LongIsland.com’s 2016 January Family Fun Guide: Kick-Start Your Year with Wonderful Winter Fairs, Concerts, and Wedding Expos!

January is full of fun wintery events and cozy concerts, as well as outdoor events designed to keep you focused on your resolutions!

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A girl goes sledding in the snow.

Photo by: Sandra Stelmach

Welcome to a New Year on Long Island! 2016 is expected to be a fun-filled year packed with exciting new opportunities.  Though January brings about short days with chilly temperatures, there are plenty of indoor events to keep you and your family warm and entertained.  Many holiday-themed winter fairs and festivals will be carried over into the first few days of January so that kids can see them before school starts back up.  Fun-seekers can still get in a last-minute trip to the great winter festivals like the Jones Beach Holiday Light Show and Bayville Winter Wonderland, which will both still be open for the first few days of January.   If you’re looking for something fun for the kids to do indoors, @Play Amusements is hosting special winter break hours for children of all ages to enjoy laser tag, arcade games, and even an indoor rollercoaster.

Long Island’s music scene is bustling in January, so Instead of being cooped up inside, head out for a special night with friends or a loved one and support local musicians.  Our area has a rich musical culture, and just as it is good to shop locally, it also benefits your area when you support local musicians.  East End native and rocker Nancy Atlas will be performing every Saturday this month for her Fireside Sessions at the Bay Street Theater, which is sure to be a hit.  Numerous libraries are also hosting musical groups that will put on free performances for families, which is a great opportunity to try out a new genre of music and check out an artist you may not know about.

For those who are planning a wedding, January is also a big month for winter wedding expos.  Several of the big-name country clubs and hotels will be open for couples to explore, including more traditional venues like Wind Watch Golf and Country Club, and more unusual and unique venues, like the Suffolk Theater.  Whatever you are looking for, these expos are a great place to start, and from there, be sure to explore LongIsland.com’s Wedding Guide.  

Here are the top events for you and your family to explore in January - bundle up, stay warm, and enjoy!

Fairs and Festivals
A few winter fairs will continue into the beginning of January, so if you missed out on them, be sure to catch them now! Then, check out some indoor fairs and fests like an antiques roadshow or Long Island's own Bacon Bash!

Westbury Market Fair at NYCB TheatreFREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-669-7541
Every Saturday and Sunday 8 AM – 4 PM
Free event

Get ready to shop – the Westbury Market Fair features over 150 vendors, and also offers food trucks and rides and games for the whole family!

Bayville Winter Wonderland
8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
Friday, January 1st and Saturday, January 2nd, 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, January 3rd, 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$22 per person

Head through a spectacular animated light show, tour Santa's toy factory, ride the Holiday Express Train, go indoor rock climbing, go ice skating, and enjoy many more activities and amusements!  

2015 Jones Beach Holiday Light Show
1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Friday, January 1st and Saturday, January 2nd, Dusk - 10:30 PM
Sunday, January 3rd, Dusk - 9:30 PM
$20 per vehicle, $25 on weekends and holidays

This year's light show will feature a 2.5 mile drive through more than 150 animated and synchronized light displays.  There will be an ice skating rink open this year, as well as pictures with Santa, holiday music, local choir performances, and holiday refreshments.

@Play Amusements Winter Break
229 Route 110, Farmingdale, NY 11735
631-815-5355
January 1st through January 3rd, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
$13.50 for unlimited rides, $18 for unlimited rides and two games of laser tag

Celebrate winter break like never before!  @Play Amusements is open every day of the winter break, and offers an indoor rolllercoaster, carousel, bumper cars, arcade games, laser tag, four inflatables, a two-level soft play area, and a price center.

62nd Annual Winter Antiques Show at Park Avenue Armory
67th Street and Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065
212-829-0002
Friday, January 22nd through Sunday, January 31st, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$25 per person

This antique show is known as America’s most distinguished art and design fair, with 73 specialists in American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts exhibiting exceptional objects from antiquity through the 1960s, all vetted for authenticity.

