Free poinsettia display at Planting Fields Arboretum and more fun things to do 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, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.

Holiday lights at Jones Beach

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It's back -- the drive-through light show at Jones Beach that was a long-running holiday tradition starts this week. The 2.5-mile Holiday Lights Spectacular opens Friday with more than 150 animated and synchronized light displays. Pass through and make a pit stop at a pop-up village with an ice-skating rink. Take pictures with Santa or enjoy holiday music performed by local school choirs. Of note: Wednesday is "pet night" -- bring yours for a free Santa photo. WHEN|WHERE Friday through Jan. 3 (closed Nov. 23-24, 30; Dec. 1, 7, 8 and 14); open dusk-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays at Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. INFO seetheholidaylights.com ADMISSION $20 Monday-Thursday, $25 Fridays-Sundays

Steve Katz concert

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Steve Katz, one of the founding members of Blood, Sweat & Tears, talks about his memoir "Blood, Sweat and My Rock 'N' Roll Years and performs a solo concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 1 at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills. INFO 516-484-1545, sjcc.org ADMISSION $20

Amanda Peet book signing

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The actress and playwright reads and signs her new picture book, "Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein," at Barnes and Noble in Carle Place. The holiday-focused children's book, spotlights little Rachel Rosenstein, determined to celebrate Christmas with it's sparkly ornaments while wrestling with her culture and customs. WHEN|WHERE 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, Country Glen Center 91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place INFO 631-741-9850, barnesandnoble.com ADMISSION Free



George Winston concert

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Solo pianist and "father of new age music" George Winston brings his evocative sounds to Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington 8 p.m. Friday Dec. 4. INFO 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org ADMISSION $32-$42

Hipster Ugly Holiday Sweater Paint Night


Get your wild and crazy on at the Hipster Ugly Holiday Sweater Paint Night at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at Bowl Long Island in Patchogue (138 West Ave.). You will be guided by an artist as you paint images on two wine glasses. Register at paintnight.com. INFO 631-871-7495. ADMISSION $25 (using coupon code LIPN20). All supplies, wine glasses and gift bag included.

Christmas at Sagamore Hill

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]Theodore Roosevelt shares stories of celebrating Christmas at both Sagamore Hill and the White House during "Christmas with the Roosevelts" 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 5. Live harp and flute music as well as vocalists will fill the air., there will be holiday arts and crafts activities for children. Complimentary hot cocoa and cider, too. WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, 20 Sagamore Hill Rd., Oyster Bay. INFO 516-922-4788, nps.gov/sahi ADMISSION Free

Holiday Ball of Fame

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Foghat headlines the Holiday Ball of Fame that showcases the band on the 40th anniversary of its hit song, "Slow Ride" and the release of the "Fool for the City" album. Also playing: Vince Martell and his Band of Brothers, Kerry Kearney Band, Randy Jackson of Zebra and the Bouchard Brothers. WHEN|WHERE 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh INFO 516-938-1626, limusichalloffame.org ADMISSION $50 ($39.50 advance)

Wooden Wonderland Carvers Holiday Show and Sale

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Woodworkers from across Long Island will be displaying their works of art at the Wooden Wonderland Carvers Holiday Show and Sale 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead. At this free event, expect to see carving and woodworking demonstrations and browse wood Santas, gnomes, ornaments and other holiday gifts. INFO 631-727-2881, suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org



Aztec Two-Step

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Folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step performs the "Simon and Garfunkel Songbook: An Evening of Songs and Stories" with Long Island Music Hall of Fame archivist Tony Traguardo narrating the musical history of the rock icons, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore. INFO 866-811-4111, boultoncenter.org ADMISSION $40-$45

Holiday House Tour

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Several gracious homeowners open their doors for this year's self-guided holiday home tour in Amityville. Once inside, you'll get a peek at holiday decorations and personal styles. Pick up tickets and maps by calling the Junior League of the Amityville's Women's Club or visiting Johnson's Florist on Route 110 or Bella Maison on Merrick Road. Light refreshments will be served during the tour at St. Mary's Church. WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Amityville INFO 631-691-8435 ADMISSION $20

"A Very Lennon Christmas"

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This is a gift to John Lennon and Beatles fans as well. Classic Albums Live presents a concert that features hits from Lennon's solo career as well as his iconic work with The Beatles. Listen for "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance" as well as, "Come Together" and I Am a Walrus." WHEN|WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington INFO 631-673-7300, paramountny.com ADMISSION $19.99-$45

Telescope lecture

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The Custer Institute in Southold present a lecture and a workshop for anyone interested in purchasing a telescope or who already has one but isn't optimizing its potential 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 5. This event happens at the observatory at 1115 Main Bayview Rd. INFO 631-765-2626, custerobservatory.org ADMISSION free

