Hot Spots: The Nutcracker, Ice Show, Paintball and More in the Latest Weekend Watch

Check out all the entertainment and hot spots available on Long Island the weekend before Christmas! There are various productions of The Nutcracker, an ice show and much more!

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It’s the weekend before Christmas! Time to go out and have some holiday fun on Long Island! There are several productions of The Nutcracker to enjoy, an ice show featuring figure skating and a hockey game between the Reindeers and Elves, paintball and lasertag fun, and much more! Check out the hot spots here!


Who: Seiskaya Ballet’s The Nutcracker At Stony Brook University’s Staller Center For The Arts
Info: Enjoy a ballet rendition of The Nutcracker! It has been hailed as one of Long Island’s most lavish productions of the holiday classic. The performance continues through Dec. 23.
Cost: $40 For Adults, $34 For Children and Seniors
Time & Place: 7PM at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts, Main Building, Stony Brook – (631) 632-ARTS

Who: Willie Wonka At Take-One Performing Arts Academy
Info: Enjoy a play performing to the classic children’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”!
Cost: $22 For Adults, $16 For Students and Seniors
Time & Place: 8PM at Take-One Performing Arts Academy, 1021 Portion Road, Farmingville – (631) 569-2148

Who: Brand New At The Paramount
Info: The alternative rock band will perform live! Attendees are also encouraged to bring two cans of nonperishable food items. The small gesture goes a long way to help feed the hungry. Your donation will also result in a raffle ticket to win memorabilia.
Cost: $35 to $42
Time & Place: 8PM at The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington – (631) 673-7300


Who: Madeline’s Christmas At BayWay Arts Center
Info:  On Christmas Eve Madeline is the only one not sick in bed at Miss Clavel's school. Although she must do all the chores, Madeline is not too busy to arrange a Christmas treat for her friends.
Cost: $10
Time & Place: 2PM at BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main Street, East Islip – (631) 581-2700

Who: Holiday On Ice Show At Town Of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center
Info: This show features figure skating, a hockey game between the Reindeers and the Elves and other fun holiday themed activities. Attendees are asked to bring two nonperishable food items for Island Harvest.
Cost: Free Event
Time & Place: 7PM at Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center, Stewart and Cherry avenues, Bethpage Community Park, Bethpage – (516) 433-7465

Who: Cabaret Concert For The Holidays With Janice Buckner At Art League Of Long Island
Info: Vocalist-guitarist Janice Buckner will perform ballads, blues original pieces and Broadway standards with keyboardist Ben Boecker.
Cost: Free Event
Time & Place: 8PM at Art League of Long Island, 107 E. Deer Park Road, Dix Hills – (631) 462-5400


Who: Eglevsky Ballet Presents The Nutcracker At Tilles Center For The Performing Arts
Info: Complete your holidays seeing a performance of The Nutcracker. There’s also a Meet and Greet session with the dancers after the performance.
Cost: $24 to $79
Time & Place: 12PM, 4PM at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 20 Northern Boulevard, Brookville – (516) 746-1115

Who: Paintball At Island Paintball Arena
Info: Want a physical activity to enjoy in a group over the holidays? Consider indoor paintball and lasertag fun.
Cost: Varies, Packages Available For $45
Time & Place: 12PM to 5PM at Island Paintball Arena, 400 Patton Avenue, West Babylon – (631) 694-2707

Who: Ohman’s NY Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker At Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse
Info: Enjoy a full production story ballet of this classic! It appeals to all ages.
Cost: $40 For Adults, $33 For Children 12 And Under and Seniors 65 And Older
Time & Place: 12PM, 5PM at John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hempstead Turnpike, South Campus, Hempstead – (631) 462-6266

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