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.
Classic Country Rock
The Marshall Tucker Band returns to The Paramount in Huntington for the fifth time for a live performance at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. The Southern rock and country band, which largely created the genre, welcomes special guests Stolen Rhodes and The Steppin Stones.
ADMISSION $25 to $103
INFO 631-673-7300 paramountny.com
Holiday classics with a jazz twist
The Jazz Loft presents Duke Ellington's "The Nutcracker Suite," featuring Tom Manuel and the Jazz Loft Band along with a guest vocalist. Besides the main affair, other holiday classics will be performed. While you're there, take a look around to see musical artifacts, vintage pictures and clothing associated with famous jazz musicians.
WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; also 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook
ADMISSION $30, $25 seniors, $20 students
INFO 631-751-1895, thejazzloft.org ,
Watch them draw
Think you're raising the next Picasso? Find out when children ages 3 to 5 are encouraged to investigate color, form, shape and more during supervised hands-on activities at the Nassau County Museum of Art. During the Fri-Yay Art Day program, creative expression is encouraged, as children discover new art skills.
WHEN | WHERE 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8 (check website for additional dates); The Manes Center, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor
INFO 516-484-9338, nassaumuseum.org
ADMISSION $12 adults, $5 per child
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
Scary Santa comes to town
Cinema Arts Centre presents back-to-back screenings of holiday classics with a horror twist: "Silent Night, Deadly Night" and "Terror Train" starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Johnson in a classic1980s slasher shocker.
WHEN | WHERE 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 423 Park Ave., Huntington
INFO 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org
Head to the dance floor
Dance to the music of Frank Sinatra as the 19-piece New Millennium Jazz Band pays homage to the legend. A salute to Sinatra's December birthday, "Sinatra's Birthday by Request," features his signature hits performed by the big band along with solo vocalist, Alex Sonera.
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.);, Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead
INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com
ADMISSION $36 to $45
Meet Gal Gadot
The ACE Comic Con makes its debut at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum, giving fans a chance to see the latest in film, gaming, comics, TV and more. Meet celebrities including female superhero Gal Gadot ("Wonder Woman" and "The Justice League") straight from battling evil and Henry Cavill, (Superman in "Man of Steel" and "The Justice League") along with graphic artists, writers and designers. There's also a lineup of interactive panels and main stage events.
WHEN | WHERE 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Sunday, Dec. 10. NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale
INFO 516-231-4848, aceuniverse.com
ADMISSION $50 to $60 ($45 to $55 advance); $100 weekend pass ($95 in advance); free for 10 and younger; $15 parking fee
All warm and fuzzy
If you can smell the chestnuts roasting and Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, the next best thing is Johnny Mathis appearing on stage as the "Voice of Christmas." The iconic singer performs some holiday favorites along with some of his personal hits, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, LIU-Post, Tilles Center, Northern Boulevard, Brookville.
ADMISSION $60 and higher
Help feed the birds
The experts at the South Fork Natural History Museum provide seed, suet and fruit to create bird-focused holiday ornaments to hang outdoors. Decorate pinecones, make cookie-cutter-shaped suet, and twine will be used to create garlands of fruit. A shoe box is suggested to carry the pieces home, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, Bridgehampton.
ADMISSION $15 ($10 ages 3-12), plus $5 materials fee per child; reservations are required
Home for the holidays
The doors of historic Westbury House are open for the holidays. Take a self-guided tour of the decorated rooms or join up with a docent and hear how the Phipps family celebrated the holidays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10. On Saturday, take in a one-man performance of "A Christmas Carol," (7 p.m., $15, $12 children, advance registration required).
ADMISSION $12 ($10 62 and older and students, $7 ages 7-17)
See Todd Rundgren perform
If Todd Rundgren's hits like "Hello It's Me" or "I Saw the Light" takes your mind back to a special moment in the early 1970s, consider getting tickets to see him in a live performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury.
ADMISSION $25 and up
INFO 516-247-5200, thetheatreatwestbury.com
The tradition continues
A re-enactment over the Fire Island Lighthouse of the original "Flying Santa," which took place in the late 1940s, continues. There are no reindeer. Look for Santa's biplane to circle the historic beacon, just like he did to deliver presents to the lighthouse keeper and his family back in the day, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, Robert Moses State Park, park in Field 5 and walk east.
Run the Indian Island trail
Get a run in and enjoy the fall flora of Riverhead's Indian Island County Park while supporting two important groups: the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference and the Riverhead High School Cross Country Team Booster Club. The Indian Island Trail 5-kilometer and 15k is 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 (check-in starts at 7 a.m.). A three-person, 15k relay race also is an option.
ADMISSION 5k is $35; 15k is $45; relay is $120 per three-person team
INFO 631-369-1557, jayasports.com
And a bit of bubbly
A piece of Four & Twenty Blackbirds' Salty Honey holiday pie -- a fragrant honey custard finished with flakes of sea salt -- is paired with a glass of Cuvee Carnaval Blancs. It's all part of the Eat, Drink and Be Sparkling food and wine pairing series runing through Dec. 30 at Sparkling Pointe.
WHEN | WHERE Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 39750 Rte. 48, Southold
INFO 631-765-0200, sparklingpointe.com
ADMISSION $15 (advance online ticket purchase required)
The doors are open
Take a self-guided tour of bed-and-breakfasts, inns and historic sites on the East End. Among the stops are the Pollock-Krasner House, The White Fences Inn in Water Mill. The tour is part of the Village of East Hampton's open house with shops on Main Street offering hot cider and chocolate, refreshments and holiday sales.
