November 30, 2011 | 04:21 PMSaturday, Dec. 3
• Join the St. James Chamber of Commerce at 4 pm for the Christmas tree lighting at the St. James gazebo on Lake Avenue at the Long Island Rail Road station. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served and Santa Claus will make a special appearance.
• The Kings Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting also at 4 pm in Veterans Plaza, on the corner of Main Street and Church Street.
• The Smithtown Recreation Department and the Senior Citizen's Department will co-sponsor the Tender Years Treasury program from 10 am to 1 pm. This holiday shopping spree, for children in grades K through 5, will be held at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Center, 420 Middle Country Road, Smithtown. Featuring handcrafted gifts made by local senior citizens, this unique event will give children the opportunity to shop. While Mom and Dad are enjoying coffee and cookies in a waiting area, recreation staff members will escort children as they make their own purchasing decisions. Free gift-wrapping by the senior citizens ensures that each present remains a surprise. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be visiting. Holiday photos will be taken for $1. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 360-7644.
Sunday, Dec. 4
• The Nesconset Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting at 1 pm, in the Nesconset Plaza, at the corner of Smithtown Boulevard and Gibbs Pond Road.
• The Rotary Club of Smithtown will hold its annual tree lighting at 4:30 pm in front of the Smithtown Library on Main Street. There will be hot chocolate for everyone and candy canes from Santa Claus, who will ride in on a Smithtown Fire Department truck. Continuing festivities will be held at the Brush Barn of the Smithtown Historical Society.
Saturday, Dec. 10
• The Smithtown Fire Department will hold its annual Christmas Parade beginning at 5 pm. The parade, which features all of the department's apparatus decked out in lights and holiday themes, and of course Santa, will have some new features this year. In addition to a prolonged stop at Redwood Lane near Town Hall at 5:15 pm, the parade will make two extra stops for folks to come out and see the trucks and engines up close. The parade will stop in the Meat Farms parking lot on Route 347 and Mount Pleasant Road at about 6:30 pm, and at Smithtown High School West at about 8 pm. Parade viewers should bring nonperishable food to the parade stop locations.