The Weekender December 23 – 24

1. 23rd Annual Winter Art Show

When: Daily until Mar 03, 2024
Where: Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten, Bayside, NY

Get ready for an exhilarating artistic experience at our much-anticipated event, where creativity knows no bounds! This unique showcase will seamlessly blend the virtual and physical realms, presenting a captivating fusion of online galleries hosted on the BHS website and a live exhibit taking place at The Bay Terrace Shopping Center. Open to artists aged 18 and older, residing, working, or attending school in the vibrant borough of Queens, this show invites participants from all walks of life and artistic backgrounds. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a rising talent, join us in celebrating the diverse and dynamic artistic expressions that define our community. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this extraordinary convergence of talent, where the digital and tangible worlds unite to showcase the boundless creativity thriving in Queens!

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2. 2023 Festival of Trees

When: Dec 21, 2023 through Jan 02, 2024 (daily)
Where: Port Jefferson Village Center, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY

Experience the magic of the holiday season at the Port Jefferson Village Center as it transforms into a festive wonderland adorned with beautifully decorated trees, each uniquely crafted by local businesses, groups, and non-profits. From December 1st to January 2nd, 2024, visitors are invited to stroll through the enchanting display and marvel at the creativity and artistry showcased in every tree. This heartwarming event is presented by The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, a testament to community spirit, and proudly sponsored by The Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson. Join us in celebrating the joy of the season and the collaborative efforts that make our village shine bright during this special time of year.

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3. Holiday Illuminations

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 24
Where: Smithtown Historical Society, 239 E Main St, Smithtown, NY

Step into a world of enchantment at Holiday Illuminations, hosted on the picturesque grounds of the Smithtown Historical Society. Immerse yourself in the magic of the season as the historic setting transforms into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, festive cheer, and heartwarming moments.
Join us for an evening filled with delight, featuring dazzling light shows, live performances by local singers, savory delights from food trucks, and unique finds from local vendors. Cozy up by fire pits, where you can reserve a private space to share s’mores with your loved ones. And don’t miss the chance to capture the joy of the season with a visit to Santa beside our towering 55-foot Christmas tree.

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4. The Nutcracker Act II

When: Saturday, December 23rd at 1 PM
Where: Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Rd, Ronkonkoma, NY

Embark on a magical journey with Ballet Long Island as they enchant audiences with the mesmerizing performance of “The Nutcracker Act II.” Immerse yourself in the whimsical world of The Land of Sweets, where the graceful Sugar Plum Fairy takes center stage, weaving a tale of wonder and joy. Set against the timeless and evocative music of Tchaikovsky, this family-friendly classic promises an evening filled with enchantment and holiday spirit. Join us for a magical experience that transcends time and brings the cherished traditions of The Nutcracker to life on stage. Let the beauty of dance and the allure of this beloved ballet create cherished memories for you and your loved ones this festive season.

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5. Christmas Eve at H2O Seafood & Sushi

When: Sunday, December 24th at 12 PM
Where: H2O Seafood & Sushi, 215 W Main Street, Smithtown, NY

Indulge in the festive spirit and savor the magic of Christmas Eve at our enchanting event, where we invite you to have yourself a merry little evening filled with culinary delights. Join us for an exquisite $65++ three-course prix fixe dinner that promises to be a gastronomic celebration. Delight your taste buds with a selection of sumptuous offerings, including an array of delectable seafood, tantalizing sushi, mouthwatering steak, and more. Our expert chefs have curated a menu that captures the essence of the holiday season, ensuring a memorable dining experience for you and your loved ones. Revel in the warmth of the season, surrounded by festive decor and the joyous ambiance of our venue. Reserve your seat now and treat yourself to a festive feast that will make your Christmas Eve truly special.

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