Holiday Happenings: Santa Parade, Menorah Lightings, and More

Santa Claus will make a special appearance in the East Hampton parade named in his honor on Saturday. Morgan McGivern

Clear your calendar and get into the holiday spirit. The first weekend of December offers many festive events, from the annual Santa Parade in East Hampton to a traditional German community sing-along out in Montauk. Hanukkah starts Monday, and a community menorah lighting will be held in advance, as well as Hanukkah parties. Even if you want nothing to do with the holidays, you'll find a way to spend the weekend. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

HAMPTONS TAKE 2 FILM FESTIVAL: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Includes “Very Semi-Serious,” about The New Yorker cartoon hopefuls, 6:15 p.m., Spotlight film/Filmmakers’ Choice Award to director Laz Garbus for “What Happened, Miss Simone?” about torch singer Nina Simone, 8:30 p.m. Tickets online at HT2FF.com. $15 adults, $13 seniors. Four-day pass, including gala, $125. Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor.

ART WORKSHOP: Design artwork to be used to create a winter tree mural. Children 4 and up. Hampton Library, Bridgehampton, 4:30 p.m.

WINDMILL LIGHT-UP: Refreshments, holiday treats, music, and crafts for kids, guided tours. Free. Stony Brook Southampton, 5-7 p.m.

READING: “The Hamptons Get Mortified Vol. 2,” comical readings of adolescent diaries. Admission, $10. Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, 6 p.m.

BOOK DISCUSSION: And Shabbat service. Rabbi David Wolpe’s “David: The Divider Heart,” finalist for 2014 Jewish Book of the Year, with Rabbi Daniel Geffen, Temple Adas Israel, Sag Harbor, 6 p.m.

SPORTS: Sponsored by Southampton Youth Services, games include Human Hungry Hippos, Jumbo Jenga, basketball knockout, flag football, relay races, and more, for students in fifth through 12th grades, 1370A Majors Path, Southampton, 7-10 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CAROL: Our Fabulous Variety Show holiday performance, Guild Hall, East Hampton, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 to $55 (purhase online). Proceeds benefits performing arts scholarship and HUGS. Also Dec. 5, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 6 2 p.m.

JINGLE BELL HOP: Fund-raiser for St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church nursery school. Music, food, raffles. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at door. East by Northeast restaurant, Montauk, 8 p.m.

TRIVIA NIGHT: Fund-raiser for Children’s Museum of the East End. $10 per player in advance, $15 at  door (available online). Up to five people per team. Townline BBQ, Sagaponack, 8-10 p.m. Registration, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5

BUS TRIP: Sponsored by the Town of Southampton. $30 for residents, $40 nonresidents. Bus departs Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays at 8:30 a.m., returns from Manhattan at 7 p.m. Reservations at 728-8585.

FAIR: Sponsored by the Bridgehampton Association, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Bridgehampton, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

WREATH SALE: Proceeds benefit Amagansett Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Amagansett Firehouse, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Outdoors, weather permitting, indoors otherwise.

SEAL WALK: Three-mile walk. Reservations required at 668-5000. $4 adults, $3 kids 3 to 18, free for those under 3. Montauk Point State Park, 10 a.m.

HIKE: East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, moderate pace, 4 to 5-mile hike. Meet at curve on Napeague  Meadow Road, midway between Montauk Highway and Cranberry Hole Road, 10 a.m.

BAZAAR AND LUNCH: Southampton Presbyterian Church, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. American Girl Doll breakfast with Santa, 9-10 a.m., $10. New soup and sandwich cafe, $10, noon to 2 p.m.

SANTA PARADE: Sponsored by East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, from Huntting Inn, Main Street to Newtown Lane, ending at railroad station, 10 a.m. Santa will greet kids at Huntting Inn between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

OPEN STUDIO: For teens. Registration required. Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, 10 a.m.-noon.

GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP: Children’s Museum of the East End, 10-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m. $20 per house for members, $30 nonmembers per house. Registration required at 537-8250.

GIFT SHOW: Local artisans exhibit and sale, Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons. Also Dec. 12 and 19. Bridgehampton Historical Museum Archives Building, 2539-A Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

FRIENDS BAZAAR: Arts and fine crafts, handmade goods, ceramics, photography, jewelry, handbags, and more. Free admission. Ashawagh Hall, Springs, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

FOOD AND CRAFT BAZAAR: Homegrown for the Holidays, local artists, food purveyors, and vendors, Hayground School, 151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

MARKET: Madoo's holiday market and wreath-making workshop, Madoo Conservancy, Sagaponack, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

FAIR: Homemade baked goods, Christmas gifts, local vendors, c/o the Maidstone, Main Street, East Hampton, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Also Dec. 12 and 19.

HAMPTONS TAKE 2 FILM FESTIVAL: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Includes “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island” by Jake Gorst, 12:15 p.m. Gala reception and screening of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” plus Career Achievement Award to Stanley Nelson, director, 7 p.m. Tickets online at HT2FF.com. $15 adults, $13 seniors. Four-day pass, including gala, $125. Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor.

TALK: Photographer Walter Weissman provides insights into his works on view in the Wasserstein Gallery through Feb. 21, Guild Hall, East Hampton, 12:30 p.m.

TREE-LIGHTING AND SANTA: Open house, hot cider. Sponsored by Lions Club, Hampton Library, Bridgehampton, 1 p.m.