Eddie and Jean Costello’s Antiques Roadshow at Hampton Bays Public Library - FREE!
52 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
631-728-6241
Saturday, January 30th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free event

Do you have something that it old, unusual, and even bizarre? Have one item appraised for free, and compete for most unique antique or collectible.  Limited registration available.

Health & Wellness Dinner and Retreat
1830 West Main Street, Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-369-2200 Ext. 0
Saturday, January 30th, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$40 per person

Bistro 72 will be hosting a night of delicious, local farm-to-table food and discussions. Sang Lee Farms and local wine from One Woman Wine and Vineyards will be featured, and health, wellness, nutrition, and organic farming will be discussed.


Long Island Bacon Bash at the Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY 11530
516-572-4111
Sunday, January 31st, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
$18 per adult, $12 per child ages 2-12, $10 per adult museum member, $6 per museum member child

The tastiest festival in town - this one focuses on all things bacon! Enjoy tastings and sales of bacon, bacon foods, bacon desserts, chocolate-covered bacon, various foods, and much more at Bacon Bash! The event will be held in separate sessions at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM.

Music & Concerts
Warm yourself up with a drink and some great live music this month!  There will be live bands performing all over Long Island, with big names like Donny Osmond and Devon Allman paying a visit to the area.  Use our guide to plan your dates for the month and kick off the new year with new and old tunes!

Saturday Fireside Sessions with Nancy Atlas at Bay Street Theater
Corner of Bay and Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-9500
Every Saturday in January, 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
$25 per person

Come hear Nancy Atlas and her rock band, The Nancy Project, who have opened for greats like Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Crosby Still and Nash, and many more big names in music.

The Musical Box at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-334-0800
Wednesday, January 13th, 8:00 PM
$39.50 per person

The Musical Box is a prominent French-Canadian Genesis tribute band who will perform the exclusive recreation of Genesis’ “The Black Show,” authorized by Peter Gabriel.

(Mostly) True Things Storytelling Show at The Performing Arts Studio
224 East Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-366-4265
Saturday, January 16th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$10 online, $15 at the door (cash only)
This live show features true stories with a twist told by people from all walks of life, and includes a game that involves the audience.

Teen Night At The Emporium
9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Sunday, January 17th, 7:30 PM
$25 advance / $30 day of show

The Emporium will be hosting a special Teen Night for ages 18 and under only! Expect great music and a great time with your friends!


Drop Dead Sexy / That 70s Band at The Emporium
9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Friday, January 1st, 8:00 PM
$7 advance / $10 day of show

Head down to The Emporium to enjoy live performances by Drop Dead Sexy and That 70s Band.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
631-288-1500
Saturday, January 2nd, 8:00 PM
$45-65 per person

Enjoy the big band sound with horn-driven arrangements rooted in R&B, soul, funk, jazz, and blues.

A Time for Music at Half Hollow Hills Community Library Dix Hills Branch - FREE!
55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY 11746
631-421-4530
Sunday, January 3rd, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Free event

Travel back in time to hear great songs from the past, with a repertoire from Elvis to Barry Manilow.

Skyline Live Band Showcase at EKO Productions - FREE!
360 Commack Rd # C, Deer Park, NY 11729
631-243-4250
Thursday, January 7th, 8:00 PM
Free event

If you’re looking for a band for your wedding or next big event, come see a variety of performers play sets at this showcase, which guarantees something for everyone!

Devon Allman Band at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Thursday, January 7th, 8:00 PM
$40 per person

Son of the famous Gregg Allman, Devon Allman continues in his father’s legacy with his rock band, Honeytribe.

45 RPM / Peat Moss at The Emporium
9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Friday, January 8th, 8:00 PM
$7 advance / $10 day of show

The Emporium will be the setting for two of the most exciting live acts currently touring: 45 RPM and Peat Moss.

Puddles Pity Party at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Friday, January 8th, 8:00 PM
$30-35 per person

Puddles Pity Party is a Youtube sensation known for his covers of Lorde’s “Royals” and ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” as well as more melodramatic anthems and unique comedic hijinks.

Beatles & Beyond at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Friday, January 8th, 8:00 PM
$40-49 per person

The Mahoney Brothers return to the Suffolk Theater with a trip through time; an uncanny recreation of one of the bands that changed rock & roll forever!

