The holidays are in full swing anywhere you go in Patchogue and Medford this weekend, with plenty of opportunities to be merry.
First on Saturday, New Village at Patchogue will be holding their second “Tree Lighting Ceremony” from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place on the community’s property, which is most accessible from their Lake Street side near the Jennings Avenue intersection. The event will feature Santa Claus, caroling, a cupcake station and hot chocolate, according to the community’s Facebook event page. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
This Sunday, the Medford Christmas Parade will march up Route 112 from Tremont Elementary School, 143 Tremont Avenue, at 4 p.m. and will head up to Medford Memorial Park at the intersection of Route 112 and Peconic Avenue.
As previously reported, the parade will immediately be followed by a tree lighting in the park, and the Medford Fire Department will serve hot chocolate and cookies. The parade is organized by the Medford Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the Medford Fire Department.
Meanwhile at 5 p.m., the Patchogue Menorah Lighting will also take place on Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Capital One Plaza on Main Street nearby Patchogue-Medford Library. Rabbi Joel Levinson will preside over the lighting, reports Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s website.
If you can’t make any of these events, you can also get into the giving spirit by helping Patchogue-Medford Library’s ongoing Mitten Trees collection. The library is accepting winter hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and socks to be put on the tree through Dec. 15, which is located near the Reference desk. All items collected will be distributed locally to those in need.