Greenport Village Holiday Festival will run through the season

Greenport Village is celebrating this year’s Christmas season in a big way, with a Holiday Festival that begins right after Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s Eve.
The festival will offer a wide range of special events for adults and children alike — many of them free. In addition to the highlights listed below, there will be an ongoing exhibit and sale of affordable small artworks at South Street Gallery; a series of films at the East End Seaport Museum; historical, architectural and B&B tours of the village; craft events for kids; painting of storefront windows; and holiday promotions, including free refreshments, at numerous local businesses.
The fun begins Saturday, Nov. 27, with a free Theatreworks presentation of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at the Greenport School auditorium at 2 p.m. The official lighting of the village tree in Mitchell Park, with caroling and refreshments, starts at 5 p.m.
A holiday pet parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 4, 1:30 to 3 p.m., and the Railroad Museum of Long Island will host an open house Dec. 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday choral concerts at Brecknock Hall on Sunday, Dec. 5, 4 and 8 p.m., will feature the music of the season. Also on the 5th, the menorah will be lit in Mitchell Park at 5 p.m. to welcome Hanukkah.
Santa will appear at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Saturdays, Dec. 11 and 18, from 1-3 p.m., where items will be collected for food pantries and The Wish Factory.
On Sunday, Dec. 12, the traditional Christmas parade with Santa begins at 1 p.m., ending with festivities at the firehouse. At 4 p.m. on the 12th, Floyd Memorial Library will host a dramatic reading of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.”
Winter games will take place in Mitchell Park on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. and on the 28th Floyd Memorial will host a hot dog and family movie night featuring “Despicable Me.”
The festival — and the year — wrap up Dec. 31 in Mitchell Park with a New Year’s Eve party in the carousel building starting at 10 p.m. (fee: $25). At midnight in the park, the anchor will be raised to greet 2011 and there will be a spectacular fireworks display.
For a complete list of all Greenport Holiday Festival events, visit