The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, especially for 6-year-old Isabella Capizzi.
As the Babylon girl sat smiling on Santa Claus’ lap in his white horse-drawn carriage, one would never imagine that Isabella just had brain surgery on Sept. 19.
“I love Santa Claus,” she said.
She met Santa Claus for the first time Friday at the 19th Annual Olde Fashioned Village Christmas celebration in Babylon Village.
“Seeing Santa in person for the first time is the best, she loves it,” said her mother, Colleen.
The event hosted by the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce spanned several blocks along Main Street and Deer Park Avenue. It featured Santa Claus riding in a horse-drawn carriage and making stops to take pictures and hand out candy canes.
Carolers, choral chambers and brass ensembles from West Islip, Babylon High School, James Street Players and St. Joseph Catholic Church sang Christmas songs.
Jon Taylor, president of the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce and owner of Village Art and Frame Gallery, was thrilled to see hundreds enjoying the holiday event.
"I love this event. It's great," he said.
The Olde Fashioned Village Christmas began when the Chamber of Commerce wanted to promote an alternative shopping to the malls and kick off the holiday season.
"This is such a terrific town. Babylon Village has so much to offer here from stores that sell women’s clothing to nautical gifts to jewelry to ice cream parlors to the great restaurants," said Wally Levins, vice president of the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce and owner of Coastal Island Treasures.
West Islip resident Clara Serrano used to bring her kids when they were younger to the Olde Fashioned Village Christmas.
She now attends with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter.
“Babylon Village has a small town feel to it. I lived here for 21 years before I moved to West Islip,” Serrano said. “I love the ambiance and camaraderie of the village.”
Pictured above: Isabella Capizzi, 6, of Babylon sits on Santa Claus' lap during the 19th Annual Olde Fashioned Village event in Babylon Village. (Dec. 2, 2011)