Holiday Happenings: Tours, Gift Shows, and Polar Bear Plunge

There's just 13 days until Christmas. This weekend you can get your shopping done while also enjoying the festivities at events like the Holiday Stroll in East Hampton or the holiday sales in Bridgehampton. Mark the end of Hanukkah with the Menorahcade that will drive through East Hampton on Saturday. There's something for everyone this weekend. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11

LANTERN TOUR: East Hampton Historical Society tour of decorated historic houses. Reservations required at 324-6850 with advanced payment of $15. Meet at Clinton Academy, East Hampton, 6:30 p.m.

FILM: “90 Minutes in Heaven,” starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth, East Hampton Library, 1-3 p.m.

CRAFT: Children 4 and up make homemade gifts of bath salts, Hampton Library, Bridgehampton, 4:30 p.m.

HOLIDAY SALE: Bridgehampton Museum Archives Building, 2539-A Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 6-8 p.m.

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT: Rapid-fire presentations by 10 creative East End residents. $10, free for members, students, and children. Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, 6 p.m.

“THE NUTCRACKER”: Hampton Ballet Theater School. Advance tickets $25 adults, $20 children under 12, $30 for adults at door, with premium or group seating available. John Drew Theater, Guild Hall, East Hampton, 7 p.m. Also Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

OPEN MIKE NIGHT: Students in grades 6 to 12 will showcase talents in poetry, karaoke, music, and more. Pre-register with Southampton Town Youth Services, 702-2425, Hampton Coffee, 749 County Road 39A, Southampton, 7-9 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: Benefitting Human Resources of the Hamptons. Minimum donation $25. Registration 9:30 a.m., Coopers Beach, Southampton, 10 a.m. sharp.

CRAFT FAIR: Handcrafted, raffles, Springs Presbyterian Church, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

SANTA VISIT & CRAFTS: Santa photo op, collection of canned and shelf stable foods for local food pantries. Children can make holiday cards for veterans at Walter Reed Hospital. Doughnuts and warm apple cider. Suggested $2 donation per photo for food pantries. Rowdy Hall restaurant, East Hampton, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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 for nonmembers per house.

GINGERBREAD HOUSES: For children 5 and up, limited space, Hampton Library, Bridgehampton, 11 a.m.

GIFT SHOW: Exhibit and sale by local artisans, Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Museum Archives Building, 2539-A Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also running simultaneously, the museum’s holiday sale, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP: Family workshop with guidance from pros from Citarella. $15 for members, $20 nonmembers, Boots Lamb Education Center, Guild Hall, East Hampton, noon-2 p.m.

INN TOUR: Self-guided visits to inns, B&Bs, other spots, coffee and sweet rolls served. Sponsored by East Hampton Chamber of Commerce. $25. Starts at Huntting Inn, East Hampton, 11 a.m.-noon. Properties open  noon - 4 p.m.

HOLIDAY STROLL: East Hampton Village shops will serve refreshments. Sponsored by East Hampton Chamber of Commerce. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Santa visit, Rowdy Hall, 10 a.m.-noon.

“IT’S A WONDERFUL VILLAGE”: Hayrides and buggy rides, Southampton Arts Center, 25 Job’s Lane, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Santa visit and refreshments, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, 2-4 p.m.

READING: Joyce DeCordova, “Seven Voices,” a North Fork Writers Group anthology, East Hampton Library, 1 p.m.

SANTA VISIT: Children bring letter for Santa, refreshments served. Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, 2-4 p.m.

GINGERBREAD HOUSES: Decorate a house or create one of your own. Parents to accompany kids. R.S.V.P. by Dec. 10. Donations accepted. Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island, 2-4 p.m.

FAMILY WORKSHOP: Decorate a tree for the birds. Reservations required. South Fork Natural History Museum, 3 p.m.

CRAFT: Create modern glass ornaments with temporary tattoos, Hampton Library, Bridgehampton, 4 p.m.

LIVE NATIVITY: Southampton Presbyterian Church, 4:30 p.m.

HEARTHSIDE CHEER: Hors d’oeuvres, sweets, open bar. Sponsored by Southampton Historical Society and Museums. $50 in advance, $60 at door. Reservations at 283-2494. Rogers Mansion, Southampton, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

MENORAHCADE: Vehicles will parade through East Hampton with menorahs on roofs. Parade departs Chabad of East Hampton, 13 Woods Lane, at 6:30 p.m. for Herrick Park in East Hampton. Lighting of the menorah at Herrick Park, 7 p.m., followed by Hanukkah party at East Hampton Middle School.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

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

LESSONS & CAROLS: East Hampton Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m.

TABLE TALK: Discover traditional self-healing methods applied to modern lifestyle and times with Susan Krieger. Free. Guild Hall, East Hampton, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

SENIOR DINNER: Free turkey and ham meals for seniors. Reservations required at 604-6349. Springs Firehouse, 1-2 p.m. Take-out and delivery available, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

SANTA VISIT: Games, crafts, and more. Santa arrives by fire truck, Montauk Firehouse, 1 p.m.

SWEDISH LUCIA: Celebration with Swedish homemade baked goods and choir singing. Brunch also served, c/o the Maidstone, Main Street, East Hampton, 1-2 p.m.

TEA: Tea & Tree event celebrates members, volunteers, and donors at Sylvester Manor, 80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, 1-3 p.m.

SUCCESSFUL PLANTS: Illustrated talk by John Lonsdale on rock garden, woodland, and container plants. Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Community House, 2 p.m.

CRAFT: Children 5 and up make birdseed oranments. Register in advance. John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, 2 p.m.

MENORAH LIGHTING: Hanukkah songs, doughnuts, hot cocoa, and more, outdoors at Amagansett Firehouse, 3 p.m.

CONCERT: Adult and children’s choirs and recorder ensemble with Peter Martin Weiss on bass and Bob Stern on violin. Refreshments. Donation for Montauk Food Pantry. St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, Montauk, 4 p.m.

CAROLS AND CANDLELIGHT: Southampton Presbyterian Church, 5 p.m.

HOLIDAY BALL: Dinner and ballroom showcases and exhibitions with guest judge Randy Dias, featuring the Trevor Davison Big Band Orchestra, buffet dinner, desserts. Benefit Long Island Cares, $75 at door. 230 Elm, Southampton, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

BENEFIT: The Sag Harbor Partnership will hold a fund-raising dinner to benefit the Eastville Community Historical Society and the partnership's general fund. $100. Estia's Little Kitchen, Sag Harbor, 7 p.m.

CONCERT: Sag Harbor Community Band and Sweet Adelines. Free. Old Whalers Church, Sag Harbor, 7:30 p.m.