Get Into The Spirit! 2018 Local Holiday Events 357

The Holidays are fast approaching and celebrations start soon across Suffolk County.  Communities will host parades, festivals, tree lighting ceremonies and more. Add additional Magic to your Holiday Season by attending these local events with friends and family!



WHEN November 18th, 6 p.m.

WHAT Santa captains his own vessel acting as the caboose to a dozen long trolley of fantastically adorned boats draped in holiday lights and decorations.  The theme of this year’s Patchogue Village Christmas Holiday Boat Parade is “A Cartoon Christmas.” A preview of the boats and “People’s Choice Award” contest will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 5-9 p.m. at the Off Key Tikki.

WHERE Patchogue River waterfront.  Viewing locations are available at Drift 82, Off Key Tikki, The Oar Steak & Seafood Grill, Harbor Crab as well as the ferry terminals.

INFO 631-804-0595,, free event



WHEN November 24th, 6 p.m.

WHAT The Village of Patchogue Christmas Parade comes to Main Street again!  The theme this year is “Christmas at the Movies.”  Join Patchogue Village as it welcomes Santa to Main Street.  Be sure to stick around after the parade for the annual tree lighting at Capital One Plaza.

WHERE Main Street in Patchogue, from West Avenue to Rider Avenue

INFO 631-475-4302



WHEN November 24th, 4 p.m.

WHAT The Montauk Historical Society decorates the lighthouse for the holidays. Includes holiday music, caroling and an appearance by Santa.

WHERE 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954




WHEN December 1st, 4:15 p.m.

WHAT  Belmont Lake State Park will host its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. This popular holiday event includes an ice sculptor, holiday songs sung by the North Babylon School District elementary school chorus, magic show, and more! All activities are free. The tree will be lit by Santa immediately followed by a fireworks display.

WHERE 625 Belmont Avenue, West Babylon

INFO 631-667-5055, Click here for more info, free.



WHEN Weekends and select weekdays from November 23rd to December 23rd

WHAT Families can take a trolley ride to the North Pole. On the way listen to a reading of The Polar Express and interact with movie characters. Upon arrival at the “North Pole”, you will disembark the trolley and visit with Santa!

WHERE North Fork trips depart from The All-Star Bowling Alley, 96 Main Road, Riverhead, (Route 25/County Route 58 just west of route 105).   South Fork trips depart from The Omni, Hampton Jitney Terminal, Southampton, (County Route 39A, 9/10’s of a mile east of the 7-11 in Southampton).

INFO 631-369-3031, $55 a person, tickets available at



WHEN December 1st, two dinner times 6 p.m. and 8 p.m

WHAT Dine where Hollywood stars and European royalty once dined with members of one of America’s most famous families. The grand mansion – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – is decorated for the holidays each year by local designers and garden clubs, adding charm and magic to this exclusive evening. Tickets include a guided tour of the Vanderbilt Museum.

WHERE 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport

INFO 631-854-5579, Clink for Event Info, $135 a person, $125 for members, reservations required.



WHEN December 9th, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHAT See Santa riding in a horse-drawn carriage to the Peconic riverfront. Enjoy Holiday music, hot cocoa and free candy canes.

WHERE Behind the East End Arts Building, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead

INFO 631-591-0722,, free event!



Photo Credit: Patchogue Chamber of Commerce

WHEN New Year’s Eve, beginning at 8 p.m.

WHAT Gather on Main Street, to usher in the New Year with great food and drinks; music and dancing; Fireworks display by Grucci Fireworks; and, in the center of it all, the specially designed Patchogue New Year’s Eve ball that will help us to count down to 2019.

WHERE Main Street, Patchogue

INFO  631-207-1000,

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Patchogue Today to Judge the 26th Annual Christmas Boat Parade 97

Tonight is the Patchogue River Christmas Boat Parade preview party at Off Key Tikki from 5pm to 8pm. Come down and tour the docks at West Bank Marina at Off Key Tikki to view all the boats participating in the Parade. Pick a favorite and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award while enjoying food and drink specials.

Tomorrow, Sunday, November 24th, is Patchogue River Christmas 26th Annual Boat Parade. The Parade is the perfect ending to the weekend that kicked off Patchogue’s Holiday Season.  This year’s Parade is themed A Pirate Christmas! Approximately 30 boats from across Suffolk County are expected to participate.  The Boat Parade begins at 6pm and it will take vessels about an hour to travel up and down the river.   Riverfront Restaurants such as The Oar Steak & Seafood GrilleDrift 82Off Key TikkiHarbor Crab Co. and Island View Marina will have live music and themed specials.  There are also free public viewing areas where families can view the Parade.  Watch Hill Ferry Terminal on West Avenue and Town of Brookhaven Sandspit Marina on Brightwood Street are said to be two of the best locations.  It is recommended for families to arrive early and make sure to dress warmly.

Patchogue Today is honored to be judging the Boat Parade for the second year in a row. In addition to the Peoples Choice Award which will be decided on Saturday, judges will be tasked choosing winners in the following categories: Best Sound /Music, Best Lights, Closest to Theme, and Best Overall.  Grab your friends and family and come join us to celebrate another great Patchogue Holiday tradition.

Click here to see Highlights from last years Christmas Boat Parade.










































Anchor Real Estate Celebrates Grand Opening 36

Anchor Real Estate of Long Island, Inc. celebrated its Official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 20th. Owner Gina Ferraro was welcomed to the community by members of The Patchogue Greater Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees were treated to beverages and light snacks and a Holiday Market with items available from vendors such as handmade market co., One Hope Wine, Stella & Dot and Pampered Chef.

Anchor Real Estate of Long Island, Inc. is located at 83. E Main Street in Patchogue.

Here are a few photos highlighting the event.

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