11/25/18 6:01am

The Holtsville Ecology Site will be turned into a winter wonderland. (Credit: Brookhaven Town)

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Festive holiday celebrations abound in towns and villages across Long Island this time of the year. From a holiday lights spectacular to a winter festival, these five holiday happenings will get you into the spirit of the season.

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11/16/15 9:47am
A scene from the 2014 Southold Historical Society Holiday Candlelight Tour. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

A scene from the 2014 Southold Historical Society Holiday Candlelight Tour. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

‘Tis the season of decked halls, mulled wine and ugly sweater parties.

And as the holidays approach, the North Fork offers no shortage of events to get into the festive spirit.

Here are 23 holiday happenings — from Santa arriving by helicopter in Cutchogue to a shellfish celebration in Greenport to a Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot so you can burn calories while giving back — to keep you busy through December.

Events are still being planned, so if you know of any great ones that we missed, tell us in the comment section below. (more…)

12/06/13 12:30pm

 Nutcracker

With a melody as synonymous with Christmas as gifts under the tree, it just wouldn’t be the holidays without George Balanchine’s classic “The Nutcracker.” (more…)

12/06/13 8:00am
Photo by Beverlea Walz | Harrison Weslek negotiating with Santa at the PTSA Breakfast with Santa.

Photo by Beverlea Walz | Harrison Weslek negotiating with Santa at the PTSA Breakfast with Santa.

Santa is taking time out of his busy toy-making schedule to make a few visits to the North Fork before the big day. Get your wish list ready and head out to these locations to meet St. Nick. (more…)

12/04/13 10:30am
Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Warm yourself up during this chilly holiday season with Riverhead’s 14th annual holiday bonfire. Just in time for Christmas, the bonfire will take place on Saturday December 14 from 3-8 p.m. at the Peconic Riverfront. (more…)

11/29/13 8:00am
Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

The Riverhead Christmas parade, hosted by Riverhead Lions, will take place on Sunday Dec. 1.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. sharp, starting at the corner of Osborn Avenue and West Main Street and ends in town parking lot on Peconic River. (more…)