It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with bountiful tree lightings, concerts, parties, parades and other events. Check out some of these Long Island festivities to get in the holiday spirit.
Holiday Light Show
Don’t miss the on-again, off-again and now on-again light show at Jones Beach. The Magic of Lights is a magical, family drive-through holiday lights experience running 2.5 miles. It features holiday music, a hay maze and pictures with Santa at the holiday festival village. Jones Beach State Park West End, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. $9-$30. holidaylights.jonesbeach.com Dusk-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., dusk-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Dec. 31.
Christmas at Hick’s
Visit Hick’s for a free animated story featuring beautiful stories of animals celebrating the spirit of Christmas. Hicks Nursery, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. hicksnurseries.com Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 28.
A Christmas Carol
Learn the true meaning of Christmas this year and see the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $20-$35. Days, times vary. Through Dec. 30.
Jenny and Frosty are back on a mission to save Chillsville from Ethel Pierport, who’s trying to melt the snow. Bring the kids to this interactive show and try to help save the snow, and Frosty! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $15. Dates and times vary. Through Dec. 31.
Barnaby Saves Christmas
Take the kids to see a little elf accompanied by his reindeer friend embark on a journey to save Christmas and learn about the true meaning of the holidays. There will be a sensory sensitive performance at 11 a.m. Nov. 26. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $10.11 a.m. Nov. 24-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. Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvillewinterwonderland.com $22.75 Days, hours vary. Nov. 24-Jan. 1.
Connetquot River Boat Parade and Fireworks
Fireworks aren’t just for Independence Day. With viewing points at the Snapper Inn, Oakdale Yacht, Nicoll’s Point Marina, Vanderbilt’s Wharf, Great River Town Ramp and Timber Point, this year’s boat parade and fireworks are sure to light up the Connetquot River for the perfect start to the holiday season. connetquotboatparade.com Connetquot River, Oakdale. Free. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 25.
Annual Parade of Lights & Christmas Tree Lighting
Watch a parade of lights featuring decorated firetrucks from Windmill Lane around the village to Agawam Park, ending with a tree lighting. 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. Free. 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is coming to LIU Post. Before the show, bring the kids to make holiday crafts for a free workshop. 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $38-$58. Nov. 25.
Melissa Etheridge: Merry Christmas, Baby
Soulful songstress Melissa Etheridge will perform hits from her 2008 Christmas album, A New Thought for Christmas. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49.50-$250. 8 p.m. Nov. 26.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Catch the Peanuts gang in the Charlie Brown Christmas live-rendition you won’t want to miss. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $12-$20.11 a.m., 3 p.m. Nov. 26
Train: Shake Up Christmas
The San Francisco-based pop rockers will play fan-favorites and some Christmas jams during a holiday show. Also performing will be The Alternate Routes. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49.50-$199.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 28.
Murray & Peter Present: A Drag Queen Christmas
As part of “The Naughty Tour”, contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, a popular drag-competition reality show on VH-1, will be performing in a Christmas show with holiday songs. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $22.50-$150. 8 p.m. Nov. 29.
Join the carolers in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday songs while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Upon his arrival, Santa will light the tree for the 2017 holiday season. Afterward, hot beverages will be served. Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park, 440 Montauk Hwy., Great River. Free. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1.
Clara’s Dream The Nutcracker
Warm up your heart with the American Dance Theatre of Long Island’s “Clara’s Dream. The Nutcracker.” Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $20-$31. Times vary. Dec.1-3.
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet
The Rockville Centre Guild For The Arts and the Leggz Ltd. are presenting Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. What makes this show special? It’s the only production on Long Island that features a full symphonic orchestra. Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org Times vary. Dec.1-3.
Horse and Buggy Rides
Kick off the holiday season with a horse and buggy ride, a perfect photo op for this year’s Christmas card. Southampton Art Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. southamptonartscenter.org. Free. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Southampton Chamber of Commerce, 76 Main St., Southampton. southamptonchamber.com Free. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2.
Besides Santa lighting the tree, activities include an ice sculpting demonstration, numerous holiday displays, a magic show, a juggler, roving carolers, food and merchandise vendors and a spectacular firework display over the lake! Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Parkway, West Babylon. Free. 4:15 p.m. Dec. 2.
Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Tour
This platinum-selling saxophonist is playing Christmas hits with special guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, Peter White and Selina Albright. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $48-$78. 8-10 p.m. Dec. 2.
Aztec Two Step Holiday Show
This renowned folk duo currently promoting their new album, Naked, will be playing holiday favorites and some of their favorite tracks. Unfortunately due to the loss of his wife, Neal will not be playing but will be replaced by bassist Fred Holman for the show. ATS will be given the “Distinguished Music Award” for their longtime Long Island music scene contribution. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.
Dickensian characters such as Father Christmas will be roaming the streets, getting the public in the holiday spirit. Port Jefferson. portjeff.com Dec. 2, 3.
Holiday Tales at the Hearth
Come to the Hempstead House to spread holiday cheer with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and storytelling with children’s crafts and favorite seasonal music. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $10-$20. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 3.
