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The temperatures are dropping, but there are still plenty of activities worth braving the elements for this December, including North Fork happenings to get you into the festive holiday spirit.
Taste and sip your way through downtown Greenport during the annual Shellabration weekend Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. The restaurant walk features the best in local shellfish, wine and beer. Restaurants will offer $5 shellfish plates paired with $3 sips of Long Island wine or beer. Wristbands (good for both days) are $30 and include a glass of beer or wine and a sampler platter of clams and oysters. Event proceeds directly benefit Cornell Cooperative’s Back to the Bays Initiative as well as the SPAT program. For more information and to purchase tickets visit, shellabration.li
Annual Candlelight Tour
Southold Historical Society’s festive Victorian decorators have transformed the iconic Victorian home of Ann Currie-Bell into a magical Christmas setting from the past. On Friday, Nov. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Southold Historical Society, visit Santa and tour historic houses, the print shop, blacksmith shop, and other buildings. Throughout the complex, there will be craft demonstrations, games, raffles and refreshments. And the event ends with a festive tree lighting. For more information visit, southoldhistoricalsociety.org
Hallockville Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art & Gift Show
Find gifts for everyone on your list at the Hallockville Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art and Gift Show at Hallockville Museum Farm this month on Nov. 29 and 30 or on Dec. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Country Parlor sells handmade gifts, holiday decor and treasures such as hand-carved Santas and elves, gift baskets filled with local soaps, hand-hooked rugs and ornaments, hand-woven baskets, hand-knit shawls, scarves, mittens, jewelry, trinkets, and more. Visit Hallockville’s historic Naugles Barn as it will be transformed into a winter wonderland filled to the brim with holiday delights. More details at hallockville.com
If you have not yet attended the pop-up culinary experience that is PawPaw, there is no better time than now. The $70 dinners, prepared by chef Tayor Knapp, feature seasonal ingredients farmed, fished and foraged on the North Fork. Pop-up dinners will be hosted at Bruce & Son in Greenport on Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 21. There are still some reservations for this very popular event — though they book up fast. Reserve seats at pawpawpopup.com
Tree Lighting at Orient Beach State Park
On Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m., Orient Beach State Park will host its 33rd annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa will light the tree and be available for pictures afterward. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. In the spirit of the season, winter coats and non-perishable food items will be collected for families in need. Visit, parks.ny.gov
Greenport Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
Gather with family and friends and head to Greenport for the annual Mitchell Park tree lighting and holiday Parade of Lights along Main and Front streets on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. Wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus as they drive the streets of the village aboard a decorated fire truck. Immediately after the parade join local children in singing carols at the tree lighting in Mitchell Park and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate for extra holiday cheer.
Riverhead Indoor Farmers Market
Summer is not the only time to get locally grown and made products. Spend the day shopping the indoor Riverhead Farmers Market. Local farmers and artisans are selling everything from soups and winter produce, to soaps and dog treats every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 54 East Main Street in Riverhead. Keep up to date with vendors and info at facebook.com/riverheadfarmersmarket
Cutchogue Holiday House Tour
The Cutchogue Holiday House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is a self-guided tour featuring five festively decorated stops. Four bed-and-breakfasts and The Old House in Cutchogue will be decked out in holiday cheer and decorations, with tastings from local vineyards and local bites from noted chefs. Seasonal gifts will be available. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go toward stocking CAST’s food pantry and supporting the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council. A collection box for Toys for Tots will also be available. Tickets are $79 plus tax and can be purchased at cutchogueholidayhousetour.com
Riverhead Holiday Light Show
Billed as the largest drive-through light show in Suffolk County, the Riverhead Holiday Light Show is not to be missed. Returning for its second year the light show, which runs through Tuesday, Dec. 31, features dozens of dazzling displays to delight the entire family. The hours are 5 to 9 p.m. and the show is located at the Long Island Sports Park in Calverton. Visit riverheadlightshow.com for more details and to purchase tickets.
Roller Skate at the American Legion
Warm your body and soul with some wholesome family fun at the Greenport American Legion. The facility’s year-round roller skating rink hosts special adults-only nights in addition to its all-ages skate days. Admission is $5 and skate rentals are $5 for all ages and sessions. For the schedule visit greenportamericanlegion.org. The American Legion rink also features a full bar and snack stand.