Christmas Tree, Menorah Lightings And Holiday Fun

Lightings_BThis week most communities kick off the season with their Christmas Tree and menorah lighting festivities, in addition to other holiday family-fun events. Here are local calendar listings from some of the Anton communities:

See Santa at Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa through Thursday, Dec. 24. Santa will be available for meet-and-greets and photo opportunities, located at the lower level Macy’s Court at Sunrise Mall.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

The Inn at Great Neck will be hosting its annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. Decorations will fill the hotel lobby and patio, and guests can help themselves to homemade eggnog, hot chocolate, apple cider as well as sweet treats. Santa Claus will make an appearance. All are welcome, so bring along family, friends and coworkers to the Inn at Great Neck, 30 Cutter Mill Rd.

Thursday, Dec. 3

Port Holiday Magic from 5 to 8 p.m. Holiday treats, in-store entertainment, refreshments, discounts, outdoor entertainment, Santa and his elves, carolers, characters, two stages, free trolley and more. Main Street and Port Washington Boulevard from Campus Drive to Main Street in Port Washington.

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Friday, Dec. 4

The Garden City West End will host a traditional tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the south end of New Hyde Park Road. Festivities will include music, dancers and a visit from Santa Claus.

The Floral Park Women’s Club Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Park (Tulip and Plainfield avenues).

Glen Cove Village Square will host the Blessing of the Crèche at 6 p.m.

Manhasset Tree Lighting Friday, December 4 At 4:30 p.m. across from Town Of North Hempstead 200 Plandome Rd. Manhasset.

The Village of Mineola will hold its tree lighting and holiday ceremony at 7 p.m. across from Village Hall at 155 Washington Ave. in Mineola.

The Village of East Williston will hold its holiday tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. at 2 Prospect St. in East Williston.

Brightly coloured party lights illuminating Christmas baubles and decorations in the foreground

Saturday, Dec. 5

St. Peter’s Holly Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also Dec. 6. In the school gym. St. Peter’s of Alcantara, 1321 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington.

The Village of Westbury holds their annual Christmas tree lighting in front of the recreation building at 348 Post Ave. at 4 p.m.

The Village of New Hyde Park will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting and holiday show at 3:30 p.m. in Marcus Christ Hall at 1420 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park.

The Hicksville community will gather for the annual tree lighting ceremony at Kennedy Park. 4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 6

Hanukkah begins at sunset on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Join Garden City village officials as they light a menorah on the village green (corner of Stewart and Hilton avenues) to celebrate the Festival of Lights. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, which begins at 3:30 p.m. The Garden City Volunteer Fire Department will deliver Santa Claus.

The lighting of Glen Cove’s menorah will take place at 6 p.m. at Glen Cove’s Village Square.

The Carle Place Civic Association holds their annual tree lighting at the corner of Westbury Avenue and Cherry Lane. Tree lighting begins at 5 p.m.

Port Washington will host a menorah lighting at 3 p.m. at the Long Island Rail Road Station on Main Street. Check out the visit from Santa Claus from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Dolphin Bookshop and Cafe at 299 Main St. in Port Washington. Bring the kids, their wish list and a camera. Also, The Port Washington Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Blumenfeld Family Park on Main Street.

The Sea Cliff Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at the John Burns Green, in front of the Sea Cliff library. There will be entertainment, refreshments and Santa.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

The Town of Hempstead’s annual lighting of the town’s Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara featuring a visit from Santa and musical entertainment will be held on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at 1 Washington St. in Hempstead. Outdoor event, dress accordingly. New toy donations for the Salvation Army Angel Tree will be collected.

Friday, Dec. 11

Seventh Street in Garden City will be closed from 6 to 10 p.m. for a Christmas Spectacular. There will be fire pits along Seventh Street manned by firefighters, holiday-themed giveaways, hay wagon rides, a fire truck display and more. The band Fivestone will perform Christmas music, a face painter and balloon twister will be on hand for the younger ones and there will be a visit from Santa and his elves. Stores will be open on Seventh Street for holiday shopping.

Saturday, Dec. 12

Oyster Bay will have a “pop up” holiday market in the village center at the town gazebo; local merchants will set up shop under holiday lights and offer wares to assist with holiday shopping on Audrey Avenue, from 3 to 6 p.m. The day’s festivities begin with free carriage rides from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by the tree lighting at 5 p.m., and include music, dancing, hot cocoa, popcorn stringing and Santa.

Sunday, Dec. 13

Holiday Tales at the Hearth on Dec. 13 from noon to 3 p.m. at Hempstead House, 127 Middle Neck Rd. in Sands Point. Carolers, children’s crafts, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, guest readers share favorite stories by the fireplace, seasonal music, theatre organ and refreshments. Bring wish lists and letters for Santa. $10 per car, free with annual pass.


Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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