LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The Christmas tree along Ronkonkoma Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma will sparkle with the holiday spirit, even though the annual community event to celebrate the lighting won’t happen this year.
Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Hyms told OnSachem News the annual “Christmas Celebration” at Raynor Beach County Park cannot be held this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year’s annual community gathering around the Christmas tree included free raffles, hot chocolate and candy canes. The major highlight was Santa’s arrival by firetruck, just as a quick-moving snowstorm blanketed the park with a light coating.
The main attraction — the big tree near the park’s main entrance — will still shine this year as a brightly lit Christmas tree. Hyms said the chamber and SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma will string colorful lights around the tree this Saturday, providing a festive glow throughout the holiday season for park visitors and drivers along Ronkonkoma Avenue. Raynor Beach County Park is at 174 Ronkonkoma Ave.
Other local chambers of commerce are also changing their tree lightings because of COVID-19.
On Tuesday, OnSachem News reported the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce canceled the annual Christmas tree lighting, just days before the event would have taken place this weekend. The tree will be lit this Saturday evening, but without a community event. Holbrook’s Christmas tree is at Friendly Plaza, 1085 Main Street, in front of The Irish Times Pub and across the street from Holbrook Diner.
The Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce will have a greatly scaled-down holiday tree lighting, as OnSachem News reported on Sunday. Residents are welcome to watch as the tree is lit Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4:45 p.m. However, here will not be an event program. Everyone is asked to wear masks and practice social distancing, according to the chamber. The tree is at Triangle Park, 841 Horseblock Road, Farmingville.
A look back at the 2019 Ronkonkoma Christmas Celebration
Santa Claus was in the perfect setting for the annual Christmas Celebration in Lake Ronkonkoma as the rain changed to snow just in time for his arrival.