Looking for things to do on Long Island? We’ve rounded up the best concerts, fairs, festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.
Walk around the holiday
If the weather outside is frightful, head indoors for a festive, walk-through light show at the Holtsville Ecology Site. The winter wonderland fills the greenhouses and features holiday displays along with a stop for a photo op with Santa in his workshop, 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, and 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, 249 Buckley Rd.; also Dec.15-17.
ADMISSION $5, (free 3 and younger); fee for photo
"A Christmas Carol" plays in Port Jefferson
Looking to start a family holiday tradition? Theatre Three in Port Jefferson stages a masterful rendition of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" every year. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the true meaning of Christmas. Performances this week are 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Dec 14-17, with 3 p.m. matinee performances Saturday and Sunday, Dec 16 and 17. Continues through Dec. 30
INFO 631-928-9100, theatrethree.com
Old Westbury Gardens glows with holiday decor
When the Westbury House at Old Westbury Gardens gets dolled up for the holidays, it may be the ultimate Long Island spot for vintage holiday décor and merrymaking. Browse period rooms decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, mantelpieces and more. Hours this weekend are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec 15, Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday Dec. 17. Kids can enjoy a craft session 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and visit with Santa. Everyone is welcome to cookies and cider.
ADMISSION $12 ($7 ages 7-17)
INFO 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org
Museum in Roslyn encourages patrons to draw inspiration from exhibits
Participate in a hands-on art program for all ages where you can draw your inspirations from the art on view in the current exhibition, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor. Studio Saturdays run through March 31 (excludes Dec. 30) in the Manes Center.
ADMISSION $12 ($4 ages 4-12) includes museum admission
Sketch in the galleries
Draw (literally) inspiration from the works of art in the galleries at Nassau Museum of Art. Led by artist and educator, Glenna Kubit, the "Sketching in the Galleries" program encourages visitors to take a closer look at the art as they engage in a variety of drawing assignments. Paper and pencils will be provided, or feel free to bring your own sketchbooks. WHEN | WHERE 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, Saltzman Fine Art Building, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor INFO 516-484-9338, register at nassaumuseum.org/event s ADMISSION $17 includes museum admission ($9 ages 4-12)
Sing and dance at a menorah lighting
The last night of the St. James menorah lighting has traditionally been the most fun. Gather on the St. James triangle (across from the fire department) for the 5:30 p.m. lighting on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Look forward to music, singing and dancing the hora around the menorah. Enjoy latkes, applesauce, hot apple cider and other treats. Please bring a nonperishable food item for local food pantries. Also, new toys or gifts for children and teens are welcome. They will be donated to St. James Roman Catholic Church in Setauket.
INFO 6312-584-8510, stjameschamber.org
'The MeshugaNutcracker!' will crack you up
'The MeshugaNutcracker!' is a full-length musical comedy that combines the folklore of the fictional town of Chelm (purportedly populated by fools) with a Klezmer-ized version of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." A 2016 live production was filmed at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and will be screened nationwide at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at theaters in Farmingdale and Westbury. See website for specific locations.
INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.com
See 'The Nutcracker Act II' ballet
Ballet Long Island presents a narration about Tchaikovsky's holiday music and dance classic before going directly into the second act of "The Nutcracker". The abbreviated version features the most recognizable pieces, including "Waltz of the Flowers" and "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Rd., Ronkonkoma INFO 631-737-1964, theballetcenter.org ADMISSION $18 ($9 ages 2-12)
Hear Phillip Phillips in concert
The "American Idol" season 11 winner makes a stop at The Paramount on his acoustic tour and promises fan favorites, "Home," "Gone, Gone, Gone" and the folk-rock hit "Raging Fire." Listen for his latest release, "Miles." WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 370 New York Ave., Huntington INFO 631-673-7300, paramountny.com ADMISSION $25-$55
The seven-day festival honors not only African-American culture but also community residents who personify the spirit of Kwanzaa. The Town of Hempstead's event features a performance by Uniondale High School's Rhythm of the Knight show choir, along with dancers and drummers. Families will learn about the history and symbols of the African harvest celebration, and a traditional Kwanzaa feast will be served.