Big Fish the Musical at SoLuna Studio
659 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-761-6602
January 8th through January 31st
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
$15-25 per person

Come see the musical based on the celebrated novel and film, Big Fish, with humor, heart, and spectacular stagecraft.

British Regiments: United States Tour 2016 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Friday, January 8th, 8:00 PM
$25-80 per person

This special performance features the Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums, and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards.

WBAB's Roger & JP's Wild Game Night at The Emporium
9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Saturday, January 9th, 3:30 PM
$100 per person

Join Roger and JP from 102.3 WBAB for a “Manuary” celebration complete with wild and exotic meats and multiple screens showcasing the NFL Playoffs.

O-Town at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Saturday, January 9th, 8:00 PM
$30-35 per person

The boy band that originated in 1999 is back to reunite their passion for making music together.

The Corey Anthony Trio at East Meadow Public Library - FREE!
1886 Front Street, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-794-2570
Sunday, January 10th, 2:00 PM
Free event

The Corey Anthony Trio will bring the best in classical guitar music - this is a must for classical guitar enthusiasts!

Senior Class Concert: The Sweet Harmonies of the Golden Age of Rock & Roll at Bellmore Memorial Library - FREE!
2288 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710
516-785-2990
Sunday, January 10th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free event

Hear famous songs by The Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Everly Brothers, and more.  Be sure to register in advance.

Ridotto Concert: Princely Patrons at the Huntington Jewish Center
510 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-385-0373
Sunday, January 10th, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$25 per person, $20 per senior, $10 per student

In Ridotto, the exquisite Glorioso Trio plays Beethoven's Archduke Trio, Haydn Trio Op. 38, and more with Yuni Han on piano.

Live at Butterfields: Anthony Romano
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Wednesday, January 13th, 6:00 PM
Free with purchase of food/drinks

Anthony Romano is a professional guitarist who will rock your happy hour with classic rock tunes by John Fogerty, Neil Young, Paul Simon, The Eagles, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi and The Who.

The Supernaturalists starring Criss Angel at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Thursday, January 14th, 8:00 PM
$69.50-169.50 per person

Criss Angel of the TV show MINDFREAK is back with a theatrical show and a lineup of unique performers, each at the top of their respective disciplines to bring you a magic show unlike any other.

Broadway Salutes Motown at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Friday, January 15th, 8:00 PM
$39-45 per person

Renowned stars of the broadway stage will be performing classic Motown hits.

East End Ladies of Rock at The Bay Street Theater
1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-9500
Friday, January 15th, 8:00 PM
$20 per person

An exciting event of music with some of the most talented women on the East End. Come join Mama Lee, Dawnette, Lilly-Anne Merat, and Jewlee for an evening of music not to be missed.

Live at Butterfields: The Legendary Murphys
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Friday, January 15th, 9:30 PM
Free with purchase of food/drinks

The Legendary Murphys are one of the top classic rock cover bands, playing tunes from Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Neil Young, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, and more.

Reggae Explosion at The Emporium
9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Friday, January 15th, 10:00 PM
$20 advance / $30  day of show

Shaggy, Gyptian, Kreesha Turner, and Shane Hoosong will be performing live at The Emporium.

New York Exceptions at South Country Library - FREE!
22 Station Road, Bellport, NY 11713
631-286-0818
Friday, January 15th, 7:00 PM
Free event

The New York Exceptions, a popular Atlantic City casino act, play a wide variety of early doo-wop and rock hits of the 1950s and 1960s.  The members themselves have played with such hit acts such as The Casinos, The Drifters, The Four Seasons, Ike and Tina Turner and The Coasters, so you know you are in for an amazing free show!

Little Head Thinks at The Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Saturday, January 16th, 10:00 PM
$10 per person

This cool and down-to-earth band is perfect for the Hamptons vibe, and have an eclectic repertoire of covers from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, as well as some of their own catchy originals.

Sister Hazel at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Saturday, January 16th, 8:00 PM
$45 per person

Sister Hazel is an alternative rock band from Florida that has been together for over 15 years and continues to play their hits like “All For You,” “Happy,” and “Change Your Mind.”

