The biggest structure lighting on Long Island will take place at Montauk Point on Sunday, Dec. 1, when the Montauk Lighthouse is lit up for the holiday season. The event starts at 11 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. Santa will be there, admission to the museum is free, and pony rides will be available for young children.
In other East End holiday events:
-- Santa will be joining the Springs Public School Marching Band and the East Hampton High School Jazz Band for a parade down Main Street and then up Newtown Lane in East Hampton on Dec. 7, starting at 10 a.m.
Local school groups, the fire department and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are also in the parade, and Santa comes in every year on a sleigh, traditionally pulled by members of the local Kiwanis Club dressed as reindeer. After the parade, Santa is expected to greet children at the Huntting Inn.
-- Hundreds of people are expected to gather outside the Maidstone in East Hampton village from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 to watch the annual holiday tree lighting. A children’s choir will provide holiday music, and there will also be cookie decorating and a toy drive.