Now that we have all woken from our food comas and eaten the last of the turkey leftovers, it’s time to start thinking about the holiday season. There is so much to do and so little time. For those who are shoppers, I’ve heard that Black Friday and Cyber Monday were roaring successes. At my house we successfully got the tree up and decorated, and even attended the lighting of the Montauk Lighthouse. Albeit we still have lights to hang and more shopping and wrapping to do, but with all the hustle and bustle I do try to slow down for a moment to enjoy the many opportunities around town to enjoy this wonderful time of year.
One of my favorite events to get the holiday season started is The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce’s Santa Claus Parade. Years ago, the parade would wind down Main Street and end with Santa Claus at the VFW building (now London Jewelers) and all the kids of the town would sit on Santa’s lap and then head down to the movie theater for an afternoon of free cartoons. While time has passed and many things have changed, the parade tradition continues and is still a marker for many of us who didn’t get together right after Thanksgiving that the season is really here. This year, the parade is on Saturday, December 5, and starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street making its way down Newtown Lane toward the train station. It is filled with children, animals, floats of all kinds, music and cheer, but most important is the final float which features Father Christmas himself. Immediately after the parade, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Santa Claus can be found at the Palm Restaurant ready to listen to the hopes and wishes of all the good children of East Hampton. For those simply looking for a photo opportunity with Santa, he can also be found at Wittendale’s on Newtown Lane before the parade for a quick click.To keep the holiday spirit rolling, there are numerous activities after the parade. The East Hampton Historical Society will be conducting “Home Sweet Home Christmas: Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Holiday” from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, during which the windmills around the village will be lighted. Additionally, there will be antique dolls and toys on exhibit at the Clinton Academy, a quartet playing holiday music at Home Sweet Home, and a story reading and chance for a picture with Santa Claus at the Mulford Farm. To keep things sweet the East Hampton Historical Society will also be serving refreshments at all the locations. Drop by any or all of the locations for a real treat.
In keeping with the Christmas theme, for those who will just write Santa a note, there will be a Christmas Fair with gifts, goodies, treats, and spirits available at ℅The Maidstone starting at noon on Saturday, December 5, after the parade. Then on Sunday, December 6, at 4 p.m. the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held. To celebrate the occasion there will be more fun and festivities. For details and more information, contact ℅The Maidstone at 324-5006 or stop by at 207 Main Street.
On Sunday, December 6, at noon the hopping place in town will be the Most Holy Trinity Parish, where the 53rd annual “Silver Tea” will be held. The Parish Hall will be transformed into a gigantic flea market for all members of East Hampton young and old. There will be delicious treats, raffles, Chinese auction items, beautiful handmade items and shopping for all ages. One of the main features is the under $5 table where all sorts of treasures can be found on the cheap. The event is open to all members of the community, stop by between noon and 3 p.m. at 77 Buell Lane.
Guild Hall is also celebrating the holidays with “Our Fabulous Variety Show presents A Spectacular Christmas Carol!” all weekend beginning Friday, December 4, through Sunday, December 6. It’s the cross between Charles Dickens and a ‘70s variety show with music, dancing and jokes galore. For showtimes and information, contact Guild Hall at 324-0806 or go to www.guildhall.org.
Hanukkah comes early this year, beginning on Sunday, December 6, and ending on Monday, December 14. The Jewish Center of the Hamptons will get people into the spirit of Hanukkah with the workshop “Shir Ha Shirim: Song of Songs” at 11 a.m. followed by a “History of Judaism and the Jewish People” at noon on Friday, December 5. Then the center will be conducting services all throughout the eights days of the holiday. For details and information, call 324-9858 or go to www.jcoh.org.