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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, festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.

Watch Mickey and pals perform on ice at the Coliseum

See the prime residents of the Magic Kingdom
Photo Credit: Disney/Feld Entertainment

See the prime residents of the Magic Kingdom as Disney on Ice presents "Mickey's Search Party" at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. This time, Mickey Mouse and his pals follow Captain Hook's treasure map for clues to finding Tinker Bell, running Nov. 15-25. Along the way, you'll encounter other Disney greats.
INFO 516-231-4848,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $35, $15 parking fee


See 'Annie' on stage in Oakdale

The charming and beloved red-haired little girl makes
Photo Credit: CM Performing Arts Center

The charming and beloved red-haired little girl makes her way to the stage of the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre for 13 live performances of "The Musical Annie." 
WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and run through Dec. 23 at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale.
MORE INFO $18 to $42. For a complete schedule go to or  631-218-2810.

Visit with 'Early Man' at Cinema Arts in Huntington

The animated British comedy, "Early Man" opened this
Photo Credit: Aardman Studios

The animated British comedy, "Early Man" opened this past January. Common Sense Media calls it  “a winner thanks to charming characters, clever physical comedy, and a simple premise about soccer's fictional prehistoric origins.”
WHEN | WHERE  11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.
MORE INFO $12, free under age 12. Tickets available online and at door;  631-423-7610 or

Find holiday lights aglow at Jones Beach State Park

The outdoor holiday tradition continues when visitors to
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

The outdoor holiday tradition continues when visitors to the Magic Lights display at Jones Beach State Park experience more than a mile of festive lights beginning Friday, Nov. 16, and running through Dec. 30. Line up for the drive thru in the comfort of your car, and at the end of the festive journey, visit with Santa and walk through the Jolly Holiday Festival Village. 
ADMISSION $25, $20 in advance

Take time for a turkey trot in Garden City

Join the Garden City Turkey Trot before the
Photo Credit: Lou Minutoli

Join the Garden City Turkey Trot before the big holiday meal. Choose between a fun run at 9:15 a.m. or a 5 miler at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Special-needs athletes begin at 8:30 a.m. with free registration. The turkey trot starts at St. Paul's School on Stewart Avenue and, just like the dinner, you'll need a bib for this one, too. 
INFO 516-515-1598,  For more turkey trots, go to
ADMISSION $15 to $35

A wee hours craft show at Cinema Arts Centre

The Great All-Nighter (Black Friday edition) indoor bazaar
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

The Great All-Nighter (Black Friday edition) indoor bazaar at the Cinema Arts Centre features jewelry, arts and crafts, vintage clothes, rare vinyl, collectibles and oddities handmade by local artisans on display and for sale, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, to 2 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. You’ll find all of this in the Sky Room Café, where snacks, wine and beer also will be for sale.
INFO 631-423-7610,

Hear Art Garfunkle at Suffolk Theater

Art Garfunkel brings his elegant styling to the
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Mitchell Leff

Art Garfunkel brings his elegant styling to the Suffolk Theater, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, during his "In Close-Up" tour. 
INFO 631-727-4343,
ADMISSION $65 to $95

Take a candlelight tour of history in Southold

Nothing says it's holiday season better than a
Photo Credit: Southold Historical Society

Nothing says it’s holiday season better than a room lit by candles. The Southold Historical Society opens its doors and presents its annual candlelight tour courtesy of the society’s festive Victorian decorators. Visit the Ann Currie-Bell House and don’t miss the Thomas Moore House decorated in Colonial style, 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the museum complex on Main Road. Throughout the complex, you’ll find craft demonstrations, games and refreshments.
INFO 631-765-5500,

Take on history in board games in Hauppauge

For people who like to play board games
Photo Credit: Harvey Mossman

For people who like to play board games -- and in particular games that depict events including World War II, the Civil and Revolutionary wars, and the Roman Empire -- the FaTDog (Friday After Thanksgiving Day of Gaming) Historical Gaming Convention has something for you, 9 a.m. to midnight Friday, Nov. 23, Radisson Hotel, 110 Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge. Some games are provided and some can be brought. Just be sure to sign up ahead for table time. You'll also find game vendors selling board and adventure games.
ADMISSION $25 includes lunch; $30 includes lunch, dinner and gift bag

Be there when the lights go on in Montauk

It's the beginning of the holiday season at
Photo Credit: Doug Kuntz

It's the beginning of the holiday season at the end of Long Island when the historic Montauk Lighthouse is lighted courtesy of the Montauk Historical Society. Be there when the switch is flipped. Festivities start at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 (rain date: Sunday, Nov. 25). You can't help but get into the spirit as holiday music, caroling and a visit by Santa make it official.
INFO 631-668-2544,

Celebrate a 19th century Thanksgiving at Old Bethpage Village

Let the holiday celebrations begin. Start by witnessing
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Let the holiday celebrations begin. Start by witnessing a Thanksgiving feast prepared at Old Bethpage Village Restoration the way it would have been done in 1863. You'll find traditional cooking demonstrations using a beehive oven and roasting over an open fire, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25. While you're there, get funky with some fiddle music and hear some historic legends. Of course, the historic homes scattered around the restoration are open for visitors.
INFO 516-572-8400,
ADMISSION $13, $8 ages 5-12


