Just because it’s not beach season, doesn't mean you don't deserve a trip out to the Hamptons. With the holidays right around the corner, you might find yourself struggling to find some fun activities. Taking a trip out the Hamptons or Montauk might just be what you need! There are number of great activities and events to get you into the holiday spirit. Whether it’s with family or friends your options aren’t limited. You can stay local, stay away from the crowds and get in the holiday spirit.
1. Santa's Storefront Holiday Decorating Contest
If you’re looking to shop, starting on December 5th, the Village of East Hampton will be holding their annual Santa’s Storefront Holiday Decorating Contest! The contest encourages businesses to decorate their storefront windows in classic holiday story themes. The Village of East Hampton is a perfect destination to visit, shop, and celebrate the holiday season. While enjoying a nice meal or just walking around the area, be sure to stop by Goldberg’s Famous Bagels for a bottle of recoup!
For more information: https://www.easthamptonchamber.com/santas-storefront-holiday-decorating-contest
2. Taste the reds at Wölffer Estate
Calling all wine connoisseurs! Enjoy the exquisite experience offered at Wölffer Estate winery. While enjoying a nice glass of wine and the scenery, take a moment to just relax and enjoy some time with family or friends. Of all the things to do in the Hamptons, relaxing at Wölffer is one of the most popular choices, so go early to grab a table or book a tour of the property by calling ahead.
For more information: https://www.wolffer.com
3. Gingerbread University
Everyone loves making gingerbread houses during the holiday season, but why not take it up a level this year? Gingerbread University is a unique stop to take your family for a fun and exciting experience. You have the option to choose from a variety of giant cookies or houses to then design and create your own edible masterpiece. If you don’t have time to make your own creation, you can visit their bakeshop and purchase a delicious treat or take-home kit!
For more information visit: https://www.gingerbreaduniversity.com
4. Seal Hike at Montauk Point State Park
Even though this activity isn’t geared specifically towards the holidays, participating in this outdoor activity and unique experience will definitely be worth it. The Seal Hike can be about 2- 3 miles and along the hike you’ll have the opportunity to see seals in their natural environment! The hike is led by a State Park naturalist and usually lasts between 2-3 hours. It’s very easy, very relaxed, and very doable for beginners. However, space is limited and reservations are required. While you’re there, you’ll also be able to see the Montauk lighthouse.
For more information visit: https://www.montaukchamber.com/events_id.html&key=1246
5. Sag Harbor Friday Night Lights
Venture over to Sag Harbor where every Friday night, the village of Sag Harbor will light up with holiday fun, stores will have extended hours, and there will be specialty dining, holiday music, and weekly events. Walking down Main Street is sure to get you into the holiday spirit that you won’t want to miss out on. Be sure to check out https://sagharborchamber.com/events/2126/ for more details pertaining to holiday events.
On your drive out, be sure to stop by the Long Island Welcome Center Taste NY market and pick up a refreshing bottle of recoup before your fun-filled day out in the Hamptons! The Welcome Center is located at 5100 Long Island Expressway, Eastbound between Exits 51 & 52, Dick Hills, NY 11746.