Pack up the kids and head over to these light shows and other family-fun events that will be spreading the cheer of the season.
OVATIONS & DIAMOND DANCE ACADEMY PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
Be captivated by the dazzling blend of choreography, lavish costumes, brilliant sets and the unforgettable Tchaikovsky score to delight all of the senses. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue, patchoguetheatre.org, $28-$45. 3 p.m. Dec. 4, 1 p.m. Dec. 5.
DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS CHRISTMAS TOUR 2021
An enchanting night of jazz as Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz embarks on his 24th annual Christmas tour. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, tillescenter.org, $57-$92. 7 p.m. Dec. 5.
The renowned country pop singer performs her “A Symphonic Christmas” tour, spreading the holiday spirit in anticipation of her upcoming album, Unexpected. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, thetheatreatwestbury.com, $49.50-$793.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 7.
CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
Experience the chills, thrills, and excitement of the best Cirque performers from around the world performing to your holiday favorites. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, thetheatreatwestbury.com, $29-$69. 7 p.m. Dec. 9.
EILEEN IVERS “JOYFUL CHRISTMAS”
The Grammy-awarded fiddler combines her Irish roots with soulful song for a dazzling Christmas celebration. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue, patchoguetheatre.org, $28-$58. 8 p.m. Dec. 10.
Dream of a rockin’ Christmas with madman Jason D Williams on piano, an explosion of piano mayhem, and Gene Casey, the East End’s prodigal Rockabilly King. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead, suffolktheater.com, $45-$49. 8 p.m. Dec. 10.
Producer Stephen DeAngelis returns with a special Holiday event which will allow the performers to recreate their most memorable musical moments from classic and contemporary Broadway as well as share their favorite Holiday songs. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, tillescenter.org, $35-$60. 8 p.m. Dec. 11.
CHERISH THE LADIES: A CELTIC CHRISTMAS
Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington, landmarkonmainstreet.org, $37-$47. 7 p.m. Dec. 12.
Peconic Ballet Theatre’s production of the iconic holiday spectacular. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach, whbpac.org, $25. 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 11. 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 12.
LATIN NIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERT
J Alvarez, a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer, takes the stage for an explosive one night performance. The Space at Westbury Theater, 250 Post Ave., Westbury, thespaceatwestbury.com, $28-$65. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY
Everyone’s favorite swing revival septet’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party has become an eagerly anticipated annual family event. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com, $45-$75. 8 p.m. Dec. 15.
THE GATEWAY PRESENTS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR ON ICE
The magic of the holidays is elevated with an icy night of song and dance on figure skates! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue, thegateway.org, $59-$89. Various times, Dec. 17-Jan.1, 2022
EGLEVSKY BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER
The annual holiday classic, choreographed by Maurice Brandon Curry and featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score performed by Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. Unity Phelan, soloist with New York City Ballet, will star as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, tillescenter.org,$59-$79. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 2 p.m. Dec. 19.
AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS
The North Shore Music Festival returns with the story of a young boy and his mother who discover the meaning of Christmas and the virtues of forgiveness and generosity. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, sandspointpreserveconservancy.org, $10-$20. 2 p.m. Dec. 18.
Known for coordinating their musical performances with spectacular laser and light shows, the TSO holiday tours usually include their popular “Christmas Canon Rock,” a modern version of the well-known “Canon in D” (as the Canon and Gigue) by the 17th-century German composer Johann Pachelbel. UBS Arena, 2400 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont, ubsarena.com, $43.50-$83.50. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 18.
COUNTESS LUANN DE LESSEPS
The Real Housewife of New York performs “A Very Countess Christmas,” a cabaret with original songs like “Money Can’t Buy You Class” and “Viva La Diva.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com, $39.50-$118. 8 p.m. Dec. 19.
THE ROCKVILLE CENTRE GUILD FOR THE ARTS & LEGGZ LTD DANCE PRESENT: TCHAIKOVSKY’S NUTCRACKER BALLET
An array of dancers, from the New York City Ballet to Broadway, and a live orchestra bring Tchaikovsky’s timeless masterpiece to life. The Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, madisontheatreny.org, $25-$50. 7 p.m. Dec. 21-23.
LONG ISLAND GARDEN RAILWAY SOCIETY HOLIDAY DISPLAY
Bring the children and grandchildren and share memories of your childhood days by watching large-scale period steam and diesel trains traversing the 40’ by 40’ modular display. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, cradleofaviation.org, Free with museum admission. Dec. 21-29.
RIVERHEAD LIGHT SHOW
Marvel at the dozens of light-up displays at this drive-through holiday attraction. Splish Splash, 2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton, holidaylightshow.com, $23-$35. 5 p.m. Through Dec. 30.
BAYVILLE WINTER WONDERLAND
Long Island’s Winter Holiday Park features an arcade, holiday-themed rides, characters, Santa and an old-school ice cream parlor…or catch a Haunted Christmas with Krampus on select weekend nights. 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville, bayvillewinterwonderland.com, $24.75-$57.75. Timed tickets from 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 1.
MAGIC OF LIGHTS
This drive-through event commonly known as the Jones Beach light show delivers old-fashioned holiday fun all from the comfort of your car. Jones Beach State Park, 150 Bay Parkway, Jones Beach, magicoflights.com, $25-$80. Dusk-10 p.m. through Jan. 2.
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS
Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming adaptation includes Irving Berlin’s classic songs as it follows vaudeville stars Bob Wallace and Phil Davis as they head to Vermont to pursue romance with a duo of beautiful singing sisters. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, engemantheater.com, $75-$80. Through Jan. 2.
ELF THE MUSICAL
A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is a must-see holiday tradition. Based on the cherished 2003 hit film, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway).The Argyle Theatre at Babylon Village, 34 West Main St., Babylon, argyletheatre.com, $43-$77. Various times. Through Jan. 2.
CHRISTMAS HOUSE LONG ISLAND
This indoor, family attraction is a 12-room, interactive experience. Samanea New York Mall, Second Floor, 1504 Old Country Rd., Westbury, christmashouselongisland.com, $20-$30. Various times. Through Jan. 4.
SMITH POINT LIGHT SHOW
Long Island’s brightest drive-through holiday light show benefits the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. Smith Point County Park, 1 William Floyd Pkwy., Shirley, gssc.us/en/event/holidaylightshow.html $22-$72. 5 p.m. Through Jan. 9.
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