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Photos, Video: Santa in the Park at Village Square

Sponsored by the Village of Lindenhurst and the Lindy Chamber of Commerce, hundreds of residents gathered in the heart of the community to celebrate the holiday season.

The and the recently held the annual Santa in the Park Christmas on . Hundreds turned out in Village Square to see Santa, and stayed to see the tree lit on Wellwood Avenue, just south of the railroad tracks, behind the World War I Memorial.

The celebration kicked off at 1 p.m. in the park on the corner of East Hoffman and North Wellwood Avenues where Lindy families and children of all ages gathered to see Santa Claus arrive at the park on an elaborately decorated Lindenhurst Fire Department truck.

Though the weather remained unusually warm throughout the December afternoon, everyone still enjoyed hot chocolate, cotton candy, hot pretzels and other refreshments provided by the , which held its own Christmas Party for the children in the community earlier in the day at the American Legion Hall on Herbert Avenue.

Santa was surrounded by his crew, and was also joined by the Grinch. A line as long as the parking lot adjacent to Village Square itself formed with families who came to see jolly old Saint Nick.

A raffle was also held for an enormous stocking filled with gifts - the proceeds from which was sent to the Burn Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center along with matching funds from the LFD.

"It's a beautiful event the town puts on. It gives you a real small-town feeling, and it's wonderful for the children," said Omar, a Lindenhurst resident who brought his son and wife Verania.

Another resident who attended was Joann Milito, who brought her family and her dog, Missy.

"I really do love Christmas, and it's so nice to see everyone happy and enjoying the holidays," Milito said.

Santa in the Park continued through the afternoon, and was hosted by Chamber President JoAnn Boettcher, as well as other Chamber members.

Then residents began moving down Wellwood to see the Christmas parade by the LFD and the Village tree lighting - the culmination of the annual Lindenhurst celebration that brought everyone in the community together on a sunny afternoon.

Take a peek through the to see video and photo highlights of this year's holiday event in the heart of Lindenhurst Village. And feel free to add your own images to this gallery; simply click the upload button. Also click for a quick visual tutorial if you're still unsure how to do that.

In addition, look for Lindy Lens highlights of the itself, along with those from the Lindenhurst Kiwanis Club .

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