Get Festive on the North and South Fork

The holiday season is in full swing on the North and South Fork. From parades to lightings to shopping, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy at these festive holiday happenings.

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Big Duck Holiday Lighting

On Nov. 29 from 7-9pm, the Big Duck in Big Duck Park will be lit in celebration of the holiday season. Other festivities include a visit from Quackerjack, duck carols led by the middle school’s show choir, refreshments and Santa’s arrival in a firetruck. Address: 1012 Flanders Road | Phone: 631-727-3200 Click to go

Southampton Country Holiday Presents “It’s a Wonderful Village”

On Saturday, Dec. 2, Southampton Chamber of Commerce is hosting “It’s a Wonderful Village.” Take a holiday stroll through the village, dine, shop, listen to carolers and music, drink hot chocolate and eat cookies. Horse and buggy rides will take place from 1-4pm and Santa will make an appearance from 1:30-3:30pm. Address: 76 Main Street | Phone: 631-283-0402 Click to go

Holiday Open House

The Railroad Museum of Long Island presents its holiday open house and everyone is invited. On Dec. 2 and 3 from 11:30am-3pm, visit the museum for free and enjoy refreshments, gifts and a chance to win a Lionel Polar Express. Santa will arrive at noon. Address: 4th Street at the Tracks | Phone: 631-477-0439 Click to go

Shelter Island
Holiday Open House with Santa’s Workshop

On Dec. 3 from 1-4pm, the Shelter Island Historical Society will present its Holiday Open House at Haven’s Barn. Take a photo with Santa, view the art show, enjoy fresh popcorn, cookies and snacks. The fun continues with live music and a station to make your own decorations and ornaments. Address: 16 South Ferry Road | Phone: 631-749-0025 Click to go

Riverhead Christmas Parade and Bonfire

The Riverhead Parade and Bonfire will take place from 3-9pm on Saturday, Dec. 9. The parade kicks off at 3pm at the corner of Osborn Avenue at West Main Street and ends at the Peconic River parking lot at 4pm for the annual bonfire. Enjoy free hot chocolate and photos with Santa in the town’s gingerbread house. Address: Downtown Riverhead | Phone: 631-727-3200 Click to go  

5th Annual Holiday House Tour

From 11am-3:30pm on Dec. 9, head to Cutchogue for this festive extravaganza. Expect five shops with tastings from local vineyards and bites from local restaurants. A portion of the proceeds will supply families with turkey meals during the holidays. Address: Various houses in Cutchogue | Phone: 631-735-9024 Click to go

Harbor Bells: English Bell Choir

Peconic Landing is hosting its annual Harbor Bells: English Bell Choir on Dec. 15 from 7:30-8:30pm. Enjoy live performances of holiday classics, including “Good King Wenceslas,” “Joy to the World,” “Jingle Bells” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” Address: 1500 Brecknock Road | Phone: 631-477-3800 Click to go 

Fishes & Wishes—New Year’s Eve

Perfect for kids, Fishes & Wishes—New Year’s Eve will take place on Dec. 31 from 6:30-11pm at the Long Island Aquarium. Celebrate the new year with a buffet dinner, DJ and dancing, cash bar, and, of course, the aquarium. There will be a mock midnight toast at 10:30pm. Address: 431 East Main Street | Phone: 631-208-9200 Click to go