Islandia residents turned out for the 8th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 7 at Village Hall. “Joe the Singing Bus Driver” performed under the big tent as he played guitar and sang holiday songs. Residents also enjoyed hot cocoa, cookies and cupcakes while listening to the music.
Two children joined Mayor Allan M. Dorman in the lighting of the tree. After the tree was lit, Santa Claus arrived with the Central Islip and Hauppauge Fire Departments and went inside the tent 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.