By Andrew Wroblewski
The Northport Village community hit the streets Friday night to celebrate the start of the holiday season with the annual Northport Village Park tree lighting ceremony.
Thousands of residents made their way to Main Street to participate in the ceremony, which was hosted by the Northport Chamber of Commerce. Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch and several other holiday icons joined members of the Northport Fire Department to hand out candy canes, collect Christmas lists, and snap pictures of the festivities.
Northport Village Mayor George Doll was emcee for the evening, and the Weber family of Northport promptly flipped the switch that lit up the park’s Christmas tree. The Northport Chorale provided holiday tunes, while free hot chocolate was served by Tim's Shipwreck Diner, Copenhagen Bakery, and Northport Feed & Grain.
Before the ceremony, Window Shop Jewelers brought out live reindeer for the crowd to admire.