Hot Spots: Holiday Festivals, Music Performers, Musicals and More in the Latest Weekend Watch

Check out these hot spots on Long Island to celebrate the coming of the holidays! There's festivals, tree lighting, parades, musicals as well as other performances.

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Christmas is less than 3 weeks away and Long Island is complete with holiday festivities to enjoy with the entire family! Check out the tree lighting events, parades and festivals! The weekend is also packed with performances including Shirley Alston Reeves (the original lead singer of the Shirelles) and fifties teen-idol Paul Anka. Check out all the hot spots here!


Who: 18th Annual Charles Dickens Festival At Port Jefferson Village
Info: The festival features characters including Scrooge, Father Christmas and Chimney Sweeps. There’s also reindeer viewing and an old fashioned radio show with all the sounds and performers of the era. Also enjoy carriage rides, Santa’s workshop, trolley rides, a candle light house tour of historic homes and the grand finale parade.
Cost: Free Admission
Time & Place: 6PM to 8PM at Port Jefferson Village, Main Street, Port Jefferson Village – (631) 473-1414

Who: 55th Annual Candlelight House Tour At Three Village Historical Society
Info: The tour features select homes dressed in holiday decorations by a team of local decorators. Enjoy a view of the architectural furnishings and hear about the historical details of homes.
Cost: $35 to $50, Purchase Tickets Online Or By Mail
Time & Place: 6PM to 11PM at Three Village Historical Society, 93 North Country Road, Setauket – (631) 751-3730

Who: Shirley Alston Reeves (Original Lead Singer of the Shirelles) At The Suffolk Theater
Info: Shirley Alston is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member with hits like ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,’ ‘Dedicated to the One I Love,’ ‘Mama Said,’ and many others. Enjoy her perform while dining to a variety of local foods, wines and specialty cocktails.
Cost: $45 For Advance Ticket, $55 At The Door
Time & Place: 6:30PM Doors Open, 8PM Performance at The Suffolk Theater,118 East Main Street, Riverhead – (631) 727-4343


Who: Long Island Comedy Festival – Holiday Comedy Bash At The Suffolk Theater
Info:  The event is hosted by comedian Paul Anthony. Enjoy an evening of top comedians performing to make you laugh around the holidays. Scheduled to appear includes Scott Schendlinger from the New York City comedy scene, Frankie Pace from SNL and Richie Byrne with Comedy Central.
Cost: $25 For Advance Ticket, $35 At The Door
Time & Place: 6PM at The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main Street, Riverhead – (631) 727-4343

Who: First Night And Tree Lighting At Old Westbury Gardens
Info: Be among the first to view Westbury House light up in holiday splendor. There will also be live holiday music, a performance by the Bethel Concert Choir, a visit by Santa Claus, and a tree lighting ceremony on the South Terrace. Advance registration is required.
Cost: $10, $5 For Members and Children (3-12)
Time & Place: 6:30PM to 9PM at Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury – (516) 333-0048 ext. 310

Who: Paul Anka At NYCB Theatre At Westbury
Info: Fifties teen-idol Paul Anka had hits like ‘Puppy Love’ and ‘Put Your Head on My Shoulder.’ He’s also written big hits for Frank Sinatra. Come by and watch him perform!
Cost: $49.50 to $79.50
Time & Place: 8PM at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury – (516) 247-5200


Who: Frosty The Snowman Musical At John W. Engeman Theater
Info: Enjoy this classic performed as a musical that the entire family can enjoy!
Cost: $15
Time & Place: 10:30AM at John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport – (631) 261-2900

Who: Holiday Festival At Stony Brook Village Center
Info: Enjoy live music provided by WALK-FM and holiday carolers. There’s also the petting zoo, a model train display and over 70 decorated trees along the pathways throughout Stony Brook Village Center. Santa will also be visiting on a horse-drawn carriage to listen to children’s wishes.
Cost:  Free Event
Time & Place: 1PM to 6PM at Stony Brook Village, Main Street on the Harbor, Stony Brook – (631) 751-2244

Who: Medford Chamber’s Annual Christmas Parade
Info: Celebrate the holiday season with this event that’s complete with a breakfast with Santa, parade and then tree lighting at Medford Park. There’s also hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of Medford Fire Department.
Cost: Free Event
Time & Place: 3:30PM at Main Street, Medford – (516) 909-4139

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