Long Islanders embrace holiday spirit at festival

Holiday Festival in Stony Brook

Not quite in the holiday spirit? If you took a trip to the Stony Brook Village’s 33rd annual Holiday Festival this past Sunday, odds are you took out your lights and turned up the holiday tunes once you returned home. The festival was not only an anticipated event amongst Stony Brook citizens, but attracted thousands from all over Long Island.

(Credit Jonathan Kudzmas for cinematography, Amber Qalagari Ugi reporting)

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization hosted the event which included a holiday tree competition, petting zoo, model train display, and an outdoor Christmas play –  a fun filled event for the entire family.

One event especially popular for the children at the festival was the visit by Santa Claus. All were welcome to sit on Santa’s lap, ask for their Christmas wish, and take a picture with “Jolly Old St.Nick.” Santa then made an appearance on his traditional sleigh that had over 3,000 lights attached to it, courtesy of the Stony Brook Fire Department. Whether the food, the music, and the lights put locals in the Christmas spirit, all eyes were on the tree lighting at Village Square.

If you weren’t able to make it out this year, mark your calendars for next year – it might just turn into a family tradition.