Video: Malverne celebrates the holidays with annual tree lighting

The Malverne tree lighting ceremony was held Dec. 3 (LIR Photo by Joseph Hutter)

Each year, on the first Saturday of December, thousands of Malverne residents gather to witness the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

The town, which is just one square mile, uses this ceremony as a way to kick off the holiday season.

This year, the village honored distinguished artist and 57-year Malverne resident Arthur Raymond by choosing him to light the tree with Mayor Patricia Ann Norris-McDonald.

In addition to the tree lighting, bowling with Santa and a live nativity highlighted the festivities.