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
631-288-1500
Saturday, January 16th, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
$35-55 per person

Multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell and singer-songwriter Teresa Williams have toured with and supported numerous acts like Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Levon Helm, and will bring this legendary music-making to Westhampton!

On Your Radar with WFUV’s John Platt at Landmark on Main Street
232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-1384
Saturday, January 16th, 8:00 PM
$20-25 per person

John Platt will turn your ear towards the latest and greatest by musicians you may not hear on the radio.  Featured guests are Caravan of Thieves and Roosevelt Dime.

Toby Walker Concert at the East Meadow Library - FREE!
1886 Front Street, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-794-2570
Sunday, January 17th, 2:00 PM
Free event

Nationally and internationally acclaimed musician Toby Walker has been hailed as a roots music fingerstyle guitar wizard who has toured the world and won first place in the International Blues Challenge - Solo Division.  Tickets must be reserved advance in person or online.

Live at Butterfields: Joe Luongo
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Wednesday, January 20th, 6:00 PM
Free with food/drinks

Joe Luongo is a true entertainer who will perform a variety of hits ranging from pop, rock, classic, new wave, 80’s, 90’s, and today’s hits.

The Blues Brothers Starring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Thursday, January 21st, 8:00 PM
$59.50-149.50 per person

The Blues Brothers are back in action, now with Jim Belushi!  The band that originated as a skit on Saturday Night Live is back for the second time at The Paramount to rock the night away.

Darlene Love at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Friday, January 22nd, 8:00 PM

With a voice that has helped span hits for decades, Darlene Love is one of the most identifiable musicians in history. She will be performing some of her greatest songs, live in concert!

O El Amor / Mystic at The Emporium
9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Friday, January 22nd, 8:00 PM
$7 advance / $10 day of show

With live performances by Mystic and O El Amor, the night is bound to be filled with energy and great music!

Live at Butterfields: Blues to Blackstreet
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Friday, January 22nd, 9:30 PM
Free with purchase of food/drinks

Blues to Blackstreet, fronted by the captivating June Eysel, has a very broad appeal. Their style is eclectic but undeniably rooted in blues.

Alice in Wonderland: A New Musical at Madison Theater at Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571
516-323-4445
Friday, January 22nd, 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 23rd, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 24th, 3:00 PM
$30-35 per person

In this adaptation, Alice travels through decade after decade meeting classic characters throughout her journey. Ending her journey in the 1960s, this musical fantasy takes you through the Roaring 20s, Hollywood 30s, Big Band 40s and the Beatnik 50s with showgirls, tap dancing and a myriad of dance styles featuring the delightful characters of Wonderland.

Music at the Mansion: Joelle & The Pinehurst Trio at Planting Fields Arboretum
1395 Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8678
Friday, January 22nd, 6:30 PM
$15 per member, $25 per non-member

Join in for a live performance by Joelle and the Pinehurst Trio in the lovely ambiance of Coe Hall.

All Star Comedy Show at the Bay Street Theater
1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-9500
Friday, January 22nd, 8:00 PM
$20 per person

Host Joseph Vecsey is back again to host the All Star Comedy Show nights that include great laughs with the hottest up and coming New York comics.

Family Music Concert: Songs by Lena at Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library - FREE!
One South Country Road, Brightwaters, NY 11718
631-665-4350
Saturday, January 23rd, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Free event

Join in for a fun, interactive concert for children and their families. This show is based on Lena's popular Parent's Choice Award-Winning CD "Happy as Clams.”

Mind Open Concert at the Amityville Public Library - FREE!
Corner of Oak and John Streets, Amityville, NY 11701
631-264-0567
Saturday, January 23rd, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free event

Mind Open is a band that relies heavily on vibraphone and percussion, and performs instrumental jazz with a touch of rock, Brazilian, and psychedelic grooves.

Live In The Lobby: 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Patchogue Theatre - FREE!
71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Saturday, January 23rd, 7:30 PM
Free event

The ultimate lobby event showcasing each of Patchogue Theatre’s unique lobby programs: Live in the Lobby, Laughter in the Lobby, and New Musicals Project.

