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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.

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-thru 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.
INFO 631-201-5050,
ADMISSION $25 per car, $23 in advance

Catch a play for kids at LI Children's Museum

Try to catch a performance of "The Big
Photo Credit: Long Island Children’s Museum

Try to catch a performance of "The Big Bolt!" a comedy for children at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City. In addition to enjoying lots of laughs, kids ages 3 to 8 can learn important lessons on honesty, consequences and forgiveness. Shows are 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, Dec 5 to 7, and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 26 to 30. Admission is $9 with museum admission of $14 or $12 for show only. MORE INFO For tickets call 516-224-5800 or go to

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.

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

See Coe Hall and Planting Fields in holiday finery

This time of year becomes extra special with
Photo Credit: Lynn A. Petry

This time of year becomes extra special with a visit to historic Coe Hall Mansion at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. You’ll find the Holiday Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. Visit with Santa, hear music by pianist Jack Kohl, the Como Brothers and the House of the Red Heart Singers. While you’re thinking magnificent, visit the main greenhouse (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the first week of January) and take in the hundreds of poinsettia and cyclamen on display. Festival continues Dec. 15 and 16
INFO 516-922-9200,
ADMISSION $10; younger than 12 free

Visit a tiny town in holiday mode at Longwood Estate in Ridge

A tiny fictional town with a model train
Photo Credit: Town of Brookhaven

A tiny fictional town with a model train wending through it is on display at the Longwood Estate in Ridge (Smith and Longwood roads). Look for a carnival, a waterfall, a pancake house and a nativity scene for starters.  Doors are open to visitors 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Christmas Day) until the end of January. More information on this free event call 631-924-1820. 

Give a warm welcome to the Beach Boys in Huntington

The Beach Boys take the stage at 8
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

The Beach Boys take the stage at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at The Paramount in Huntington, a stop on their Reason for the Season Christmas Tour. The show features holiday tunes, along with classic BB songs led by Mike Love and Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston.
INFO 631-673-7300,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $84.50 

See Cherry Grove documentary at Cinema Arts Centre

As part of the Out at the Movies
Photo Credit: Michael Fisher

As part of the Out at the Movies series at Cinema Art Centre, “Cherry Grove Stories” is screened at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. The documentary focuses on the unique character of Fire Island’s Cherry Grove and how the destination has became a safe haven for the LGBTQ community. Admission includes a reception with the director Michael Fisher and drag entertainers. 
INFO 631-423-7611,

Let 'A Magical Cirque Christmas' amaze you at the Coliseum

Ballet-acrobats Runfei Deng and Shilei Chen are among
Photo Credit: A Magical Cirque Christmas

Ballet-acrobats Runfei Deng and Shilei Chen are among the dazzling illusions, aerialists and artists performing to holiday music in "A Magical Cirque Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. Also featured are  "America's Got Talent" finalists Tyce and Mary Nielsen of Duo Transcend and juggler Roberto Carlos.  
INFO 516-231-4848,
ADMISSION $38.50 with $15 parking fee

Ponder 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' in Westbury

Find some Christmas joy with the Peanuts gang,
Photo Credit: Plaza Theatricals

Find some Christmas joy with the Peanuts gang, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Charlie Brown is mainly at the controls, and with the help of friends Lucy, Linus and a ragged little Christmas tree. Be sure to stay after the show to meet and greet Mr. and Mrs. S. Claus.
INFO 516-247-5200,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $20


Watch "The Nutcracker" at Tilles Center

Long Island's ballet company and academy, Eglevsky Ballet,
Photo Credit: Eduardo Patino

Long Island’s ballet company and academy, Eglevsky Ballet, presents the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Tilles Center. Returning in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy is Unity Phelan, soloist from the New York City Ballet, who is partnered with New York City Ballet principal Jared Angle in the role of The Cavalier. Tchaikovsky’s score will be performed by the Massapequa Philharmonic, conducted by David Bernard.
INFO  516-299-3100,
ADMISSION $48 to $78

Run a 5k with a ho, ho, ho in Bethpage

Sign up for the 5-kilometer Ho, Ho, Ho
Photo Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Sign up for the 5-kilometer Ho, Ho, Ho Holiday Run or fun run online or on the day of the race between 7:30 and 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The race steps off at 9:30 a.m. and is preceded by the fun run at 8:45 a.m. Come dressed for the occasion and participate in the costume parade at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume. Post-race activities include hot chocolate, food and door prizes. 
INFO 516-349-7646,
ADMISSION $30, $25 in advance; discount for 16 and younger if they preregister

Walk on the wide side to welcome winter at Fire Island

Explore the barrier beaches at Fire Island National
Photo Credit: Jennifer Smith

Explore the barrier beaches at Fire Island National Seashore just before fall turns to winter. The Welcome Winter Walk, will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Dress warmly and join the park rangers for a family-friendly program at the Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Center that includes the walk and a craft-making workshop to create an ornament celebrating the season. Free parking at Smith Point County Park parking lot, end of William Floyd Parkway, Fire Island
INFO 631-281-3010,

