Get in the holiday spirit at one of these 5 fantastic South Fork song and dance extravaganzas:
West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-1500
It’s just not Christmas without The Nutcracker. Check out the Peconic Ballet Theatre’s beautiful production of the Tchaikovsky classic, with afternoon and evening performances on December 10th and 11th. Get tickets here.
For all the joyful sounds of the season, do not miss Damien Sneed’s Joy to the World on December 17th. Sneed’s gospel, jazz and classical arrangements of your favorite holiday classics will have you humming all the home. It’s great ticket to get in the spirit!
Hampton Theatre Company, Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, 631-653-8955
This little-theatre-company-that-could launched in the mid-80s, and continues to thrive with year-round performances, like this clever, semi-meta rendition of It’s a Wonderful Life, portraying the classic as a live radio show from December 16th-18th. Tickets are a stocking-stuffer bargain at $10 and can be purchased here.
Hampton Bays Rotary Club at Saint Rosalie’s Church, 31 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, 631-834-7366
The silken tenor voice of Darren Ottati will lift your spirits when he and his talented band perform their Holiday Harmonies show, brought to you by the Hampton Bays Rotary Club. Pre-sale tickets are $30; $40 at the door, and proceeds to benefit the Rosemary Shoefield Performing Arts Scholarship at Hampton Bays High School—a gift for your ears and a gift for an upcoming star of the stage!
Bay Street Theatre, 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-9500
Mixed Nuts is a ballet-hip-hop-tap twist on the holiday mainstay performance, and each year since this local classic has been performed (since 2011!) there’s an extra holiday tale folded into the plot—and it’s always a surprise. Fun for the whole family, this year’s production runs from December 16th-18th, and tickets can be snagged here.
Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays, 631-728-6241
Of course, it’s a little poetic that local troubadour Caroline Doctorow will be performing on Sunday, December 12 at the Hampton Bay Public Library—she’s the daughter of renowned author, E.L.. This musician’s acoustic folk versions of classic holiday tunes are snow-globe gorgeous, and you won’t be able to help but join in. Call the library or click here to save your seat.