The holiday season is upon us and while gift shopping is certainly a way to get your spirits up, there are plenty of other ways that are a little more fun for everyone here in the Hamptons and North Fork. . Get a sneak preview of upcoming holiday shows, as well as select Christmas and Hanukkah events in the East End.

Candlelight tours
Friday November 26

Santa Claus arrives at the Southold Historical Museum on Black Friday to take photos with his fans. Afterwards, tours of the 18th-century Thomas Moore House and the Victorian Ann Currie-Bell House will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be lawn games, live music and tree lighting at 5 p.m. 631-765-5500, southoldhistorical.org

Christmas in the light
November 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and November 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas is approaching at the Montauk Lighthouse! The festivities begin at dusk on Saturday, when the iconic structure will be lit up to the rhythm of Christmas carols sung by Sarah Conway & the Playful Souls. The next day, families will get together, eat festive cookies, and the children can tell Santa what they want. 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk. montaukchamber.com

Menorah Cutchogue lighting
Sunday November 28, 4 p.m.

The North Fork Reform Synagogue invites the community to community menorah lighting on the Cutchogue Village Green. 27320, main road, Cutchogue. northforkreformsynagogue.org

Menorah Riverhead Lighting
Sunday November 28, 5 p.m.

Join the Israel Riverhead Temple for outdoor community menorah lighting on the first night of Chanukah. Masks are mandatory. RWinterfront Park, Riverhead. 631-727-3191, templeisraelriverhead.org

Celebration of Mattituck Hanukkah
Sunday November 28, 5 p.m.

The North Fork Chabad hosts public menorah lighting with gifts for children, latkes, donuts, live music dreidels and more. 725 Bennetts Pond Lane, Mattituck. chabadofnorthfork.org

Greenport Menorah Lighting
Sunday November 28, 5 p.m.

Spend the first night of Chanukah with Congregation Tifereth Israel as they light up the Greenport Community Menorah. Mitchell Park, Greenport. 631-477-0232, tiferethisraelgreenport.org

Chanukah Film Festival and Blessing
November 28 to December 5

Join Temple Adas Israel at the Long Wharf Windmill for a Chanukah blessing on Sunday, November at 6 p.m. Then get excited for their 2021 film festival – 11 films in eight nights! Long Wharf, Sag Harbor. 631-725-0904, templeadasisrael.org

Eight Chanukah Celebrations
November 28 to December 5

Join the Hampton Synagogue and the Westhampton Beach Jewish community for their annual Hanukkah celebration. The festivities include menorah lights, a party and donuts at the Beach Bakery Grand Café and more. One must reserve. 631-288-0534 ext 10, thehamptonsynagogue.org

A line of dressed and lit cars for the East Hampton Menorahcade

Hanukkah in East Hampton
November 28 to December 5

The Chabad of the Hamptons hosts a number of events, including the annual Menorahcade which leads to the Herrick Park Menorah Lighting at 4 p.m. on November 28, as well as a Chanukah Kids Nightclub, Menorah Lighting at Amagansett and Montauk, a Shabbos dinner and more. Visit their website for full details. 631-329-5800, chabadofthehamptons.com

The Grand Duck of Flanders, decorated and lit for the holidays.
The Grand Duck of Flanders, decorated and lit for the holidays. Photo credit: Jennifer Meihofer

Duck Holiday Lighting
Wednesday December 1st 7 p.m.

Don’t miss the annual community lighting of the East End’s most endearing and bizarre building. 1012 NY-24, Flanders. 631-852-3377

Windmill lighting
Friday December 3 5:30 p.m.

Stony Brook Southampton invites the community to the annual campus windmill lighting. The event features refreshments, music, an alumni-sponsored photo booth, guided windmill tours, children’s crafts, and special recognition in honor of Covenant Fred Thiele Jr. Following the lighting ceremony, a free whale watching lecture will be offered in the Duke Salle lecture hall. E-mail [email protected] to RSVP. 70 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton. 631-632-6873, stonybrook.edu

Stony Brook Southampton Windmill lit up for the holidays.
The Stony Brook Southampton Windmill lit for the holidays. Courtesy of Stony Brook Southampton

Miracle on 34th Street and Darren Ottati
3-12 December & 19 December

On December 3, Center Stage at the Southampton Cultural Center presents Lance Arthur Smith and Jon Lorenz’s Miracle on 34th Street: a live music radio play, a new take on the 1947 American Christmas comedy drama written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. Then, on December 19, don’t miss the Darren Ottati & Friends holiday concert on the main stage featuring the musical styles of Darren Ottati and his talented friends. 25 Pond Lane, Southampton. 631 287-4377, scc-arts.org

Santa’s Brunch
Sunday December 5, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Celebrate the season at the annual Santa’s Brunch at the Long Island Aquarium. Savor a delicious family brunch in the waterfront Sea Star Ballroom, and pack a camera for a family photo with Santa Claus. Kids will even make a special vacation souvenir to take away! 431 East Main Street, Riverhead. 631-208-9200 ext 426, longislandaquarium.com

WLNG’s Rockabilly Christmas and 52nd Street Lords Christmas
December 10 and 17, 8 p.m.

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Suffolk Theater and two hugely popular bands: Sun Records’ latest recording artist, wild pianist Jason D. Williams, and Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks, the prodigal kings of rockabilly from the ‘East End. The Suffolk Theater second Christmas concert in 2021 features Billy Joel’s original band in a festive and fun evening. Get ready to jam on all the classics! The doors to the restaurant and bar open at 6.30 p.m. for both shows.118 East Main Street, Riverhead. 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com

Aglow: A Vacation Experience at Moran Studio
Saturday December 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For one night only, the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran studio will transform into a celebration of the Victorian holidays. Visit the historic studio decorated for a festive Victorian Christmas, visit Santa Claus, enjoy live Christmas music, and create a little children’s craft. 229 Main Street, East Hampton. 631-324-6850, easthamptonhistory.org

Ugly sweater night with Hello Brooklyn!
Saturday 11 December 10 p.m.

Put on your ugliest gay clothes and get ready to party with Hello Brooklyn! at the Stephen Talkhouse. Grab your tickets before they sell out! No one under the age of 21 will be allowed to enter. 161 Main Street, Amagansett. 631-267-3117, stephentalkhouse.com

Nutcracker
December 11-12, noon and 5 p.m.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center invites families to join Clara as her beloved nutcracker doll transforms into a prince and takes her on a journey to an enchanted Wonderland forest and candy country. This special production of the Peconic Ballet Theater will feature a new cast with each of its four performances. 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. 631-288-1500, whbpac.org

The Polar Express
December 25-26

Watching a movie on Christmas Day is already an experience – now imagine doing it at the refurbished cinema in Sag Harbor. The featured feature is none other than the animated Christmas classic The Polar Express, featuring the strange resemblance of Tom Hanks. Families are sure to enjoy this magical trip! 90 Main Street, Sag Harbor. 631-725-0010, sagharborcinema.org

Find other exciting Hamptons, North Fork, and family events happening this weekend and beyond (or list your own event) at DansPapers.com/Events.