Santa and a tree lighting in Sag Harbor this weekend

SagHarborevent1Visit with Santa inside a restored windmill this Saturday at Sag Harbor’s annual holiday village festivities.

Santa Claus will arrive at the Sag Harbor windmill (at the corner of Wharf Street and Ferry Road) via fire truck at 3 p.m. There he and Mrs. Claus will greet children inside the windmill. Candy canes and cookies donated by The Golden Pear Cafe will be available for the little ones and the Pierson Chorus will sing carols.

“This is a fun event because Santa arrives by fire truck,” said Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Field. “The windmill is a beautiful setting because it’s decorated and Santa will be in there. It’s just fun.”

At 5 p.m. the local girl scout troop will sing carols as a gigantic holiday tree and the holiday lights along Main Street are illuminated.

The chamber has split this year’s celebration into two activities to give more people the opportunity to attend, Field said. It also allows visitors time to stroll and explore the village in between visits with Santa and the tree lighting.

Sag Harbor’s December celebration has been a holiday tradition for at least 30 to 40 years, according to Field. In the last few years the chamber has taken a more active role in coordinating holiday activities with the village and local merchants.

The chamber has also been involved in helping restore the windmill, which had fallen into disrepair a few years ago. Staffed from May through September, many area visitors stop by to see the windmill, but Field hopes this event will allow more residents to see its interior.

“It’s really beautiful on the inside and outside,” she said.

Sag Harbor’s holiday village lights and Santa festivities run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Sag Harbor windmill is located at 4 Ferry Road. For more information visit