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GC Shows Holiday Spirit with Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Glen Cove’s Village Square was the hub of activity Saturday evening as area residents came out to witness the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Complete with carolers, candles and a surprise visit from Santa Claus, the ceremony marked the beginning of the holiday season.

The event began with a Candle Lighting Ceremony, during which Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi had the honor of lighting the first candle. The Downtown Village Carolers performed Christmas songs during the ceremony under the direction of Susan Challender, and audience members actively tried to prevent the wind from blowing out their flames. Despite the chill in the air, all present were kept warm by the glow of the candles and the anticipation of seeing the Christmas tree lights.

Earlier in the afternoon, many people took advantage of the free horse –and-carriage rides offered, and children lined up to sit on Santa’s lap to pose for pictures. The caroling party went from business to business to spread holiday cheer before winding up at Village Square, where they led the crowd in singing such favorites as Silent Night and ending with The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Sponsors of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony included the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District, Capital One Bank, National Grid, Joseph M. Basile Electric Service, Henry’s Confectionary & Luncheonette, Hair Above Salon, Glen Cove High School DECA, and the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department.

Mayor Suozzi and members of city council performed the Tree Lighting Ceremony, thanking the Salentino family for the generous donation of a tree that had been planted to mark the birth of a child years ago. Once the Christmas tree was lit, Santa blazed back into the Square on a fire truck, where he took his place in front of the tree to take more gift orders from the kids.