Tis officially “the season.” Whether it’s through your stomach, like the Chocolate Fest, or filling your bag up with handcrafted goodies, we’ve got a list of happenings all across the island to get you into the holiday spirit, whatever it is you choose to celebrate.
Indulge in your sweet tooth November 9 and 10 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington at the I Love Chocolate Fest. There will undoubtedly be plenty to eat, but even more ideas of what to get your loved ones for the weeks to come. www.lovechocolatefest.com.
Seeking a craft fair? The eighth annual Hauppauge Craft and Gift Fair will occur November 9 and November 10 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The 33rd annual East Islip Craft and Gift Fair returns November 23 and November 24 from 10 AM to 4 PM at East Islip High School. Northport will hold its 25th annual Craft Fair December 7 and December 8 starting at 10 AM at Northport High School. Head to the St. James-Smithtown Craft Fair on December 14 and December 15 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Smithtown East High School. The 38th annual Selden Craft and Gift Fair takes place December 21 and December 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM. All are free admission and additional details can be found at www.depasmarket.com.
Harborfields Public Library in Greenlawn will host a holiday craft fair on November 8 and November 9 from 9 AM to 4 PM, with 50 vendors and one-of-a-kind gifts. www.harborfieldslibrary.org.
The Long Island Woodworkers Show returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration on November 9 from 10 AM to 4 PM, featuring handcrafted furniture and projects, even demonstrations. Go to www.liwoodworkers.org.
The Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City will have A Victorian Tree: Festival of Trees on November 16 from 1 to 4 PM. Learn more at www.licm.org.
The Gobble Gobble Book Fest comes to Cedarhurst on November 17 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Hindi’s Libraries with interactive story time, live music, cookie decorating, and more. Call 516-400-3428.
Garvies Point Museum’s Native American Feast takes place just in time for Thanksgiving on November 23 and November 24 from 10 AM to 4 PM, in celebration of the northeastern Native American culture, a tradition for over 25 years. Foods, medicinal plants, face painting, and more, will be available in Glen Cove. www.garviespointmuseum.com.
The 30th Annual Long Island Festival of Trees will take place November 29 through December 1 from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. In addition to indoor ice skating, it’s a great shopping opportunity for unique vendor gifts, designer trees, and the chance to meet Santa. www.cpnassau.org.
Have great expectations at the 23rd annual Charles Dickens Festival on December 1 and 2 throughout the Village of Port Jefferson as it transforms into pages out of Dickens’s novels. Musical and magic performances, and, of course, a production of “A Christmas Carol.” www.portjeff.com.
Nassau Museum will host the Children’s Book Festival on December 1, from 11 AM to 4 PM, at The Manes Center. Enjoy a story read by exhibiting illustrators from the museum’s current exhibit. Learn more at www.nassaumuseum.org.
Ashawagh Hall in Springs is the home of the ninth annual Friends Bazaar on Saturday, December 7, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free; inside is arts and crafts, ceramics, photography, jewelry, fiber arts, home décor, bags, scrimshaw, ornaments, hand soaps, and more. For further information, contact [email protected].
Stony Brook Village Center will have a holiday festival on December 8 from 12 to 5:30 PM. Live music, trees, holiday windows, train display, and Santa. Head to www.stonybrookvillage.com.