WHEN | WHERE 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, One Washington St., Hempstead
INFO 516-489-5000, ext. 4304, toh.li
Swing to a jazzy Christmas set in Stony Brook
The Bad Little Big Band: Jazz 'N Christmas features great jazz and holiday standards at the intimate and cozy Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. The 12-piece band, with arrangements and compositions by Richie Iacona, will feature vocalist Madeline Kole and local soloists.
ADMISSION $20, $15 seniors, $10 students
INFO 631-751-1895, thejazzloft.org
Join a guided labyrinth walk on the winter solstice
Celebrate the winter solstice with mind-clearing meditation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, during a guided labyrinth walk at The Common Ground at Rotary Park in Sayville. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. This will be the last guided walk until February. Reservations are not necessary. Rain or snow cancels. And remember, days start getting longer the very next day.
INFO 631-459-6603, thecommonground.com
Catch Tony Danza in Westbury
A veteran of the the long-running TV series "Who's the Boss?" and "Taxi," Tony Danza is still going strong. He brings his song and dance presence to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, where you can catch him on his "Standards and Stories" tour. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, NYCB Theatre at Westbury INFO 516-247-5200, venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com ADMISSION $40-$149.50
See the Magic of Lights at Jones Beach
Jones Beach and its illumination-free skies is the perfect venue to experience the Magic of Lights holiday show. More than 1 million lights will be twinkling during the 2½-mile drive. The spectacle is open from dusk to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Dec. 31.
ADMISSION $25 per vehicle (cash only) Monday to Thursday, $30 Friday to Sunday; $20 online at magicoflights.com
INFO 516-785-1600, magicoflights.com
Dance to Friday Night Fever at The Paramount
Get your disco on at The Paramount in Huntington at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, when Friday Night Fever with the New York Bee Gees takes the stage. The group, comprised of musicians formerly associated with big names like Meatloaf and Queen, also welcomes Raniere Martin with a Donna Summer tribute, and Shining Star, an Earth Wind and Fire cover band.
INFO 631-673-7300 paramountny.com
Enjoy a performance of 'Oliver!' in Smithtown
The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts presents "Oliver!" based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist." Enjoy the many memorable songs from this production, including "Consider Yourself at Home" and "Food, Glorious Food." Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, and 2 p.m. Sat., Dec 23. See the website for the schedule through Jan. 21
ADMISSION $25, $15 ages 12 and younger
INFO 631-724-3700, smithtownpac.org
Hear jazz with a holiday twist
Smooth jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum and jazz fusion singer Jonathan Butler join forces for a performance that combines jazz and gospel music, "A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas." Other acts include R&B gospel singer John Stoddart, singer Shelea, and singer Kevin Whalum, who's also Kirk's brother.
WHEN | WHERE 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre
INFO 516-323-4444, madisontheatreny.org
Watch Barnaby save Christmas — again!
"Barnaby Saves Christmas" at Port Jefferson's Theatre Three tells the story of Barnaby, the littlest elf, and his reindeer friend, Franklynne, as they start on a journey to save Christmas. They encounter new friends and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season. Performances are 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 23-24, and Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 28-30. This children's favorite has been presented at Theatre Three for 13 years.
INFO 631-928-9100, theatrethree.com
Explore the night skies at the Vanderbilt Planetarium
Join an astronomy educator for a celestial evening to learn about the skies over Long Island. You'll see constellations and deep-sky objects through projections on the Vanderbilt Planetarium's 60-foot dome. If it's a clear night, the observatory opens up for a chance to view the heavens through the planetarium's 16-inch Meade telescope. WHEN|WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport INFO 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org ADMISSION $10 ($8 ages 12 and younger)
Catch the trains at the Cradle of Aviation Museum
The trains will be on time at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, when the Long Island Garden Railway Society presents its annual holiday train display. Large-scale models will run continuously on a holiday schedule, meandering around the 16-foot tree display and under the suspended Blue Angel F-11 in the atrium. WHEN | WHERE 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. next Sunday, Dec. 24, closed Christmas Day; the exhibit runs through Jan. 1 at the museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City INFO 516-572-4111, cradleofaviation.org ADMISSION $15 ($13 ages 2-12) includes museum admission
See 'Bad Santa' on the big screen
You don't really have to ask this Santa if he's been naughty or nice. Just look at that face! Cinema Arts Centre screens "Bad Santa," showing Mr. Claus totally out of character as played by Billy Bob Thornton.
WHEN | WHERE 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 423 Park Ave., Huntington