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Wölffer staffer Patrick dressed as Santa. (Credit: Photos by Conor Harrigan)
Wölffer staffer Patrick Sullivan dressed as Santa. (Credit: Photos by Conor Harrigan)

The vines at Wölffer Estate Vineyard were aglow Saturday evening as Santa turned on 15,000 LED lights for the awe-inspiring “Festival of Lights” display and holiday cocktail.

The festivities included a wreath auction (featuring wreaths designed by local celebrities and artists), passed hors d’oevres, Wölffer wine, mulled wine, hard cider and, of course, the lighting of the vines.

There was also live jazz music and Wölffer winemaker Roman Roth joined the band for a number. Santa (Wölffer staffer Patrick Sullivan dressed as the Big Man) arrived in a red Corvette for the event.

The lighting of the vines started in 2009, though this is the second year Wölffer has hosted a festive fundraiser and cocktail party around the event.

Proceeds of the wreath auction benefited Fighting Chance, which offers free counseling to those suffering from cancer across the East End.

See photos from the event, courtesy of photographer Conor Harrigan, below.

Winemaker Roman Roth joins the band for a song.
Winemaker Roman Roth joins the band for a song.

Roman with band

Santa and Dushy Roth.
Santa and Dushy Roth.
Santa gives his Mrs. Claus a kiss.
Santa gives his Mrs. Claus a kiss.

Santa flipping switch Santa giving candy Amanda Pouring Party inside - wideSanta with grandkids

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