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Santa Claus to arrive by helicopter at Holtsville ecology center

Santa Claus (as played by Charles Edward Hall)

Santa Claus (as played by Charles Edward Hall) in 2011. A holiday event at the Town of Brookhaven's ecology center on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, will feature Santa Claus arriving by helicopter. Photo Credit: MSG Entertainment

Forget the sleigh and reindeer. In Brookhaven, Santa Claus rides a chopper.

St. Nicholas is expected to arrive by helicopter Friday when he visits the Town of Brookhaven’s ecology center, at 249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville.

Santa plans to help light a Christmas tree and lead sing-alongs of holiday tunes. The event starts at 5 p.m., and Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:15 p.m.

While waiting for Kriss Kringle, visitors are invited to drink hot chocolate and view a holiday lights display. The event is free.

For information call the Harold H. Malkmes Wildlife Education and Ecology Center at 631-758-9664.

More holiday events around the island

Businesses to boast holiday decorations

If it looks as if Montauk is rushing the holiday season a bit — with trees and lights and other decorations filling the store windows while people are still eating Thanksgiving leftovers — it’s because the judges for the community’s store window contest will be driving around on Dec. 7 and 8 to pick the winning windows.

That is the local Chamber of Commerce’s Star Bright Weekend, an annual event started four years ago to show off the community. It is open to all 300 members of the chamber, and covers businesses in downtown Montauk and in the harbor and dock area. This year, there will be four winning categories: most creative, most whimsical, traditional and the best display that represents Montauk.

There are no cash prizes, but the winners get the honor of being picked by chamber judges and being listed on the chamber’s Facebook page. — MITCHELL FREEDMAN

Blue, white lights a tribute to Hanukkah

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has announced that the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building will be illuminated blue and white for Hanukkah.

“My wife Linda and I wish all those who observe Hanukkah, a holiday filled with happiness and good health,” he said in a statement.

During the eight-day long celebration of the Festival of Lights, it is a wonderful time to reflect on the teachings of the Hanukkah holiday, which calls on us to recognize the miracles in our daily lives.

“On Hanukkah we are especially mindful of and grateful to all the men and women of every faith who serve our nation and who are away from their families this holiday.” — SID CASSESE


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