A Holly Jolly Good Time – Annual Holiday Celebration and Toy Drive at Hempstead Town

It’s the holiday season and there’s no better way to kick it off than with Hempstead Town. Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has everyone on the holiday 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 Wednesday, December 6th at 4 p.m.

The ceremony will feature a special guest from the North Pole as Santa Claus is coming to Hempstead Town! Although his reindeer are busy preparing for their flight, Santa will still be riding in style atop an antique fire truck.  To help spread some holiday cheer, the Jackson Main Elementary School Chorus will be singing holiday favorites alongside Oneg Shemesh and Peter Rapanaro.

“During the holiday season, we reflect on the good times of the past year as we look forward to the year ahead,” 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 13th.

Hempstead Town’s Animal Shelter will be “Home for the Holidays” 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 merry festivities and glad tidings,” concluded Santino. “This time of year is about togetherness, so come on down and celebrate with the Hempstead Town family.”

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.