NORTHPORT, New York, December 4
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
When there are puppies dressed like Santa Claus and his elves, that’s how you know it’s Christmas – that, and when the Northport Village community comes together for its annual Village Park tree lighting ceremony, which took place on Friday.
Thousands of residents made their way to Main Street to participate in the ceremony, which was hosted by the Northport Chamber of Commerce. Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch and several other holiday icons joined the Northport Fire Department to hand out candy canes, collect Christmas lists and snap some pictures with the boys and girls of Northport.
Mayor George Doll introduced the festivities, and the Boziwick family of Northport promptly flipped the switch that lit up the park’s Christmas tree. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” was blasted through the speakers, handled by DJ Tommy Bruno, and the Northport Chorale provided holiday tunes of its own. Free hot chocolate and cookies were supplied by Shipwreck Diner, Copenhagen Bakery and Northport Feed & Grain.
Speaking of feed and grain, Northport’s Window Shop Jewelers were able to bring out live reindeer for the crowd to admire. Unfortunately, the reindeer had to cut out a bit early – presumably to prepare for their big night on Dec. 25.
Originally published: Long Islander News: 2014 Holiday Guide
(Thursday, December 4, 2014; B12)