Get some rockabilly at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead

Need a dose of rockabilly music and culture?
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Need a dose of rockabilly music and culture? Wrapped up like a big holiday present, the Suffolk Theater gives you "WLNG's Rockabilly Christmas," featuring Sun Record's recording artist, Jason D. Williams on piano, along with Long Island's own Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks and Drifter singer, Prentiss McNeil. Things start jumping at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Riverhead. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  
INFO 631-727-4343,
ADMISSION $39 to  $49

Watch a 'Civil War Christmas' re-enactment in Oakdale

The Oakdale Historical Society sponsors a
Photo Credit: Steve Birkeland

The Oakdale Historical Society sponsors a  “Civil War Christmas” re-enactment from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Berard Boulevard and Montauk Highway, Oakdale. The event focuses on re-creating the sights and sounds of Christmas around the battlefields. See soldiers and civilians in period dress, as well as a tent encampment. There will be music from the period, a performance by the Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts choir  a “hanging of the greens” to decorate the church, a tree lighting at 5 p.m. and a lecture in the church about 19th century holiday celebrations. A "Civil War Christmas" service begins at 7:15 p.m. in the church.  
INFO 631-487-8980, oakdalehistoricalsociety

Score a Billy Joel bobblehead at Nassau Coliseum

Talk about scoring a goal. As part of
Photo Credit: New York Islanders

Talk about scoring a goal. As part of Billy Joel Night at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum, the first 10,000 fans   at the New York Islanders vs. the Detroit Red Wings game, receive an exclusive Billy Joel bobblehead doll. Joel’s music will be featured throughout the game and all fans in attendance will be eligible to win tickets to Joel’s sold-out New Year’s Eve performance at the coliseum. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
INFO 516-231-4848,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $38

Make holiday treats for family pets at the LI Children's Museum

Don't leave the furry friends in your life
Photo Credit: Getty Images iStockphoto/WebSubstance

Don’t leave the furry friends in your life off your holiday shopping list.  The folks at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City are hosting Treats for Beasts from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Kids ages 3 and older are invited to make yummy treats made of sunflower butter, oatmeal and pumpkin which are safe for cats, dogs, birds, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils.  This is a drop-in event and is free with museum admission of $14.  Call 516-224-5800 or go to for more information.


Explore Sayville history with holiday house tour

The Sayville Historical Society is sponsoring a self-guided
Photo Credit: Getty Images iStockphoto/oversnap

The Sayville Historical Society is sponsoring a self-guided house tour for the holidays, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, rain or shine. Travel at your own pace, visiting more than five locations around the hamlet. Pick up your tickets and map at the Marc Williams Furniture Store, 66 N. Main St. The tour features a variety of homes including historical and contemporary sites.
INFO 631-563-0186,

Join princesses and friends for a tea in Ronkonkoma

Watch dances with Santa, as well as Cinderella,
Photo Credit: Getty Images iStockphoto/Janifest

Watch dances with Santa, as well as Cinderella, Snow White and the Little Mermaid. The Holiday Princess Tea Party also has plenty of holiday music and tea party refreshments, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Rd. in Ronkonkoma. Dressing in a favorite princess gown or prince suit is encouraged. After the performance, a meet and greet with the cast offers photo ops. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
INFO 631-737-1964,


The forecast calls for 98 Degrees in Westbury

The weather outside might be frightful, but indoors
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

The weather outside might be frightful, but indoors it'll be 98 Degrees, when the multiplatinum pop group with Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons takes the stage at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Listen for their signature harmonizing, especially on songs from their "Let it Snow" holiday album. 
INFO 516-247-5200,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $39.50


Tune into a holiday classic at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead

A live play in the style of the
Photo Credit: Fotolia

A live play in the style of the old-time radio shows features the holiday favorite, "It's a Wonderful Life." The Suffolk Performing Arts Alliance brings you the classic, taking you back in time with George Bailey, Mr. Potter, Clarence and Zuzu's petals at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead.
INFO 631-727-4343,
ADMISSION $15, $5 ages 12 and younger

Get on board for a holiday train display in Babylon

The train layouts may look familiar, since their
Photo Credit: Fotolia

The train layouts may look familiar, since their all inspired by local landmarks and historic sites. Catch the Holiday Model Train display noon to 3 p.m. Fridays to Sundays through Jan. 6, 2019. The show is presented by the Town of Babylon History Museum, Old Babylon Town Hall, 47 W. Main St. 
INFO 631-587-3750

Sign up a young actor for a class in Ronkonkoma

If you need a break from the holiday
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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