. 18, families that make a reservation can meet-and-greet with the dancers. WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17; 1 and 5 p.m. next Sunday, Dec. 18, LIU Post, Northern Boulevard, Brookville INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org ADMISSION $48-$78

 

Holiday celebration at Old Westbury

Whether it's during the day or a visit
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Whether it's during the day or a visit after dark -- the Gold Coast estate and former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children is decked out for the holidays and the door is open for visitors. Explore Westbury House and see handcrafted decorations made with natural elements in the historic rooms including the Red Ballroom, the West Porch and the dining area. Santa will be there and so will cookies and cider. WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and next Sunday, Dec. 18, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury INFO 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org ADMISSION $12 ($7 ages 7-17)

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Holiday Spectacular on Ice

With the Holiday Spectacular on Ice, Gateway transforms
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With the Holiday Spectacular on Ice, Gateway transforms the stage at the Patchogue Theatre into a skating rink to host a musical revue on ice. Performers glide around to the tune of holiday favorites accompanied by singers and dancers. WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 and Friday, Dec. 16, noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and next Sunday, Dec. 18, with shows through Dec. 31, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue INFO 631-286-1133 thegateway.org ADMISSION $59-$89 ($35 students); half-priced for ages 5-9

 

Winter Wonderland at the Nassau County Museum of Art

The Nassau County Museum of Art takes it
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The Nassau County Museum of Art takes it outdoors for a Winter Wonderland focusing on the museum's surrounding woodlands. Families are invited to get inspired and draw a landscape using ink made from acorns, along with creating an animal mask. An outdoor walk is also included. WHEN | WHERE 1-4 p.m. next Sunday, Dec. 18, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor INFO 516-484-9337, nassaumuseum.org ADMISSION $12 ($4 ages 4-12), $10 materials fee per family

 

Sal Valentinetti performance

What's life been like for Sal Valentinetti, the
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What's life been like for Sal Valentinetti, the Bethpage crooner who shot to fame as an "America's Got Talent" finalist last season? To start: a three-show gig at the Paramount in Huntington. This time, there's no competition as he sings Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Rat Pack classics. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 and Friday, Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, The Paramount, 370 New York Ave. INFO 631-673-7300, theparamountny.com ADMISSION $25-$54.50

 

Holiday light show

The location has changed, but the holiday tradition
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The location has changed, but the holiday tradition has not. The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County present an annual drive-thru light show complete with vignettes representing the Empire State Building, Fire Island Lighthouse and Santa's toy store all aglow for the holidays -- all in a new location. WHEN | WHERE 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 23, Smith Point County Park, end of William Floyd Parkway, Fire Island INFO 631-543-6622, holidaylightshow.org ADMISSION $20 per car (credit card only)

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