It’s that time of year again where Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, and there’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than with the Town of Hempstead. Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has everyone on the guest list, and he’s checked it twice, for the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, Hanukkah Menorah and Kwanzaa Kinara. The celebration will take place at Town Hall Plaza on December 13that 4 p.m.
The ceremony will feature a special guest from the North Pole; Santa Claus is coming to Hempstead Town! Although his reindeer are busy preparing for their flight, Santa will still be riding in style on an antique fire truck. To help spread some holiday cheer, the Jackson Main Elementary School Chorus and other choruses will be singing holiday favorites.
“The holiday season is a wonderful time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the upcoming one,” said Santino. “It is truly exciting to celebrate the tremendous generosity that is all around us.”
Hempstead Town officials have symbolized the spirit of giving by partnering with CSEA Local 880 and the Salvation Army to sponsor its annual Angel Tree Donation drive in an effort to help economically disadvantaged children during the holidays. Those attending the ceremony will have an opportunity to donate an unwrapped toy to the cause. Hempstead Town’s Department of Highways will be collecting toys through December 12th.
Hempstead Town’s Animal Shelter will be joining in on the festivities along with a few of their furry friends. Volunteers from the shelter will also be on hand to answer any questions about adoption while the playful pups enjoy a meet-and-greet with holiday merrymakers.
“Join us for a fun-filled celebration of holiday festivities,” concluded Santino. “This time of year is about togetherness, and there’s no better community than Hempstead Town to ring in the holiday season.”
In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, the ceremony will be moved indoors, inside the Town Hall Lobby. Hempstead Town Hall is located at One Washington Street in Hempstead Village, between Peninsula Blvd. and Front Street.