MamaLee, Rose & Friends at The Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Saturday, January 23rd, 8:00 PM
$10 per person

This six-piece band features two female vocalists, and has been a fixture of the East End music scene, playing R&B, soul, rock, and standards for over 20 years.

Dennis DeYoung - The Music of Styx at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Saturday, January 23rd, 8:00 PM
$35-79.50 per person

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx, and is on tour playing the hits of his band, including “Mr. Roboto,” “Come Sail Away,” and many more!

Paradise Weekend at Planting Fields Arboretum
1395 Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8670
Saturday, January 23rd and Sunday, January 24th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$5 per person

Pretend you’re on a tropical vacation as you step into the Main Greenhouse and enjoy live steel drum music by Jack Kohl in Coe Hall.  There will also be puppet shows, a caricaturist, and crafts for children.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Tilles Center
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Sunday, January 24th, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
$33-83 per person

See this magical musical and all of its unforgettable songs including, “Go, Go, Go Joseph,” “Any Dream Will Do,” and “Close Every Door.”

Live at Butterfields: Poparrazzi
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Friday, January 29th, 9:30 PM
Free with purchase of food/drinks

Poparazzi features five powerful lead vocalists who are able to reproduce virtually any musical style.  From Sinatra to Barry White, Joan Jett to Donna Summer, Billy Joel to Prince, Carrie Underwood to Beyonce, or Journey to Bon Jovi, Poparazzi can play them all!

Billy Meets The Boss: Tribute Bands at The Emporium
9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Friday, January 29th, 8:00 PM
$7 advance / $10 day of show

A night of excellent tributes awaits at The Emporium with live performances by Movin' Out (Billy Joel) and Tramps Like Us (Bruce Springsteen).

Tao: Seventeen Samurai at the Tilles Center
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Friday, January 29th, 8:00 PM
$20-75 per person

Come see this world-renowned Taiko drumming group with methods based in the timeless and traditional art of Japanese drumming that is sure to mesmerize and entertain!

Robyn Hitchcock at the Landmark on Main Street
232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-1384
Friday, January 29th, 8:00 PM
$29-44 per person

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers.

Adelphi’s Distinguished Faculty in Concert at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
One South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
516-877-4000
Saturday, January 30th, 8:00 PM
$20 per person

Join in for an afternoon of music featuring the faculty of the Department of Music.

Orchestre National de France at the Tilles Center
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Saturday, January 30th, 8:00 PM
$53-103 per person

The National Orchestra of France will be performing Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune,” Shostakovich’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5.”

Ken Morr Band at the East Meadow Public Library - FREE!
1886 Front Street, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-794-2570
Sunday, January 31st, 2:00 PM
Free event

Ken Morr is an alternative rock/folk performer whose music is composed of unique instrumentation, poetic lyrics, and sweet melodies that are sure to charm and entertain.

Concert: The Precisions at the Baldwin Public Library - FREE!
2385 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY 11510
516-223-6228
Sunday, January 31st, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free event

Enjoy an afternoon of the wonderful Doo Wop music of the 50s, 60s & 70s with The Precisions!

Outdoor Events
Though it may be chilly out, get your blood pumping by bundling up and going for a delightful New Year’s hike, or exploring the natural wilderness with an experienced guide.  There are also some races and fun runs to really challenge you this January!

New Year Along the Nissequogue at Nissequogue River State Park
799 St. Johnland Road, Kings Park, NY 11754
516-721-0223
Friday, January 1st, 10:15 AM
Call ahead for pricing

Take a five mile moderate hike across varied terrain along the Nissequogue River to Smithtown Landing and back.  Bring water and a snack.

Seal Hike at Montauk Point State Park
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-5000
Saturday, January 2nd, 9:00 AM
Sunday, January 3rd, 10:00 AM
$4 per adult, $3 per child

Dress warmly for this three mile roundtrip hike that will take you to see different species of seals as they rest and swim around Montauk Point.  Meet by the comfort station next to the playground. Reservations are required.

Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery - FREE!
161 River Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
Saturday, January 16th, 8:15 AM
Free event

Run on a fast, scenic 10-mile course through Patchogue, Blue Point, and Bayport, ending at the Blue Point Brewery where you will be met with pasta, heros, pastries, and plenty of Blue Point brews.  This is a free fun run.


Hither Hills New Years Hike
Overlook Parking Lot, Montauk, NY 11954
631-360-0753
Saturday, January 2nd, 10:00 AM
Call ahead for pricing

Get a head start on your resolutions with a 8 mile moderate hike across varied terrain, including sand.Spectacular water views are a given, but be sure to dress warmly and bring water and a lunch.

Tiny Tots Nature Programs at Connetquot River State Park
Exit 47, Sunrise Highway, Bohemia, NY 11716
631-581-1072
Wednesday, January 13th and Wednesday, January 27th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
$8 parking fee, $3 per child

These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors and crafts.  For ages 3-5. The January 13th program is on tracks and traces, and January 27th will focus on snowflakes.

Winter Stories at Bailey Arboretum
194 Bayville Road, Lattington, NY 11560
516-318-4724
Sunday, January 24th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$10 per person

Enjoy a winter walk in the woods and then warm up with some good stories.

Winter Farmers Markets
The weather outside may be frightful, but there are still lots of great winter produce to be had!  Look for tasty fresh root vegetables and eggs, as well as seasoning mixes and delicious soups to warm you up from head to toe!

Port Jefferson Winter Farmers Market at the Port Jefferson Village Center - FREE!
101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
516-551-8461
Every Sunday through May 1st, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Free event

Vendors at Port Jeff’s Farmers Market will be selling pierogies, Spanish foods, salsa produce, organic vegetables, farm fresh eggs, dog treats, breads, pickles, fudge, seafood, yogurt, handmade knitted hats and sweaters, soaps and lotions, Japanese-infused foods, barbecue sauces, microbrewed beer, dry spice mixes, soups, drink mixes, and much more!


Riverhead Farmers' Market - FREE!
117 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 208-8159
Every Saturday  through May 28th, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free event

From fresh fruits and vegetables to tasty seasonal treats, there are always plenty of tasty items to choose from!

Long Island Winter Farmers' Market - FREE!
155 Lowndes Avenue, Huntington Station, NY 11743
Every Sunday through April 24th, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Free event

Another winter season means another chance to visit Long Island Winter Farmers’ Market for a huge selection of fresh produce and artisanal foods! Now you can get all your market needs indoors!


Winter Wedding Expos & Bridal Showcases
Take a group of friends or family to a winter wedding expo to check out the best in dresses, tuxes, DJs, live bands, and more to make your wedding an unforgettable event.  Many of these events require reservations, or may be free if you make a reservation, so be sure to plan for these events ahead of time!

Bridal Showcase at East Wind
5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792
631-929-6585
Sunday, January 17th, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$20 per person

Seize the opportunity to meet with top event professionals, taste a selection of food from the bistro display, and perhaps take home a few promotional gifts!

3rd Annual Suffolk Theater Wedding Showcase
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343    
Sunday, January 17th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free if pre-registered, $10 at the door

Tour this historical landmark theater from the grand entrance to the balcony Deco Lounge Bar and set the stage for your special day!

Bridal Showcase at Wind Watch Golf and Country Club - FREE!
1715 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-232-9850
Thursday, January 21st, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free event

Meet Long Island’s top professionals, featuring photographers, videographers florists, DJs, favors, bakers, make-up artists, limos, invitation designers and more!

Metro Bridal Expo - FREE!

101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale, NY 11553
1-888-638-7639
Sunday, January 3rd, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Free event

Featuring over 60 exhibitors showcasing a wide array of wedding services and professionals, the Metro Bridal Expo is perfect for brides, grooms, and their family and friends!

Winter Bridal Showcase at The Mansion at West Sayville
200 Main Street, West Sayville, NY 11796
631-589-0022
Saturday, January 10th, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Call for cost and reservations

Tour The Mansion at West Sayville's historic 1909 waterfront property and speak with preferred vendors. A sampling of the venue's fine cuisine will also be served.

