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Gingerbread house competition 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

Remarkable Renaldo

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He's performed with the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford, Circus Sarasota and more -- this time he's all yours. "Remarkable Renaldo" does juggling, magic and pranks 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Long Island Children's Museum. INFO 516-224-5800, licm.org ADMISSION $18 includes museum admission

Evening tower tour at Fire Island Lighthouse

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Get a panoramic view of the barrier beach at night, during an evening tower tour at the Fire Island Lighthouse, 3:45-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. It's 182 steps to the top. Reservations required. INFO 631-661-4876, nps.gov/fiis ADMISSION $20



Gingerbread house competition

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This is the week to imagine, plan and build your gingerbread "person, place or thing" and bring it to the West Islip Public Library between 9 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 for judging and display (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Register in advance at sagtikosmanor.org INFO 631-321-6809 ADMISSION Entry and viewing are free and open to public

2015 East Hampton House & Garden Tour

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Take a self-guided tour of private Hamptons homes. You'll see five residences including a family compound at the end of a long, gated drive and a house on Main Street in Amagansett that was built in 1898. WHEN|WHERE 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Pick up tickets and map at Clinton Academy, 151 Main St., East Hampton. INFO 631-324-6850, easthamptonhistory.org ADMISSION $75 ($65 in advance)

Miracle on Main Street in Sayville

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It's downtown Sayville's time to shine for the holidays. "Miracle on Main Street" fills Main Street with holiday-related activities including roaming carollers, Charles Dickens characters, live reindeer, a gingerbread competition and more, 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. A holiday parade with marchers and floats steps off at 10 a.m. Don't forget, the tree lighting is at 6:30 p.m. INFO 631-567-5457, greatersayvillechamber.com ADMISSION Free

'Jack and the Beanstalk'

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Hand-crafted and rod puppets take over the stage at the Bay Street Theatre for a production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" by The Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater. It's recommended for kids ages 5 and up. WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. INFO 631-725-9500, baystreet.org ADMISSION $15-$25

Leg lamp lighting

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Northport gets into the holiday season with a quirky tradition: a public lighting of the iconic "Christmas Story" leg lamp in the window of the hardware shop. The festive affair is complete with a master of ceremonies and the "Northport Hardware Rockettes" followed by a screening of the movie. WHEN|WHERE 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, Northport Hardware Co., 90 Main St., Northport INFO 631-261-4449



Live CD recording by pianist David Benoit

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The Peanuts gang is the inspiration for a "Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown," performed by jazz pianist and composer David Benoit at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. It's a nod to Vince Guaraldi with selections from the classic holiday recording and TV special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Benoit is joined onstage by vocalist Jane Monheit. WHEN|WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre INFO 516-323-4444, madisontheatre.org ADMISSION $50-$65

Old Bethpage Village Restoration Thanksgiving

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Get an appreciation for the preparation necessary for a 19th-century Thanksgiving dinner at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Nov. 28-29. Guests can enjoy the sights and aromas of a turkey roasted over an open fire and pumpkin pies baked in a beehive oven. Traditional fiddle music will be played in the afternoon and children's stories read several times each day. INFO 516-572-8400 ADMISSION $10 ($7 ages 5-12)

Christkindl Markt

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The smell of pine fills the air -- as the the traditional decorations that surround the tannenbaum are front and center at Plattduetsche Park's German Christmas market. Indoor vendors offer Christmas items imported from Europe -- you'll find ornaments, wreaths, arts and crafts and food items. German fare -- bratwurst, potato salad and the traditional Gluhwein, a mixute of spices and red wine -- is also available. WHEN|WHERE 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 28-29, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square INFO 516-354-3131, parkrestaurant.com ADMISSION Free

Hallockville Museum Farm craft show

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HollyDays Christmas comes to Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead. The Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art and Craft Show showcases the works of folk artists and craftspeople. Shop for folk art, crafts and gifts including baskets, tree trimmings and holiday decor, wreaths, rugs, woodcarvings and decoys 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 27-28 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. INFO 631-298-5292, hallockville.com. ADMISSION Free

American Indian Heritage celebration

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Thanksgiving Sunday is an apt day to celebrate American Indian Heritage. Families are welcomed to the Whaling Museum and Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor for its American Indian Heritage Celebration, where kids can learn about native cultures on Long Island and the role American Indians played in our whaling history. WHEN|WHERE 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 INFO 631-367-3418 ADMISSION $6 ($5 ages 4-18) plus $3 craft activity



'Roman Holiday' screening

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If you're a fan of black and white, vintage films -- time to turn to Turner Classic Movies for a big screen showing of the Academy Award-winning, 1953 romantic comedy, "Roman Holiday," starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck -- it's 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, Loews Stony Brook 17 INFO 631-941-0156, fathomevents.com ADMISSION $12.50

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