Downtown Winter Festival & Tree Lighting

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It’s that wonderful time of year again as downtown Glen Cove puts on its holiday spirit. The Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) has decorated with the able assistance of Damion Stavredes and the Glen Cove Beautification Commission. The Glen Cove Department of Public Works and National Grid play starring roles as the downtown prepares for the holidays.

Joseph M. Basile Electric Service is donating its services and labor to light the tree.

The annual tree lighting ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 26th at Glen Cove’s Village Square, at Glen and Bridge Streets.


1:30-3:45 PM: Horse & Carriage Rides- Santa arrives downtown via horse and carriage

The Matt Grabowski Holiday Group will provide holiday jazz at intervals during the day.

2:00-4:15 PM: Pictures with Santa sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union

3:45 PM: Last carriage ride loads

4:30 PM: Invocation led by Rev. Elisabeth Simpson, First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove. Community Candle lighting ceremony, Hon. Mayor Ralph Suozzi presiding.

5:00 PM: Santa arrives by fire truck- The Tree Lighting

Hot chocolate is sponsored by Henry’s Confectionery and Luncheonette

We are accepting leftover Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Give Back, which will be sent to U.S. military members who are deployed in harm’s way.

We would like to thank the Glen Cove High School DECA students for their volunteer hours assisting at the Festival. We also wish to thank Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, and the Glen Cove Auxiliary Police.

For more information please call the Glen Cove Downtown BID at 759-6970, or visit www.glencovedowntown.org.

vinny dinussi November 28, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Why did Patch write up this blurb without once mentioning the word "Christmas", as in Christmas Tree Lighting, Christmas Holiday Season. Since when did Glen Cove succumb to this nasty, politically correct bit of secular nonsense preferring to refer to the season as... Winter Festival. What are we a bunch of pagan Vikings? I resent this description of the Christmas Season that is slowly being shoved down our throats by unwitting dupes and a bunch of folks whose agenda it is to marginalize the Christian faith starting with wiping the word Christmas from our memories. Ask your kids, do they celebrate Christmas in their schools or is it called something that doesn't offend anyone, except us Christians. Time to speak out folks.
Lynda November 28, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Agree Vinny, Sea Cliff has a Christmas Tree lightning ceremony, but Glen Cove gets a Winter Festival. Getting very sick of being "politically correct". It is what it is; a Christmas Tree.
vinny dinussi November 29, 2011 at 02:31 PM
I noticed that the large, beautiful Christmas wreath that used to hang above the exterior door of the library has not been put up for years. The ugly banners that line School St. have a snowflake motif, no mention of Christmas. Who is offended by Christmas?


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