Islandia residents turned out for the 6th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 3. Children went on hayrides, visited the Christmas cottage and had the opportunity to meet Frosty the Snowman.
Members of the Neri family assisted Mayor Allan M. Dorman in the lighting of the tree. After the ceremony, residents went to the big tent and enjoyed cookies and hot cocoa as “Joe the Singing Bus Driver” played guitar and sang holiday songs. Santa Claus hitched a ride with the Central Islip Fire Department inside their fire truck and came to distribute toys to the good boys and girls, with help from Santa’s elves. Santa also posed for pictures with the children, who also received candy canes, courtesy of Mrs. Claus.