READING: Samantha Bruce-Benjamin, “The Westhampton Leisure House and Supper Club,” a self-published novel, East Hampton Library, 1 p.m.

“IT’S A WONDERFUL VILLAGE”: Stroll and enjoy carolers, music, hot chocolate, cookies, horse and buggy rides, and more, 1-4 p.m. Santa visit, Southampton Chamber of Commerce building, 76 Main Street, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

PARTY: East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society hosts Mrs. Claus at its Main Street headquarters. Free. 2-4 p.m.

TREE OF LIGHTS: Sponsored by East End Hospice. Shelter Island Library, 37 North Ferry Road, 2:30 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE: Party and raffle drawing, 4:30 p.m., East End Classic Boat Society. Free. Raffle is five for $20 or $5 each, day of. Boat Shop, Bluff Road, Amagansett, 3-5 p.m.

SANTA VISIT: Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce. Santa arrives by fire truck. Windmill on Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, 3-5 p.m. Followed by Village Light-Up, 5 p.m

ADVENTSSINGEN: Traditional community sing-along with Benjamin and Sylvester on the guitar and hammered dulcimer to celebrate the closing of the season. German and American Christmas carols, Mama Schneider’s Christmas stollen, weihachtsgeback, Zum Schneider, 4 South Elmwood Avenue, Montauk, 3-7 p.m. No cover.

LIGHT-UP: East Hampton Historical Society lights Hook Mill, Main Street and Pantigo Road, 4 p.m.

COCKTAIL PARTY: Hors d’oeuvres, drinks. Jazz by Steve Schaugnessy on bass. Barbara Hadden and Michael Butler’s “Our Town” exhibit returns for one night only. $25 per person. Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, 5-7 p.m.

DINNER: A roast pork dinner to benefit the American Legion's book scholarship and building fund. Takeout also available. $15 cost, American Legion, Amagansett 5-8 p.m. 

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Holiday wreath auction, lighting of the vines, holiday jazz, hors d’oeuvres, Wolffer wine and hard cider, and mulled wine. Admission, $75, $35 for children under 6. Proceeds benefit Fighting Chance, Wolffer Estate, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, 6-8 p.m.

CONTRA DANCE: Traditional barn dancing for all ages. Preview at 7:45 p.m. Water Mill Community House, 8-11 p.m.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Pancakes, buffet style. Hosted by Springs Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary to benefit the scholarship fund. $10 adults, $5 kids, Springs Firehouse, 7-11 a.m.

BOXWOOD TREE WORKSHOP: $55 adults, $45 children including materials. Reservations required at 537-3700. Marders Garden Shop, 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, 10 a.m.

HAMPTONS TAKE 2 FILM FESTIVAL: Includes “Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs & the New South Africa,” 11 a.m., “Harry and Snowman,” about Harry de Layer, a horse trainer whose plow horse became show jumping champion, 1:15 p.m., “The Newburgh Sting,” 3:15 p.m., “Monk with a Camera,” 5:15 p.m., and the closing night film “Since: the Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103,” 7:15 p.m. Tickets online at HT2FF.com. $15 adults, $13 seniors. Four-day pass, including gala, $125. Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor.

SEAL WALK: Three-mile walk. Reservations required at 668-5000, $4 adults, $3 kids 3 to 18, free for those under 3, Montauk Point State Park, 11 a.m.

TABLE TALK: Drawing class with Aurelio Torres. Free to attend, Guild Hall, East Hampton, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

SILVER TEA: Silent auction, raffles, baked goods, refreshments, Ryan-Dempsey Parish Hall, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 77 Buell Lane, East Hampton, noon-3 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE: Children can decorate a handmade ceramic ornament and Santa visit, Laurel Group at Baywoods, Water Mill, noon to 4 p.m. 

WORKSHOP AND ART SHOW: Santa visit, gifts, ornaments, decorations on view. Sponsored by Shelter Island Historical Society at Havens House, 1-4 p.m.

HOLIDAY DINNER: For senior citizens. Free. Reservations required at 668-5695, Montauk Firehouse, 1-5 p.m. 

FAMILY TALK: Bilingual gallery talk and art workshop, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, 2 p.m.

WREATH WORKSHOP: Sponsored by Peconic Land Trust. Wreaths donated by Lynch’s Garden Center and led by Diana Conklin of Everlastings by Diana. Bring ribbons and decorative items. $30 per person. Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton, 2-4 p.m.

TREE OF LIGHTS: Sponsored by East End Hospice. Gazebo, Herrick Park, East Hampton, 2:30 p.m.

HOLIDAY CABARET: Valerie diLorenzo, vocalist, and Peter Pece, accompanist, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, 3 p.m.

MENORAH LIGHTING: Hanukkah songs, doughnuts, hot cocoa. Kirk Park, Montauk, 3 p.m.

HANUKKAH PARTY: Bazaar, music, latkes, dreidel games. Temple Adas Israel, Atlantic Avenue and Elizabeth Street, Sag Harbor, 3 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: “A Rose in Winter,” Choral Society of the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 3 and 5:30 p.m.

HARBOR BELLS: Concert, free will offering with donations collected for Sag Harbor Food Pantry, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Sag Harbor, 4 p.m.

TREE LIGHTING: Santa appearance, children’s choir, cookie decorating, c/o the Maidstone, Main Street, East Hampton, 4-6 p.m.

LIGHTING: Community candle lighting of menorah at the windmill, Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, 6 p.m.