Take a self-guided tour of Hamptons homes

The theme of this year's self-guided tour reflects
Photo Credit: Jake Rajs

The theme of this year’s self-guided tour reflects what it’s like to live in the Hamptons. This year’s East Hampton House and Garden Tour features five houses that are all different in style and fit into the theme, Explore Our Historic Past Through a Kalidescope of Distinctive Houses, by Sea, by Bay and South of the Highway, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Pick up tickets and a brochure for the house tour at Clinton Academy, 151 Main St., East Hampton. An opening-night cocktail party runs, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the Maidstone Club, $200 which includes entry to the house tour
INFO 631-324-6850,
ADMISSION $75, $65 in advance

See Sinbad in stand-up in Westbury

Actor and comedian Sinbad sails into the NYCB
Photo Credit: Getty Images for CFN/Mike Moore

Actor and comedian Sinbad sails into the NYCB Theater at Westbury, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, with his signature storytelling brand of stand-up, performed in the half round. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the "100 Greatest Standups of All Times," this night, you'll be the judge.
ADMISSION Tickets start at $39.50

Shop for imported gifts from Germany in Franklin Square

Shop for unique holiday gifts at the Christkindl
Photo Credit: Newsday/Lynn A. Petry

Shop for unique holiday gifts at the Christkindl Markt in the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. The two-day festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25 is reminiscent of the holiday markets found in Europe. Here you'll find traditional Christmas centerpieces made of wood, arts and crafts, handmade wreaths and greenery and lots of imported food specialties.
INFO 516-354-3131,

Experience The Clairvoyants at NYCB Theatre

The Clairvoyants, Amelie Tass and Tommy Ten, both
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Slaven Vlasic

The Clairvoyants, Amelie Tass and Tommy Ten, both at left, runners-up on Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent,” bring their mentalism act to NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Their holiday show, "A Clairvoyant Christmas” features audience participation with random readings.
INFO 516-247-5200,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $35: $99 VIP ticket (includes post-show meet and greet)

Try family-oriented arts at Guild Hall in East Hampton

A cultural diversity celebration, artXchange,  at Guild
Photo Credit: Barbara Jo Howard

A cultural diversity celebration, artXchange,  at Guild Hall features art-inspired activities centered on the current gallery exhibitions. The family friendly lineup, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, includes art workshops, a bilingual gallery tour, a scavenger hunt, a lobby project hosted by the Teen Arts Council, live theatrical performances and a free empanada truck.    
INFO 631-324-0806,

Step back in time for holiday festivities at Old Westbury Gardens

Historic Westbury House on the grounds of Old
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Historic Westbury House on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens is showing how early 20th century holidays were hosted. Rooms once occupied by the Phipps Family are now open to the public and decorated with Christmas wreaths, topiaries, plants and holiday arrangements, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25. For the children, a drop-in workshop instructs on a holiday-themed craft to take home, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. A holiday market at The Barn at Orchard Hill and Orchard House features one-of-a-kind crafts and an artisanal boutique, along with local food delicacies for sale.
INFO 516-333-0048,
ADMISSION $12, $7 ages 7 to 17

Full steam ahead to model train show in Farmingdale

Visit an open house hosted by the TMB
Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Visit an open house hosted by the TMB Model Railroad Club, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25, at 120 Schmitt Blvd. in Farmingdale. Find 10 operating layouts on multiple tracks that equal 19 scale miles. Running around the tracks will be Lionel, Atlas, MTH and other O-gauge trains. Look for some new scenery including a logging line on a 14-foot mountain and street scenes. There's some operating buttons to be pushed.
INFO ​631-873-7688,

Start the holidays with Sayville's Miracle on Main

Sayville ushers in the holidays with a full
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Sayville ushers in the holidays with a full day of activities, culminating with Miracle on Main on Saturday, Nov. 24; rain date, Sunday, Nov. 25. A holiday parade steps off at 10 a.m., followed by a Winter Wonderland from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that include trolley rides, ice skating, a visit by Santa, crafts and a carousel. The Miracle on Main festivities run 5 to 9 p.m. with roaming carolers, ice sculptors, music and festive shopping with special deals for the holidays. A tree-lighting ceremony is at 6:30 p.m.
INFO 631-567-5257,

Get a rockin' start to the holidays at NYCB Theatre in Westbury

Give a shout out to Long Island native,
Photo Credit: AP/Jim Cooper

Give a shout out to Long Island native, guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer. He rounds up his orchestra and returns to his roots, 8. m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury for the Christmas Rocks concert. 
INFO 516-247-5200
ADMISSION $39.50 and higher


