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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.

Emerson String Quartet performance

The Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet celebrates its 40th
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The Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary performing a repertoire of classics including Beethoven and other masters at Stony Brook University. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Stony Brook University's Staller Center INFO 631-632-2787, staller.sunysb.edu ADMISSION $48

 

Charlie Chaplin films

Cinema Arts Centre screens classic Charlie Chaplin film

Cinema Arts Centre screens classic Charlie Chaplin film shorts made at the Essanay Studios in new, archival digital restorations. The face, signature hat and mustache are undeniable -- see them clearly in "A Night in the Show," "The Bank" and "The Tramp," all accompanied by live music courtesy of Ben Model. WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 423 Park Ave., Huntington INFO 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org ADMISSION $15

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

 

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

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'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

 

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

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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

 

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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