Islandia residents braved the cold pouring rain to turn out for the 9th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 6 at Village Hall. “Joe the Singing Bus Driver” performed under the big tent as he played guitar and sang holiday songs. Residents stayed dry and warm as they enjoyed hot cocoa, cookies and cupcakes while listening to the music.
Mayor Allan M. Dorman went out to light the tree. After the tree was lit, Santa Claus arrived with the Central Islip Fire Department 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.