For the next week, the biggest structure on the East End will have a work crew from Huntington going up and down, stringing holiday lights that will be turned on during a big community party on Thanksgiving Weekend.
“It's 110 feet 6 inches tall. Its unique,” said Tricia Woods, the site manager of the Montauk Lighthouse.
There has been a community lighting of the lighthouse every year since 2008, and about 3,000 white lights will be hung by Looks Great Services, which specializes in lighting large structures. The cost is being paid by the Montauk Historical Society and the Lighthouse Museum Committee as a gift.
Woods said between 2,500 and 3,000 people show up for the lighting ceremony, which will be Nov. 30 between 4:30 and 7 p.m., or rescheduled to Dec. 7 if the weather is bad.
Admission and parking for the event is free, although the museum will be closed during the event.
The lights will be turned on by George Biondo, a Montauk attorney who has long been active in community affairs, and will stay on until Jan. 1
The Lighthouse Committee plans to hold another free community event on Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a Christmas at the Lighthouse program with pony rides, face painting for children, hot chocolate and cookies and a visit from Santa.