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A live performance by The Laurie Berkner Band

A live performance by The Laurie Berkner Band is schedule for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the LIU Tilles Center in Brookville. Credit: Jayme Thornton

Thanksgiving Day will come and go, then families will be free as -- um -- a bird to enjoy the rest of the long holiday weekend. What to do with all that time? Start celebrating the next round of holidays:


WHAT Skate with family and friends, enjoy holiday crafts and activities, and see the lighting of the giant ice menorah at Hanukkah on Ice. Kosher food available for purchase. Sponsored by Chabad of Roslyn.

WHEN | WHERE Sunday, Dec. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Iceland Long Island (3345 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park) 516-746- 1100,

PRICE $10 a person, includes skate rental.


WHAT Jeff Boyer presents a bubble volcano, bubble roller coaster and more during his comedy, music and magic performance called "The Incredible Bubble Show." Attendees also can make Hanukkah sand art. Hot latkes and doughnuts served.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Southampton Hospital Parrish Hall (Corner of Herrick Road and Lewis Street, Southampton), 631-287-2249.

PRICE Free, compliments of Chabad of Southampton, but RSVP appreciated.


WHAT The Laurie Berkner Band will perform tunes from the album "A Laurie Berkner Christmas."

WHEN | WHERE Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Tilles Center (Route 25A, Brookville), 516-299-3100,

PRICE $28 or $38


WHAT Two reindeer, Blitzen and Vixen, arrive Saturday at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury and stay until Dec. 24, when they head back to the North Pole. This year's animated, walk-through children's story, "A Sweet Family Christmas," is also open for viewing. A brass band plays holiday music from noon to 4 p.m. Children can mail a letter to Santa in the North Pole mailbox, and he will respond if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m at Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury), 516-334-0066,

PRICE Free admission, but the nursery encourages donations of canned food for Long Island Cares.


WHAT Bring a handmade ornament related to the sea, nature or a lighthouse to help decorate the Fire Island Lighthouse's indoor holiday tree. Free hot chocolate and cookies. Then, tour the lighthouse tower. (Must be 42 inches tall to climb.)

WHEN | WHERE Saturday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Tower tour at 3:45 p.m.) at the Fire Island Lighthouse (1 Burma Rd., Fire Island), 631-321- 7028,

PRICE Tree trimming is free; tower tour is $20 a person. Reservations required.


WHAT BroadHollow Theatre Company tells the tale of Madeline, who is the only one who isn't sick in bed at Miss Clavel's school on Christmas Eve. She accomplishes all the chores herself and still manages to arrange a Christmas treat for her friends.

WHEN |WHERE Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at BayWay Arts Center (265 E. Main St., East Islip) 631-581-2700,

PRICE $12 at the door.

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