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L.I. Weekend: Tree Lighting Ceremonies Illuminate the Holidays

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“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches!”

Bright green trees certainly do provide festive cheer, and inspiration for “O Christmas Tree,” originally released by Ernst Anschütz in 1824. As we enter the December, there’s magic in the air, and communities across Long Island are ready to celebrate the holiday season with tree lighting ceremonies. Many of these free ceremonies are great for kids, as they serve up cups of hot chocolate or offer meet-and-greet sessions with Santa Claus.

Check out our round-up of tree lighting ceremonies, all slated for this weekend.

Please note: Mask-wearing requirements may vary based on location and operators. Please check in with your local organizers regarding mask requirements. 


Westbury Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec. 4
START TIME: 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Village Recreation Center, 348 Post Ave.
ORGANIZED BY: The Village of Westbury

Greenlawn Christmas Tree Lighting
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 4
WHERE: Harborfields Library, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn
ORGANIZED BY: Greenlawn Civic Association
MORE INFORMATION: Hot cocoa, cookies, musical performances and a Christmas carol sing-along are all part of this Greenlawn tree lighting ceremony. Not to mention, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance on the Greenlawn Fire Department firetruck. The Civic Association will also be collecting food and gift cards to support those less fortunate in the community. Don’t forget to mail your letters to Santa Claus at this event! The tree lighting begins at 3:30 p.m. 

Annual Massapequa Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 4
START TIME: 6 p.m.
WHERE: Klestinec Park on Broadway (near Pequa Park Florist)
ORGANIZED BY: Massapequa Chamber of Commerce
MORE INFORMATION: Music and local entertainment, hot chocolate courtesy of Broadway Gourmet and visits from princesses and Santa Claus will be at this event. A rain date is set for Saturday, Dec. 11. 

Blessing of the Crèche and Christmas Tree Lighting
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 4
WHERE: St. Boniface Martyr Parish, Sea Cliff
START TIME: Following 5 p.m. mass

ORGANIZED BY: St. Boniface Martyr Parish
 Join the parish community as they celebrate the Advent season with a tree lighting and blessing of the Creche, scene of Jesus Christ’s birth.


Port Jeff Station Christmas Tree Lighting
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 4
WHERE:  Port Jefferson Terryville Chamber Train Car, at the intersection of Routes 112 and 347.
START TIME: 5 p.m.
ORGANIZED BY: Port Jefferson Station Terryville Chamber of Commerce
MORE INFORMATION: Light refreshments will be served at this event, and children will have the chance to take photos with Santa. 

Stony Brook Village 42nd Annual Holiday Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 5
WHERE: Stony Brook Village Center
ORGANIZED BY: Ward Melville Heritage Organization 
MORE INFORMATION: This ceremony will include a puppet procession, holiday train display at Wiggs Opticians, Christmas carolers and live music performances. The tree lighting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Sag Harbor: Light Up the Harbor
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 5
WHERE: Annie Cooper Boys House, 174 Main Street, Sag Harbor
START TIME: 4:30 p.m.
ORGANIZED BY: Sag Harbor Historical Society
MORE INFORMATION: The Sag Harbor Historical Society’s candle-lit walk leads to Long Wharf for the annual Tree and Windmill Light-up tradition. Participants will gather at the Annie Cooper Boys House (174 Main Street) at 5 p.m. The short walk down Main Street leads to Long Wharf for caroling and countdown to the holiday light-up at 5:30 pm.

Islip Town Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
WHEN: Saturday. Dec. 4
WHERE: Islip Town Hall, 655 Main St., Islip
START TIME: 4:30 p.m.
ORGANIZED BY: Islip Town officials
MORE INFORMATION: Festivities include a visit from Santa, a light parade and Christmas tree lighting on the front lawn of Town Hall. Parade begins at Ocean Avenue and ends at Town Hall.