WHEN | WHERE Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, snow or shine; pick up a map at The Baker House, 181 E. Main St., East Hampton
INFO 631-324-0362, easthamptonchamber.com
Stargaze the night away
The doors, and the roof, of Southold's Custer Observatory are open at 7 p.m. every Saturday for observing the sky (weather permitting) and the public is welcome. Experienced astronomers operate telescopes and provide tours of the sky. The public is welcome to bring telescopes and swap stories and insights.
ADMISSION $5 suggested donation
INFO 631-765-2626, custerobservatory.org
Get the scoop on the making of 'A Christmas Story'
Take a peek behind the curtain into the making of the instant classic holiday movie "A Christmas Story." Film historian Larry Wolff discusses the comedy and the stars behind it at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Mineola Library. Guests will see Ralphie's original house before and after the film was made as well as other little-known details. Then get into the holiday spirit with a viewing of the film, which was made in 1984 but depicted the 1940s. A memorabilia display and holiday music will put everyone in a festive mood.
INFO 516-746-8488, ext. 306, mineolalibrary.info
Irish traditional music
The all-female group, under the leadership of flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden takes the stage for "A Celtic Christmas Concert." The show will have you thinking of the Emerald Isle with traditional Irish holiday melodies along with a bit of Irish step dancing.
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington
INFO 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org
ADMISSION $35 to $45
Follow the sheet music
Members of the Stony Brook University Orchestra face the opposite direction and as the baton goes down, the audience becomes the chorus. Everyone is invited to sing along as the conductor and vocal soloists perform Handel's holiday piece, "The Messiah."
WHEN | WHERE 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, Staller Center's Recital Hall, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook
INFO 631-632-7330, stonybrook.edu/music
ADMISSION Free; $10 for vocal scores
'A Christmas Story' radio story
A live radio play of the beloved holiday class "A Christmas Carol" is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Peconic Landing's Community Center in Greenport. This unique treatment of Charles Dickens' perennial favorite involves actors on stage and in costume reading from a script as though it was being recorded for a live 1940s radio broadcast. This is a free event, but seats should be reserved through the website.
INFO 631-477-3800, peconiclanding.com
Join a line dancing class
Whether you're making amends for Thanksgiving overeating or preparing for upcoming holiday feasts, consider joining a line dance class 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Knights of Columbus in Mineola (186 Jericho Tpke.). No experience necessary. Just come ready to burn calories and have fun. Beginner classes start at 7 p.m. and intermediate at 8 p.m.
INFO 516-557-3384, licma.org
Get tips on how to be happier
Head to Greenport's Peconic Landing to hear Jim Ryan talk about tips on living a life of joy and fulfillment. The author, guitarist, singer and Long Island native says happiness could be just a thought a way. He will discuss and sign copies of his book Simple Happiness at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, plus entertain everyone with songs and music to reinforce his advice and tips.
INFO 631-477-3800, peconiclanding.com
Watch a special screening of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
The 1967 comedy-drama, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" was considered ground-breaking because of its subject matter -- interracial marriage, which was still illegal in 17 states until only six months before the film's release. In honor of its 50th anniversary, the film will be screened at select theaters in Stony Brook, Holtsville, Farmingdale, Hampton Bays and Westbury at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13.
INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.com
"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
Visit Coe Hall decked out for the holidays
Historic Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum is decorated in holiday style. Kids can visit Santa and have their faces painted, the whole family can enjoy live music by the House of the Red Hart Singers, Jack Kohl on piano and Flamenco and world guitarists Alan & Hugo, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16-17, at Planting Fields, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay.
ADMISSION $10 (free younger than 12)
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
Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus hosts a Kwanzaa celebration at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec.15. Enjoy hearing about the history of the holiday as well as songs, dancing and words of inspiration.
INFO 631-851-6702, sunysuffolk.edu
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
Run with Santa and his elves in a Bethpage 5k
This is not only a road race, there's also a costume parade at the Ho, Ho, Ho 5K run. Registration for the run begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at JFK Middle School in Bethpage. A fun run for 12 and younger at 8:45 a.m. kicks off the event, costume parade at 9, with the main race at 9:30 a.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for charity.
ADMISSION $30 ($25 online through 8 a.m. Dec. 15); $12.50 in advance ages 16 and younger
Enjoy mulled wine and a cork craft at Sannino Vineyard
Learn how to make a cork holiday ornament noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Sannino Vineyard in Peconic. While you're there, enjoy a glass of warm, spiced wine. All materials are included -- sparkles, ribbons, hot glue and, of course, the corks. Reservations required.
Suffolk Theater in Riverhead hosts a 'Rockabilly Christmas' concert
Recording artist Jason D. Williams leads the lineup for a "Rockabilly Christmas" concert with some piano power at the Suffolk Theater, joined by Long Island locals Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks. As an added bonus, singer Prentiss McNeill sings doo-wop versions of holiday classics, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead.
ADMISSION $39, $45
Head to The Paramount to hear some classic tunes
Blood, Sweat and Tears and 2005 "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice perform live at The Paramount at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Get ready for crowd favorites like "And When I Die," "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and "Spinning Wheel."
INFO 631-673-7300, paramountny.com
Peek inside Sayville homes decorated for the holidays
Six homes in Sayville, beautifully festooned for the holidays, will be open for touring to ticketholders 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Tickets are available at Marc Williams Furniture on North Main Street through tour day while supply lasts. This rain-or-shine event is open to those 13 and older. Event organizers request that no one wears high heels while touring.
INFO 631-563-0186, sayville.com/historicalsociety