Hot Spots: Thanksgiving Weekend and Holiday Kickoff Festivities in the Latest Weekend Watch

Written by Wendy L  |  28. November 2013

Hopefully Thanksgiving dinner has you well-fed and set for a fun and entertaining Friday and weekend on Long Island! When you’re not catching a bargain on Black Friday, consider the hot spots below to unwind and relax. There are plenty of holiday festivities and performances going on for the entire family to enjoy! Check out of the details here!


Who: Festival of Trees At Cradle Of Aviation Museum
Info: Complete your Thanksgiving holiday with a unique event presented by the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County and the Cradle of Aviation Museum. There will be a spectacular display of designer decorated trees, activities for kids, entertainment, a holiday vendor marketplace, gingerbread village, a visit from Santa, and more.
Cost: $12, $6 For Members
Time & Place: 9:30AM to 6PM, Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindberg Boulevard, Garden City – (516) 378-2000 ext. 651

Who: Black Friday Celebration At Stony Brook Village Center
Info: Enjoy this family event complete with holiday carolers, Cubby the Clown, wine tastings, a petting zoo, and Walkie Bear & WALK Radio. There’s also horse-drawn carriage rides available.
Cost: Free Event, $3 For Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Time & Place: 12PM to 6:30PM at Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street on the Harbor, Stony Brook – (631) 751-2244

Who: Huntington Harbor Boat Parade Of Lights
Info: This annual lighted holiday boat parade is presented by Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society. The event draws landlubbers to the shores of Huntington Harbor. It’s a maritime visual extravaganza!
Cost: Free Event
Time & Place: 6PM to 7:30PM at Huntington Harbor, Huntington – (631) 421-1985


Who: Rapunzel At Bellmore Movies
Info:  Enjoy a musical based on the fairy tale classic by Brothers Grimm.
Cost: $10
Time & Place: 11AM at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore – (516) 599-6870

Who: Thanksgiving Weekend In Montauk
Info: Come by for the Annual Family Holiday Fun Day sponsored by The Montauk Chamber of Commerce and The Montauk Yacht Club. There’s holiday craft making and ornaments for kids as well as Christmas caroling, cookies, cider and hot chocolate. You can also pick up a deal at the Montauk Community Church Holiday Fair and Rummage Sale and the Montauk Library Holiday Book Sale. For the evening, enjoy the annual lighting of the Lighthouse with live music, caroling and a visit from Santa.
Cost: Visit the Montauk Chamber of Commerce Events Page For Details

Time & Place: Details Provided At Link Above, Montauk – (631) 668-2428

Who: Miracle On 34th Street At United Methodist Church
Info: Enjoy the performance of Miracle On 34th Street presented by The James Street Players.
Cost: $20 For Reserved Seating, $18 For Seniors and Students
Time & Place: 8PM at United Methodist Church, 21 James Street, Babylon – (631) 649-4140


Who: Holy Cross Lutheran Church Christmas Extravaganza At The Centereach Fire House
Info: This event will take place indoors and features great items, delicious food and family fun!
Cost: Free Event
Time & Place: 10AM to 5PM at Centereach Fire Department, 9 South Washington Avenue, Centereach – (631) 588-9509

Who: Clara’s Dream, The Nutcracker At Patchogue Theatre For The Performing Arts
Info: Enjoy this holiday classic story brought to life in this full length ballet performance.
Cost: $15 to $32
Time & Place: 1PM at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main Street, Patchogue – (631) 207-1313

Who: Shrek The Musical At BayWay Arts Center
Info: Watch as the story based on William Steig’s novel and Dreamworks’ animated film come to life. It leads you through Shrek’s adventure with his wisecracking sidekick Donkey and the lovely Princess Fiona.
Cost: $14 to $25
Time & Place: 8PM at BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main Street, East Islip – (631) 581-2700

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