12 Ways to Have the Best Week This December

There are two types of people this time of year: the ones who make Christmas cookies before Thanksgiving and the ones who count down the days to a normal Starbucks cup. Luckily, there are activities across the Island to appease all. Wear your Santa hat (or not) and have The Best Week!

Make your Monday merry with photos of you and your pet with Santa Claus at the Walt Whitman Mall. While you’re there, shop for a lacey gift for her (and him) at Triumph.

Work off the holiday gains with infrared technology yoga, pilates or GYROTONIC classes at Fuel the Soul Studio in Merrick. Treat hard work and sore muscles with a glass or two of wine at Seasons 52 in Garden City.

Hump day just got a little brighter with the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Jones Beach. After enjoying the scenic route on Ocean Parkway, grab some tuna sashimi and other Asian dishes at Fancy Lee in Babylon.

Take a long weekend to ski at Vermont’s Stowe Mountain. Zeal Optics Ski Goggles and the Black Diamond Jetpack are your avalanche survival companions.

Didn’t head north? Spend a weekend out east. Start by building and decorating a gingerbread house and other seasonal treats at Gingerbread University in Riverhead. Save room for a locally sourced winter-worthy dinner at Hotel Indigo’s Bistro.

Rise and shine, skaters. Montauk’s Ocean Skate at Gurney’s Resort, opens at noon. Stop over at Swallow East in Montauk for lunch before you hit the oceanfront ice skating rink.

Spend your Funday at the Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibit Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008. Keep the fun going with festive Mexican at Cabo in Rockville Centre.