Enjoy a holiday light show in Calverton

Making it's debut at the Long Island Sports
Photo Credit: BOLD Broadcasting

Making it's debut at the Long Island Sports Park in Calverton, the drive-through Riverhead Holiday Light Show features more than a million lights depicting holiday scenes and displays, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1 and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; runs through Dec. 30. Enjoy it from the comfort of your car.
INFO 631-201-5050,
ADMISSION $25 per car, $23 in advance

Join the Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson

The annual Dickens Festival takes over Port Jefferson
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

The annual Dickens Festival takes over Port Jefferson Village, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2. See costumed street performers inspired by characters from "A Christmas Carol," including Scrooge, Father Christmas or a chimney sweep. Take a trolley or horse-drawn carriage ride,  or visit Santa's Workshop, noon to 4 p.m. Festivities will include lots of live musical performances, a "Great Wizard of the North" magic show and the "Fezziwig Ball," both at the Village Center. 
INFO 631-802-2160,
ADMISSION Free, but some fees apply


Put your best foot forward for SantaCon in Eisenhower Park

Dress in your holiday best costume to compete
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

Dress in your holiday best costume to compete for prizes for the most original, best costume and best group costume at this year's SantaCon 5k Walk and Roll, on Saturday, Dec. 1, rain or shine, at Fields 6/6A in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. Free admission for Santas with wheelchairs and walkers. The run begins at 9 a.m. and the Walk and Roll begins at 10 a.m. Donations of unwrapped toys will be accepted.
INFO 631-278-6385,
ADMISSION $25 entry fee for 5-kilometer runners, free all others (donations appreciated)

Laugh it up with Tracy Morgan in Huntington

Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan, currently starring in
Photo Credit: Getty Images /Mike Coppola

Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan, currently starring in the TBS show "The Last OG," brings his stand-up show to The Paramount in Huntington at  8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, as part of The Paramount Comedy Series. Expect him to touch on subjects near and dear to his heart, including his family. The theater cautions that this performance is for mature audiences. 
INFO 631-673-7300,
ADMISSION $50 and up


Sample shellfish, beer and wines in Greenport

Sample the best Long Island's bays have to
Photo Credit: Getty Images iStockphoto/nstanev

Sample the best Long Island's bays have to offer in the way of scallops, clams and oysters at this year's Shellabration in Greenport, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2. The restaurant walking tour features the best in local shellfish prepared by Greenport's leading chefs, paired with wine and beer. A Shellabration wristband gets you discounts and promotions at participating merchants throughout the village. Benefits Cornell Cooperative Extension's marine program.
ADMISSION $30 for the weekend; $20 Sunday-only wristband; $5 small plates, $3 pours

Be there when the puck drops at Nassau Coliseum

Here's a chance to catch the New York
Photo Credit: Brad Penner

Here's a chance to catch the New York Islanders at  NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. They take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, Dec. 1. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
INFO 516-231-4848,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $72, $20 parking fee


Visit decorated homes on Amityville walking tour

The doors are open at this year's Amityville
Photo Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

The doors are open at this year's Amityville Holiday Home Tour. Enjoy the Sea It to Believe It self-guided tour, sponsored by the Amityville Junior League, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, rain or shine. After the tour, stop by historic St. Mary's Episcopal Church in the village for tea and cookies. Also, the Lauder Museum on Broadway is open for a look into Amityville's history. Pick up tickets and maps at the Lauder Museum or Bella Mason on Park Avenue.

Watch seals in the wild off Westhampton Beach

Join the experts from the Coastal Research and
Photo Credit: John Dunn

Join the experts from the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island and take a seal walk to learn about, observe and photograph harbor, gray and harp seals in the wild. Meet at 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m. start on Sunday Dec. 2, at the western end of the parking lot at Cupsogue Beach Park in Westhampton Beach. Dress for the weather and bring camera, binoculars and your enthusiasm.  
INFO 631-319-6003, reservations required on
ADMISSION $5, $3 younger than 18

Watch a menorah lighting in Merrick

The Chabad of Merrick-Bellmore-Wantagh hosts its annual Hanukkah
Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner

The Chabad of Merrick-Bellmore-Wantagh hosts its annual Hanukkah Experience in Merrick at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, with a menorah lighting to mark the first night of the holiday. A glow-in-the-dark menorah parade follows at 3:45 p.m. from the Merrick Long Island Rail Road station to the Chabad Center on Hewlett Avenue. At the center, there will be a potato latke fry-off competition, Hanukkah crafts and a performance by the Jewish Early Learning Center’s Preschool and Hebrew School. At the event, time will be set aside for a tribute to the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
INFO 516-833-3057,

Sign up a young actor for a class in Ronkonkoma

Here's your chance! Calling all vocalists, bands, karaoke
Photo Credit: iStock

Is there a child in your family longing for a microphone? Ballet Long Island in Ronkonkoma is offering weekly Acting Scene Study and Monologue classes for kids. All classes are on Wednesdays. The 4:30 class is tailored to those aged 11 and older. The 5:30 p.m. class is for ages 5-10. This is a drop-in program.
INFO 631-737-1964,
ADMISSION $20 per class, $58 per calendar month for a series of classes

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