The cold, windy weather conditions Saturday morning were no match for Lynbrook kids eager to share their Christmas wish lists with Santa Claus.
Dozens of families lined up in the parking lot on Earle Avenue near the LIRR train station on Nov. 24 to greet Santa as he arrived in the village for the first time this holiday season.
Riding aboard a Lynbrook fire truck, the man in the red suit made a grand entrance. Then, one-by-one he shook hands and spoke with each and every child to find out what gift they were hoping to find under their tree this year and whether or not they had earned it by being a good boy or girl.
William Gaylor, president of the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event, and Denise Rogers, the chamber's executive vice president, handed out candy canes. Lynbrook police and firefighters including Fire Chief Anthony "Zemo" DeCarlo also assisted with the event, making sure it ran smoothly, along with Trustee Michael Hawxhurst and Pat McDermott, of the Recreation Department.
Afterwards, all the children and their families enjoyed a free screening of the popular Disney film "Wreck-it Ralph" at the Lynbrook Theatre 6 courtesy of the Regal Entertainment Group.
The holiday festivities will continue in Lynbrook on Dec. 2 with the Winter Celebration on Atlantic Avenue, which runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (tree lighting at 5:15 p.m.); the Blessing of the Creche on Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m., and on Dec. 8, Breakfast with Santa in the morning and the lighting of the village's Menorah at 7 p.m. that night. The Lynbrook Fire Department will also be bringing out its fire trucks again on Dec. 15 to provide Christmas rides for the kids from noon to 3 p.m.
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