Colors of Christmas
Musicians Peabo Bryson, Marilyn Mccoo, Billy Davis Jr, Ruben Studdard and Jody Watley will celebrate the season’s music in a fantastic night full of holiday spirit. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $25-$125. 7 p.m. Dec. 3.
Winter White Party
Kick off the holiday season at The Polo Lounge with live music, signature cocktails, Winter White swag bag and more. Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh St., Garden City. gardencityhotel.com $20. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
Magnificent 35-foot Japanese Umbrella Pine will be lit by Santa while the Twin Shores Chorus sings holiday carols. Afterwards, visit with Santa in the Hay Barn. Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay. Free. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
Eileen Ivers Joyful Christmas
The virtuoso fiddler with deep Irish Heritage will play traditional Wren Day music, famous American Christmas Carols and other melodies, accompanied by local choirs. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $45-$50. 8 p.m. Dec. 8.
An Irish Christmas in America
Oisín Mac Diarmada, Niamh Farrell, Seamus Begley, Samantha Harvey, Sean Gavin and Grainne Hambley will be preforming a family friendly concert featuring the fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp and Irish dancing from Samantha Harvey. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $20-$60. 8 p.m. Dec. 8.
Huntington Christmas Parade of Lights
The parade will begin on Fourth Avenue and 12th Street and end at Third Avenue and 11th Street. Attendees can stay warm inside with a cup of hot chocolate at Huntington’s Kitchen, 911 Third Ave., which will offer free hot chocolate 3-5:30 p.m. Huntington. Free. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
Not Quite Christmas Cabaret
Broadway performers Emily Skinner, Nicholas Ward and Lauren Worsham accompanied by composer Steven Lutvak deliver the annual pre-Christmas concert at Hempstead House. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $125-$250. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 9.
Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert
Best known for “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say” and “Misty,” Mathis has recorded more than 80 albums, six of which were filled with Christmas tunes. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $54-$200. 8-10 p.m. Dec. 9.
Ovations: The Nutcracker Suite With The Atlantic Wind Symphony Orchestra
Come see the traditional Nutcracker story where Clara goes to the Land of the Sweets, the place where the Sugar Plum Fairy reunited with her prince, told by the Atlantic Wind Symphony Orchestra. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $20-$35. Times Vary. Dec. 9-10.
Dick Fox’s Holiday Doo Wop Extravaganza
Re-live the ‘60s while bands such as Jay and the Americans, Dennis Tufano, Jay Siegel & The Tokens, The Chiffons and The Capris come together for a night of Doo Wop classics and seasonal fun! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$140. 6 p.m. Dec.10.
Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas
Witness an Irish tradition from the five-woman band, Cherish the Ladies, who’ll be playing Christmas carols and traditional step-dancing. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $30-$40. 7 p.m. Dec. 10.
A joyful blend of seasonal favorites both old and new performed by the Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus. Cathedral of the Incarnation, 50 Cathedral Ave., Garden City. 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, 380 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. ligmc.org $25. 8 p.m. Dec. 16.
A Very Broadway Holiday
Ring in the holidays with hits like “We Need a Little Christmas,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “There is Santa Claus.” John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $15. 8 p.m. Dec.12, Dec. 18.
Eglevsky Ballet in The Nutcracker
The holiday classic tells the story of Clara and her magical journey through Land of the Sweets. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $48-$78. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 16.
The Holiday Spectacular Featuring The Noelettes
This season catch this elite dance group as they perform their Holiday Spectacular. Noel S. Ruiz Theatre CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. cmpac.com $20. 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17.
Madison Theatre Annual Christmas Celebration
Come to the annual Christmas Celebration at Madison Theatre featuring Broadway performers and designers to take part in the joy of Christmas. Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org $35-$45. 2, 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17.
Cirque Musica Holiday Presents Believe
Performed by a live orchestra, the jingle of your favorite holiday tunes will accompany a team of the world’s most talented acrobats, aerialists and dancers as they astound you with their jaw-dropping routines. NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nycblive.com $39-$90. 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
A Garfield Christmas
This lazy and lovable cartoon cat will be brought to life and just in time for the holidays! Garfield will go through a journey of lessons learned, funny jokes, and of course be performing holiday classics like “Deck The Halls” and “Jingle Bells.” The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $19-$80. 12, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17.
David Glukh Duo
David Glukh will be using his signature piccolo trumpet to play jazzy holiday tunes, accompanied by piano. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org Free. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20.
Jewel’s Handmade Holiday
This multi-platinum artist will be performing holiday classics with her small town charm and melodic voice. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $45-$175. 8 p.m. Dec. 20.
A Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti Christmas
This Long Islander who rose to fame as a finalist on America’s Got Talent will be singing holiday favorites. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $39-$186. 8 p.m. Dec. 22.
A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas
Kirk Whalum’s jazzy-tunes are a great way to spend the holidays. Madison Theatre at Mollor College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org $45. 4, 8 p.m. Dec. 23.
Holiday tunes, caroling and old-fashioned festivities. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. obvrnassau.com $8-$12. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 26-31.