Everywhere you look, holiday spirit is filling the Hamptons and the North Fork. Christmas lights adorn trees, windmills, vineyards and shops at every turn. The sounds of the season can be heard in the stores and on the streets. As you enjoy Sunday on the East End, we unwrap a quartet of quintessential holiday treats for every taste.
In East Hampton…
c/o The Maidstone and The Living Room Restaurant presents the annual tree lighting on (4–6 p.m.), featuring festive activities such as live holiday music from a local choir, visits with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday refreshments and more. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the East Hampton Food Pantry, and there will be a toy drive for Toys for Tots. More info
In the Sounds of the Bells
Harbor Bells, an English handbell choir, has been in existence since 1993, starting out as a church choir at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor and becoming a community choir in 2006. Join them for a spirited holiday performance at St. Andrews Church in Sag Harbor (4. p.m.), and remember that the choir always collects canned goods for the local food pantries. More info
On the Farm
Head to Hallockville Museum Farm (noon–3:30 p.m.) and experience the traditions of Victorian Christmas in the Hallock Homestead and Polish Christmas in the Cichanowicz Farmhouse, complete with the sights, sounds and aromas of the holidays! You’ll find children’s activities, woodworking demonstrations, an antique toy exhibit, traditional holiday music and horse-drawn carriage rides, plus fresh-baked goods, cider and hot chocolate…and a special visitor from the North Pole arriving at 2:30 p.m. for some fun! More info
In the Pages of a Classic
A reading of Truman Capote’s timeless holiday story A Christmas Memory by Tom DeWolfe & Jere Jacob at the Amagansett Free Library (1:30 p.m.) will transport you to a time when fruitcake was poignant, not a punch line, in this largely autobiographical story that takes place in the 1930s and brings to life an unforgettable time in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. More info
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