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Celebrate The Holiday Season With Hamptons Santa Visits, Tree Lightings, And A Parade Of Lights

Nicole Barylski

Santa is making appearances across the Hamptons. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Ready for holly, jolly seasonal experiences?

Holiday cheer will be spread across Montauk on Saturday, November 25. The Montauk Community Church Christmas Fair (850 Montauk Highway, Montauk) will launch seasonal festivities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Montauk Library (871 Montauk Highway, Montauk) will present its Holiday Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Montauk Chamber of Commerce will host a Family Holiday Fun Day at Montauk Yacht Club (32 Star Island Road, Montauk) from 12 to 2 pm. Finally, at 4 p.m., the highly anticipated return of the Annual Lighting of The Lighthouse (2000 NY-27, Montauk) will commence. The holiday extravaganza will feature holiday music and caroling, an appearance from Santa, and free parking and admission to the lighthouse grounds. The rain date is Sunday, November 26 and the Lighthouse will remain illuminated through January 1, 2018. On Sunday, November 26, return to the iconic landmark for Christmas at the Lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will be treated to pony rides for young children, another Santa visit, hot cider and snacks, free admission to the Lighthouse and more. The rain date is Sunday, December 3. For more information, visit www.montaukchamber.com.

It's A Wonderful Village, presented by Southampton Country Holiday, is also on Saturday, November 25. From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., you can take a quaint horse and buggy ride throughout the Village. Rides depart from Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton). The Parades of Lights will follow at 4:30 p.m. The tree lighting will commence at 5 p.m. and the evening will culminate with a reception at Southampton Cultural Center (25 Pond Lane, Southampton). It's A Wonderful Village returns of Saturday, December 2 for more horse and buggy rides from 1 to 4 p.m. and a visit from Santa at the Chamber of Commerce (76 Main Street, Southampton) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, December 9, it's another chance for horse and buggy rides, and Santa will make an appearance at the Rogers Memorial Library (91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton). The final It's A Wonderful Village on Sunday, December 16 will feature even more horse and buggy rides. For more information, visit southamptonchamber.com.

Holiday cheer and merriment is taking over the East End. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

The annual Lighting of the Big Duck (Route 24, Flanders) will take place on Wednesday, November 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com.

Baron's Cove (31 West Water Street, Sag Harbor) will commemorate the most wonderful time of the year with a Holiday Party on Friday, December 1 that will include a traditional tree lighting, live music from the Lynn Blue Duo, complimentary cookies and warm cider, seasonal crafts for kids, and a visit from Santa. The festive affair will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.baronscove.com.

The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce's East Hampton Santa Parade will take place on Saturday, December 2 at 10 a.m. The march will begin at Main Street and finish at Newtown Lane. Mayor Paul Rickenbach (in the antique #5 fire truck), Hugh King - the Town Crier, the Lions Club, Kiwanis, the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the Ross School, the YMCA, Antique Tractors, 5 Hamlets Fire Trucks, Dance Hampton, the Historical Society, the Springs School Band, the East Hampton Classic Boat Club, the WELJ Mobile Studio, and the East Hampton Library will join Kris Kringle and his reindeer and sleigh for the jovial affair. After the parade, families can head to Rowdy Hall (10 Main Street, East Hampton) for a meet and greet with St. Nicholas, who will be arriving at 11 a.m., Dreesen's Donuts and warm apple cider. While at Rowdy, help spread some holiday cheer by creating a holiday card for a veteran at the Walter Reed Hospital, which will be delivered by a representative from Wounded Warrior before the holidays. Attendees can also donate canned and shelf stable food for the local food pantries. For more information, visit easthamptonchamber.com.

Sag Harbor is hosting a Holiday Village on Saturday, December 2. Santa will arrive via some assistance from the Sag Harbor Fire Department's Fire Truck at 3 p.m. and the man in red and his better half Mrs. Claus will visit the Windmill with candy canes for all children. Our Sons and Daughter's PreSchool and the Girl Scouts will sing holiday tunes and the Lighting of the ginormous Christmas Tree at the Long Wharf will take place at 5 p.m. For more information, visit sagharborchamber.com.

Additionally, Our Sons & Daughters School is hosting a Community Lantern Walk from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Participants should meet at Dodds & Eder (11 Bridge Street, Sag Harbor) for a walk to the Long Wharf. Admission is $20 (includes two hand-made lanterns) or $45 (includes two hand-made lanterns and a pizza). Upon arrival walkers will be greeted with hot chocolate, and can listen to song and stories. After the walk Around the Fire will offer up pizza. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com.

The Hampton Library's Annual Open House and Tree Lighting (2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton,) will take place on Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m. Partygoers will revel in the season with cookies and cider and winter tales, as they await for the Lions Club to bring Santa from the North Pole. Once the guest of honor has arrived, the tree lighting will commence with caroling from the Bridgehampton School Band. For more information, visit www.hamptonlibrary.org.

The Parade of Lights in Southampton. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Westhampton Beach's Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting at the Village Green will be held on Saturday, December 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The evening will include holiday tunes from the Westhampton Beach High School choir, refreshments, and a performance from Dance Center of the Hamptons. For more information, visit www.westhamptonchamber.org.

Hampton Bays' Annual Tree Lighting & Visit with Santa on the Village Green will take place on Sunday, December 3 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.hamptonbayschamber.com.

The Springs Improvement Society is hosting the 26th annual Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ashawagh Hall (780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton) on Sunday, December 3 at 5 p.m. The holiday fundraiser for the S.I.S. Scholarship Fund, which will support scholarships for Springs students, will spread holiday love with music, hot chocolate and cider, cookie decorating, ornament making, and a special appearance from Santa. For more information, visit ashawagh-hall.org.

The annual Lighting of the Windmill at Stony Brook Southampton (39 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton) will be held on Friday, December 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature music, refreshments, and family activities in the Student Center Cafeteria. Additionally, Chris Paparo of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences will lead a special lecture, Exploring Long Island's Underwater World at Duke Lecture Hall at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.stonybrook.edu.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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