7 Can’t Miss Weekend Events

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Long Island Holiday Festivals Not to Miss

Great River

What: 21st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Where: Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hwy
When: Friday, Dec. 1, 5:30-7:30pm
Why Go: See the Victorian mansion at Bayard in all its holiday glory. The evening begins with Santa lighting the tree. Be sure to stop into the Hidden Oak Cafe for tea and refreshments. Click to go

Oyster Bay

What: Holiday Party and Grand Re-opening
Where: Blue Water Spa, 21 W Main St.
When: Friday, Dec. 1, 3-7pm
Why Go: Get a first look at the newly renovated and expanded spa. Enjoy light refreshments, raffles and discounted products. Click to go


What: David Bromberg
Where: The Suffolk Theater,  118 E Main St.
When: Friday, Dec. 1, 8-9:30pm
Why Go: Well-known guitarist and singer, David Bromberg is first and foremost a blues artist. He was also a student of Reverend Gary Davis and peer to Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Jerry Garcia. Doors, bar and restaurant open at 6:30pm with the show at 8pm. Click to go

East Hampton

What: East Hampton Santa Parade and Photos with Santa at Rowdy Hall hosted by the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce
Where: East Hampton’s Main Street
When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 10-11am
Why Go: The Santa parade will begin at Main Street and finish at Newtown Lane. Santa makes his way down Main Street with his reindeer and sleigh, as well as Mayor Paul Rickenbach and several local groups. Children can take photos with Santa at Rowdy Hall after the parade. Click to go

Garden City

What: Recording Broadway: An Evening with Thomas Z. Shepard
Where: Ethical Humanist Society, 38 Old Country Road
When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 8-10pm
Why Go: Broadway legend Thomas Z. Shepard brings his unique perspective on Broadway to Garden City. The 12-time Grammy winner has had a hand in the music from 42nd Street, Crazy For You and Sweeney ToddClick to go


What: Uncle Giuseppe’s Grand Opening
Where: Uncle Giuseppe’s, 890 Walt Whitman Road
When: Dec. 2-3, 11-4pm
Why Go: Be among the first to take a look around the new Uncle Giuseppe’s in Melville. The two-day grand opening event features food tastings, entertainment, pictures with Santa, face painting and balloon artists. Click to go

Port Jefferson

What: 22nd Annual Charles Dickens Festival
Where: Port Jefferson Village, Main Street
When: Dec. 2-3, 10-6pm
Why Go: Port Jefferson transforms into the Dickensian era as characters like Father Christmas, Dickens Mayor, Scrooge, the Town Crier and the chimney sweeps roam the streets. Enjoy ice skating at the Village Center, a cappella performances by choirs and harmony groups, Nutcracker performances and magic shows by The Great Wizard of the North. Click to go