National Lionel Train Day

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Hobby shops nationwide celebrate the many generations of Lionel toy trains Saturday with a variety of family-friendly activities to kick off the maker's 115th anniversary. You'll find hands-on operating Lionel train layouts, Lionel representatives interacting with train fans, face painting and balloon artists, along with vendors selling conductor hats and temporary tattoos. WHEN|WHERE 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Nassau Hobby Center, 13 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport; Trainland, 293 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook INFO 516-378-9594, 516-599, lionel.com ADMISSION Free




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Dozens of Santas take to downtown Riverhead area beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 -- from East Main Street to the Hyatt Place East End -- as local establishments offer food and beverage specials for SantaCon. Eateries include Cliff's Rendezvous, Diggers and Joe's Garage and Grill -- stop by the Suffolk Theater at 4 p.m. a DJ dance party -- costumes encouraged. INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com ADMISSION $10 registration

Old Westbury Gardens holiday weekend celebration

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The rooms are decorated by the horticulture staff with Christmas trees, wreaths, mantelpiece arrangements, topiaries and plants at Old Westbury Gardens for a weekend celebration that begins with holiday crafts, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 5 and a concert at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 by the Long Island Flute Club. The house is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, Dec. 5-6, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. Hot cider and cookies will be served on the West Porch. PHONE 516-333-0048 ADMISSION $10, $5 ages 7-17; free ages 6 and younger

Poinsettia display


It's the season and here's the reason to visit Planting Fields Arboretum-- see hundreds of blooming poinsettias in the greenhouse, including varieties such as Freedom Peppermint, Orion Red, Winter Rose Red and Orange Spice. WHEN|WHERE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay INFO 516-922-8600, plantingfields.org ADMISSION Free

The Holiday Fine Art and Craft Fair

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More than 70 craftspeople and artisans gather for a holiday fine arts and crafts fair displaying unique handcrafted items, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6 at the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills. Shop a range of paintings, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics--there will also be instructor demonstrations INFO 631-462-5400, artleagueli.org ADMISSION free

Railroad Museum Open House

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The Railroad Museum of Long Island in Greenport throws open its doors for the annual holiday open house 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec 5 and Sunday Dec. 6 (Santa visits at noon both days). Check out the 32' HO train layout and enjoy refreshments, gifts and a train set raffle. As the museum is steps from the LIRR, consider taking the little ones on a train ride to this free event. INFO 631-477-0439, rmli.org



Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers model train layout

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A holiday visit to the Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers model train layout in Levittown is an annual tradition in some Long Island families. Available for only two weekends, the 25x80' layout features five main lines, two large passenger and freight yards, and two large city scenes. WHEN Hours are 8-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday Dec. 6 (the second weekend is Dec. 11-13). WHERE The event is at 2953 Hempstead Turnpike. INFO 516-735-6370, nloe.org. ADMISSION free

Gingerbread house contest

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Vote for your favorite gingerbread house at the Valley Stream Historical Society's annual contest and bake sale, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration. Winners receive bragging rights and a cash prize. INFO 516-825-7157, vsvny.org ADMISSION free

Menorah lighting

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A 25-foot metal menorah is the center of attention at Long Beach's Kennedy Plaza during the first night of Hanukkah, Sunday, Dec. 6. Everyone is invited to gather as the menorah is lit and enjoy performances by local Hebrew school choirs, hot cocoa and homemade-style potato latkes. The menorah will be lit every night at 6 p.m. (activities begin at 5 p.m.) through Dec. 13 with the exception of 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. INFO 516-431-1000, longbeachny.gov

"You Go Girl! Celebrating Women Artists"

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Heckscher Museum of Art shines a light on women in "You Go Girl! Celebrating Women Artists," a new exhibit opening this week. See works by early-feminist pioneer Miriam Schapiro who incorporated crafts into her pieces as well as May Stevens and Audrey Flack who challenged male authority in subtle ways in their work. WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington INFO 631-351-3250, heckscher.org ADMISSION $6 ($4 ages 10-17)

Greenport Shellabration

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Take a culinary adventure around Greenport and visit local restaurants featuring tastings ($5) that highlight local shellfish recipes with 3-ounce wine ($3) and brew pairings. There'll be plenty of fresh scallops, oysters and clams served at eateries including First and South, Noah's and Lucharitos along with local wineries and breweries including Macari Vineyards, Shin Estate and Moustache Brewing Company. Reservations required. WHEN|WHERE Noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6, Greenport INFO 631-727-7850, ext. 329, shellabration.li ADMISSION $20 ($50 VIP)



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