Bridal Showcase at Windows On The Lake
235 Lake Shore Road, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-737-0088
Sunday, January 10th, 4:00 PM
Free event

Stroll the grounds and be dazzled by the romantic sunsets, breathtaking water views, manicured gardens, waterfalls, and beautifully-appointed banquet rooms.

Bridal Showcase at Chateau Briand
440 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
516-334-6125
Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
$20 per person

Join Chateau Briand for an evening of wedding planning featuring Scotto Brothers recommended vendors.

Winter Bridal Showcase at Estate at the Three Village Inn
150 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-0339
Thursday, January 14th, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$20 per person

View the lovely Inn, reception rooms, and hotel rooms, then sample wedding menus by Chef Guy Reuge and meet with preferred vendors.  Reservations are required.

Impression Bridal and Cristiano Lucci 2016 Bridal Trunk Show at The Wedding Plaza
216 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
516-326-6464
Friday, January 15th through Sunday, January 17th
Call for cost and reservations

Choose your dream wedding dress among the next season’s latest designs.  Reservations are required.

Winter Bridal Showcase At Smithtown Landing Country Club
495 Landing Ave, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-360-0534
Saturday, January 16th, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Call for cost and reservations

Meet with preferred vendors and sample fine cuisine at Smithtown Landing Club's winter bridal showcase.

Essence of Australia Designer Show at The Wedding Plaza
216 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
516-326-6464
Saturday, January 23rd and Sunday, January 24th
Call for pricing info

Make an exclusive appointment to see and try on the newest designs from Essense of Australia.

Winter Bridal Show at Hofstra University - FREE!
Hofstra University on Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, NY 11549
908-371-0900
Sunday, January 24th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free event

Browse over 40 exhibits from the area's top wedding services while enjoying live music and a stunning fashion show. Nearly 100 wedding professionals will be providing special discounts and giveaways!

Winter Bridal Showcase at Vanderbilt Mansion
150 Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-277-7800
Sunday, January 24th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Call for cost and reservations

Tour the grounds' breathtaking water views and meet our preferred vendors as you are instantly transported back to the turn of the century.

Winter Bridal Showcase at The Watermill
711 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-724-3242
Tuesday, January 26th
$20 per person

A unique opportunity to meet all of Watermill's recommended vendors, tour the newly-renovated venue, and meet their professional banquet staff while sampling award-winning cuisine.

Bridal Showcase at Villa Lombardi's
877 Main St., Holbrook, NY 11741
631-471-6609
Wednesday, January 27th, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
$20 per person

Join Lombardi Caterers’ for their first bridal showcase of 2016! Enjoy a full cocktail hour presentation, meetings with wedding professionals, and a tasty dessert sampling!

Winter Bridal Showcase at Mansion at Timber Point
398 Great River Road, Great River, NY 11739
631-581-0022
Sunday, January 31st, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Call for cost and reservations

Enjoy the Mansion at Timber Point's waterfront view while you speak with vendors, taste the delicious cuisine, and meet the staff!

More Winter Weather Fun for January:

Scope Out the Best Sledding Spots
Everyone has their favorite spot to go sledding, but this month try changing it up and explore one of the parks known for great hills and open areas for sledding such as Belmont Lake State Park or Heckscher State Park, or popular yet unofficial sledding spots like The Pits at Malverne High School. Be sure to exercise caution wherever you choose to sled.

Check Off Your Winter Bucket List
Though the holidays are over, there is still plenty of fun to have - just check out our Winter Bucket List for 2015-2016!  We have lots of indoor and outdoor activities for kids and adults throughout the entire winter like experimenting with new hot cocoa recipes!

Explore an Indoor Play Place
Beat the cold by heading out to an indoor play place where your kids can let out some energy by playing games, hopping on trampolines, and climbing through tunnels.  Most indoor play places have extended hours for school breaks, including winter break and Martin Luther King Day.

Let Them Eat Snow!
If you're looking for something different and exciting to do with kids, look no further than our snow recipes!  Kids can make homemade snow cones, vanilla ice cream, and even maple syrup candy from freshy fallen snow right in your own backyard.
 

What local fun are you looking forward to this January?
Let Us Know in the Comments Below!

 

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