HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The holiday lights will still shine brightly along Main Street in Holbrook, but the annual community gathering to light the Christmas tree in front of The Irish Times Pub won’t happen this year thanks to COVID-19.
The Holbrook Chamber of Commerce canceled the annual Christmas tree lighting, just days before the event would have taken place this weekend.
“Due to current Covid 19 protocols in effect, our Christmas tree lighting has been cancelled for Saturday 12/5/20,” the Chamber announced Tuesday afternoon.
The annual lighting attracts several hundred residents to Friendly Plaza at 1085 Main Street, across the street from Holbrook Diner.
The live tree between the parking lot and street is adorned with colorful lights every holiday season. Earlier on Tuesday, the tree didn’t yet have lights strung around it. However, chamber officials said the tree will be decorated later this week and lit Saturday evening.
But, unlike every year prior, there will not be a community gathering, which means no lighting countdown, no entertainment, and no caroling. Nevertheless, the lights will be a symbol of holiday cheer.
In nearby Farmingville, the Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce will significantly scale back its annual tree lighting because of COVID-19. The holiday tree will be lit Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4:45 p.m. However, the chamber said there will not be a formal event program this year. Residents are welcome to watch as the tree is lit and everyone attending is asked to wear masks and practice social distancing, according to the chamber. The tree is located at Triangle Park, 841 Horseblock Road.
A look back at the 2019 Holbrook Christmas tree lighting
The Holbrook Chamber of Commerce held the annual Christmas tree lighting Saturday, Dec 7, for the greater community to come together this holiday season.