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Tree Lighting Showcases Holiday Spirit

Even rain couldn’t put a damper on children’s faces as they marveled at the Mineola tree across from Village Hall on Friday, Dec. 6 during the annual Christmas tree lighting. With the Chaminade High School Jazz Band rocking the community center across the street, residents and kiddies waited with bated breath and excitement for the tree to come alive, along with a visit from old St. Nick.


As the area between the Mineola Fire Department and Piccola Bussola began to fill up, the tree ignited with blue, green and red glory for all attendees to gaze at, while cars buzzing by on Jericho Turnpike now had a beacon in the night to guide them. Inside the community center, the band provided much needed holiday cheer, playing “Jingle Bells,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”


Santa Claus made his way to Village Hall with his friends Rudolph, Frosty The Snowman and Sparky The Dalmatian in tow, all of whom were crowded around by the children as the holiday icons walked into the community center to meet Mineola residents.


While everyone waited for the man in the red suit to arrive, Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano walked around with scalding cups of hot chocolate for all to enjoy, while members of the Mineola Junior Fire Department and other volunteers doled out handmade s’mores. Mineola debuted a new tree this year. The previous one was damaged from Hurricane Sandy.


“The storm may have damaged the other tree, but this one will grow to look just as nice as its predecessor,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “The rain was just liquid sunshine. This is another great night.  It adds to the festivities every year.


There’s nothing better than kids and Santa Claus.”