By Lydia Geisel | November 30, 2016 | Lifestyle
From ice skating to tree lightings to well-deserved retreats, here’s how to get into the holiday spirit in the Hamptons this year.
Winter at The Baker House.
Opt for a weekend staycation at this historic and award-winning boutique inn that offers luxurious serenity in East Hampton Village. Take a break from holiday shopping and reward yourself with the holiday package, which features an exclusive rate and a complimentary couples massage when you stay two nights or more. Simply mention the code “HOLIDAY” when booking and prep for the seasonal escape of your dreams. 181 Main St., East Hampton, 324-4081
Nothing beats a decadent holiday feast and giving back to the community: Celebrate the season and support the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreations Center over a three-course dinner at the luxe Topping Rose House on Saturday, December 10. Tickets are $175 per person. 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpk., Bridgehampton, 903-5485
Throw on your skates and take a turn on this NHL regulation-sized rink, or cozy up on the sidelines by the open fire with refreshments from the full-service snack bar. Buckskill is perfect for family fun or first dates this winter. 178 Buckskill Road, East Hampton, 324-2243
Celebrate the East End’s premier artists at Art Barre, A Collection of the East End's Finest Arts: Dance, Music, Visual Arts, and Wine, on December 17. Whether you consider yourself an art enthusiast or not, you can revel in the holiday spirit among your fellow neighbors as you browse the current artworks, catch special dance performances by the pros, and sip on Martha Clara Vineyards’ finest wines for only $20. Peconic Ballet Theatre, 71 E. Main St., Riverhead, 591-1539
Welcome 2017 in style with a costume party and a glass (or two!) of champagne at Gurney’s Montauk on New Year’s Eve. The night includes fresh tunes from Kim Sozzi Creations Music and DJ Nicole Leone, as well as an open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and a complimentary midnight drink. Tickets start at $150 per person. 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 668-1771
Reward your sweet tooth with a sugary and irresistible snack from this gem of a bakery in Bridgehampton. Grab a box of Lisa’s Cowgirl Cookies (chocolate chips, rolled oats, coconut, and pecans) to go and pair with a glass of cold milk at home by the fire. 97 School St., Bridgehampton, 324-4438
Prep for the ball drop this year by booking a New Year’s Eve party package with Southampton Social Club. Their various options, which range from silver to platinum, include everything from night-long access to the open bar, a four-course dinner from award-winning chef Scott Kampf, or a private table with bottle service. Check out packages and rates online so you can toast to 2017 in style. 256 Elm St., Southampton, 287-1400
Forget traditional festive fare and opt for ceviche and enchiladas at this mod Mexican eatery. Perfect for hosting a holiday gathering, this resto offers special party bookings so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of a DIY. You’ll never regret swapping hot ciders for tequila shots—trust us. 40 Bowden Square, Southampton, 631-377-3500
Get into the holiday spirit at Wolffer Estate’s annual lighting of the vines event on December 3. Sip on mulled wine and jam out to festive music, as you watch 15,000 spectacular LED lights illuminate the vineyard rows. Tickets are $75 for adults and $35 for kids age six and under. 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, 537-5106