Holiday Events in the Hamptons

by kaitlin clark | November 15, 2012 |

1 - Holiday Events in the Hamptons
Tree lighting at c/o The Maidstone

A 1950s Christmas in Southampton
Curator Emma Ballou compiled Christmas decorations, toys, and gifts from the 1950s for a seasonal exhibition at the Southampton Historical Museum, replete with family photographs and a recreated era living room with Christmas décor. Visit the nostalgic exhibit through January 5. 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, 283-2494

Annual Holiday Tour
In its 23rd year, the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce’s annual self-guided tour celebrates the East End’s unique cluster of inns, bed and breakfasts, and historical sites, including the Pollock Krasner House & Study Center. Refreshments are provided at each of the locations on the December 8 tour. Huntting Inn, 94 Main St., East Hampton, 324-0362

Buckskill Winter Club Ice Skating
Nestled on the Buckskill Tennis Club grounds, the seasonal ice-skating rink transforms four tennis courts into NHL regulation size rinks. The Winter Club offers a basic skills program for students, approved by the US Figure Skating Association. 178 Buckskill Road, East Hampton, 324-2243

Candlelight Fridays
Unwind with a glass of locally sourced merlot every Friday at Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s Candlelight Fridays, an evening of smooth jazz, wine, cheese, and charcuterie plates. 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, 537-5106

c/o The Maidstone Tree Lighting
Watch the large pine tree in front of c/o The Maidstone be set aglow with hundreds of twinkling lights at their annual ceremony on December 9. “The event has become so popular with locals that hundreds gather to watch the big tree light up while a local children’s choir provides holiday music,” says general manager Sophie Boner Hindmarsh. Additional activities include cookie decorating as well as a food and toy drive. c/o The Maidstone, 207 Main St., East Hampton, 324-5006

Evergreen Wreath-Making Workshop
Diana Conklin, of Everlastings by Diana, facilitates the December 2 workshop by providing premade evergreen wreaths as well as locally grown greens, dried flowers, seedpods, and berries for additional decoration. Creating a personal wreath is a great way to bolster some holiday spirit as “wreaths have been symbols of wholeness and continuity for millennia and have been a holiday tradition for centuries,” explains Bridge Gardens garden manager Rick Bogusch. Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton, 283-3195;

Holiday Strolls
Enjoy the holiday décor and merriment of the season while walking through East Hampton Village and the business district of Amagansett on December 8. Participating boutiques will provide special events, entertainment, and music. 324-0362;

Parade of Lights
For more than 50 years, the volunteer fire departments from Southampton and East Hampton vie for the best-decorated fire truck trophy with a parade that begins on Windmill Lane and ends at Agawam Park. Festivities take place on December 1. 287-4377;

Santa Parade
Welcome Santa to town on December 1 at the annual parade with decorated floats and performances by the Springs Public School marching band and East Hampton High School jazz band. Main St., East Hampton;

Southampton Cultural Center Annual Holiday Party
Immediately following the tree lighting ceremony at Agawam Park on December 1, head to the Levitas Center for the Arts for a visit with Santa, refreshments, and a performance by the center’s piano students and the Prelude Overture String Ensemble. Levitas Center for the Arts at Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, 287-4377

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