One hallmark of the Christmas season is a myriad varieties of cookies in all shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors - but if you don't have time to bake a batch yourself, local churches, museums, and libraries have your back. There are many cookie walks and festivals being held in the coming weeks where you can purchase delicious sweet homemade cookies while supporting causes in your community. Gingerbread house workshops have also become very popular for both kids and adults alike, and many libraries are hosting these workshops with expert baking coaches to show you how to make the gingerbread and provide advice as you decorate your sweet creation. As is important with any program, be sure to register in advance if necessary, and to show up on time to get the most out of your tasty cookie venture!
Cookie Fest at East Moriches United Methodist Church – FREE!
370 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, NY 11940
Saturday, December 12th 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Hundreds of homemade cookies will be available for purchase by the pound as a great holiday gift, stocking stuffer, or simply as a tasty treat! Boxes, plates, ribbons, and tags will be available.
Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at Children’s Museum of the East End
376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Saturday, December 12th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$20 per member, $30 per non-member
Let your child’s inner designer run wild as they decorate their own (pre-built) gingerbread house with a selection of vivid and vibrant edible goodies. Up to two children can work on one gingerbread house at a time.
Guild Hall of East Hampton Presents Citarella Holiday Family Gingerbread House Decorating
158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
Saturday, December 12th 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
$15 per member, $29 per non-member
Come decorate a gingerbread house under the guidance of pros from the ultimate gourmet market Citarella. Take home some delicious Hamptons real estate with all the yummy edible embellishments included. Fun for all ages!
Holiday Cookie Decorating at Montauk Library – FREE!
871 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Saturday, December 12th and Saturday, December 19th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Make melted snowman cookies, reindeer cookies and a cookie of your own creation at our holiday cookie program! Take home your sweet treats in a holiday box and enjoy! Registration is required as space is limited.
Family Gingerbread House Decorating at East Islip Public Library
381 East Main Street, East Islip, NY 11730
Sunday, December 13th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
$5 per family
Guy Gagliano of the Swan Bakery will be here to lead your family in decorating a gingerbread house using icings and candy to reflect your family's celebration. Registration will be in-person only and there is a non-refundable $5.00 fee to be paid at the time of registration.
Gingerbread House Workshop at Baldwin Public Library – FREE!
2385 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY 11510
Sunday, December 13th 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Kids in kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to register for this gingerbread house workshop. Each family with at least one child present will be given materials to build and decorate a gingerbread house.
2015 Christmas Cookie Walk at St. Patrick Elementary School
Montauk Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Sunday, December 13th 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
$10 per box
Buy a cookie box for $10 and walk through the cookie walk choosing from thousands of homemade cookies to fill your box!
Gingerbread House Workshop at Center Moriches Free Public Library – FREE!
235 Main Street, Center Moriches, NY 11934
Tuesday, December 15th 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Center Moriches Public Library gingerbread workshop is open for children between the ages of 3 and not yet in Kindergarten. Siblings welcome!
Gingerbread House Workshop at Picasso Kidz in Greenlawn
72 Broadway, Greenlawn, NY 11740
Tuesday, December 15th 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Mommy and me)
Tuesday, December 15th 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM (Ages 4-6)
Wednesday, December 16th 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (Ages 7-12)
$35 per family for Mommy and Me, $45 per family standard pricing
Bring your child to make a gingerbread house, with all of the materials and delicious decorations included!
Family Gingerbread Workshop at Babylon Public Library – FREE!
24 South Carll Street, Babylon, NY 11702
Saturday, December 19th 3:00 PM
Kids in 3rd through 5th grade are invited to come with their families to create a family gingerbread house under the guidance of an expert baking coach! Be sure to register in advance.
Gingerbread Houses for Kids at Elwood Public Library – FREE!
1929 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood, NY 11731
Saturday, December 19th 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Children ages 4 and up are welcome to join the baking coach in decorating a gingerbread house for the family. Please register in advance.
Ugly Sweater Cookie Party at Bayport-Blue Point Library
203 Blue Point Avenue, Blue Point, NY 11715
Monday, December 21st, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
$5 per person
Embrace your ugly sweater for Christmas, then join the baking coach in making ugly sweater cookies.