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Village of Westbury Hosts Holiday Festivities

Tree lighting, music and Santa highlight annual event

The Village of Westbury, in association with the Village Recreation Department and the Westbury/Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, held its annual holiday festivities celebration Dec. 3 at the recreation center.

Residents came out in droves for the annual community event, which featured musical performances from the American Concert Band as well as orchestra, band and chorus selections from several of the Westbury Public Schools. 

Village officials presented awards to the winners of the Annual Drawing Contest and wished everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. Community members enjoyed complimentary donuts and hot chocolate before going outside to wait for Santa’s arrival by fire engine and join in the countdown to lighting the tree.

Village Clerk Ted Blach and Deputy Mayor Joan Boes compiled a list of “tree trivia” comparing the annual tree lighting at Rockefeller Center with Westbury Village’s annual tree lighting.  

Compared to Rockefeller Center’s 74-foot-tall Norway spruce, which has five miles of 30,000 total lights, Westbury’s Western spruce is just 37 feet tall with a three-quarter-mile of 8,000 lights. But while the Rockefeller Center tree is cut and removed at season’s end, Westbury’s tree has been planted for 20 years, and is expected to be a holiday highlight in the village for many more seasons to come.