The Weekender December 9 – 10

1. St James Night Market Holiday Wonderland

When: Saturday, December 9th at 3 PM
Where: St James Lutheran Church Lot, 230 Second Avenue St James, NY 11780

Join us for a festive celebration at St. James Market, where holiday magic comes to life under a heated tent housing 50 vendors offering a delightful array of seasonal treasures. Savor the warmth of hot food and sip on comforting hot cocoa and cider as you explore the diverse offerings. Step outside to witness a live nativity scene, complete with a petting area for the little ones. Gather around the inviting bonfire, toast marshmallows, and bask in the cheerful atmosphere as carolers fill the air with festive tunes. Be delighted by special character visits, adding an extra touch of enchantment to this joyful occasion. With so much more to discover, St. James Market is the perfect place to create cherished holiday memories with family and friends.


2. Holiday Tree Competition

When: Dec 07, 2023 through Dec 19, 2023 (daily)
Where: Stony Brook Village Center, 111 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY

Participants of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s (WMHO) Holiday Tree Competition will bring holiday cheer to Stony Brook Village and decorate 40 premium balsam trees that will line the open-air center’s walkways at the 44th Annual Holiday Festival. One tree will be selected by votes from the public between Sunday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 19th to win a $150 gift certificate to Stony Brook Village and its establishments.



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3. It’s A Wonderful 5K Run

When: Saturday, December 9th at 10AM
Where: Bethpage Polo at the Park, Bethpage State Park Playground, Bethpage, NY

Join us for a truly wonderful experience at “It’s a Wonderful 5K,” a festive race that promises joy and holiday cheer! On December 9th, lace up your running shoes for a picturesque journey through the scenic trails of Bethpage State Park. The magic begins at 10:00 AM, with a FREE Kiddie Dash kicking off 30 minutes earlier. Rain or shine, the event is set to spread smiles and merriment. As you dash through the park, anticipate delightful surprises as All Round Foods presents you with merry swag and festive treats. The race site, aptly named “Polo at the Park,” offers a unique backdrop, while convenient parking is available at Bethpage State Park Playground. To ensure a smooth arrival, follow Bethpage State Park Picnic Polo Road. Prepare for a heartwarming day of community, fitness, and holiday spirit at this delightful 5K!

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4. Nutcracker Holiday Show

When: December 8 – 9th, 2023
Where: The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave, Stony Brook , NY

Experience the magic of the holiday season like never before at The Jazz Loft’s enchanting event! Join us for a mesmerizing evening as we present the timeless Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, a jazz interpretation that has become a holiday classic in its own right. Immerse yourself in the captivating melodies performed by The Jazz Loft’s remarkable 17-piece Big Band, skillfully led by the talented Tom Manuel. The charismatic vocals of Danny Bacher will add an extra layer of joy and warmth to the performance. Tickets for this unforgettable night are priced at $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $30 for students, and $25 for children. Don’t miss the opportunity to make this holiday season truly special with a unique blend of jazz and festive cheer!

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5. Bowl with Santa

When: Sunday, December 10th at 1:30 PM
Where: Port Jeff Bowl, 31 Chereb Lane, Port Jeff Station, NY

Get ready for a festive and fun-filled day at Port Jeff Bowl with our Bowl with Santa Event! Join us on December 10th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm for an unforgettable holiday experience. For just $25 per person or $100 per lane (covering up to 6 people), you’ll enjoy two hours of exciting bowling, complete with stylish shoes. And that’s not all – indulge in a slice of delicious pizza per person or savor a whole pie per lane, complemented by a refreshing fountain drink for each participant. The alley will be transformed into a cosmic wonderland, featuring holiday lights and music to enhance the merriment. Don’t miss this chance to create lasting memories with friends and family as you bowl your way into the holiday spirit!

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6. Caleb Smith Exploration

When: Sunday, December 10th at 10 AM
Where: Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike), Smithtown, NY

We will be hiking the red, green and orange trails along with our L.I. Trail, which traverses the park; there’s a lovely pond and shady, wide trails that make this park a great hiking spot; if you’d like to stay after, bring lunch; rain cancels; meet in the parking lot; take Northern State Pkwy. to the end onto NY 347; make a left at Old Willets Path up to NY 25; turn right and park entrance will be on your left; from the east take NY 25 past the Smithtown Bull to park entrance on the right; bring water and snack; rain or snow cancels.”

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7. Sunday Street Concert

When: Sunday, December 10th at 5 PM
Where: The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY

Join us for an unforgettable musical experience at the Sunday Street Concert featuring the exceptional talents of Pat Wictor and Toby Walker. Set against the charming backdrop of the Long Island Museum, this event promises an evening of soulful melodies and captivating performances. On Sunday, December 10th, at 5 pm, immerse yourself in the rich sounds and compelling storytelling of these two acclaimed musicians as they take the stage to create an intimate and enchanting atmosphere. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a memorable concert that transcends genres and celebrates the power of live music. Mark your calendars and join us for a magical evening of acoustic brilliance at the Long Island Museum.

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