Riverhead’s annual holiday parade and bonfire were held Saturday, drawing hundreds to downtown Riverhead to celebrate the season. The parade followed its usual route from down Main Street and eventually ending on the Peconic River, where the large bonfire lit up the sky. A tree lighting and visits with Santa rounded out the evening. READ
Riverhead’s holiday parade and bonfire were held Sunday, a day late due to Saturday’s snowstorm, but it still drew several hundred to downtown Riverhead. READ
Each winter both the Riverhead Business Improvement District and the Lions Club host holiday events that bring hundreds of visitors to downtown Riverhead. This year, in an effort to make both events even bigger, the groups have scheduled them to coincide on Saturday, Dec. 9.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Gary Joyce of Aquebogue tosses logs on the fire.
The 12th annual Riverhead Town BID sponsored bonfire and caroling began at 4 pm on the Peconic riverfront Saturday afternoon. The holiday songs were spun by Phil Schmitt ‘Make Some Noise DJ’. Free hot chocolate with whipped cream was served by BID volunteers. A platter of cookies put out disappeared in minutes. Santa arrived by a decorated and lighted boat on the Peconic River captained by John O’Connor and Duane Lewin of Aquebogue just after 5 p.m. . Santa used his ‘magic dust’ to light the Christmas tree and then posed for photos and listened to children’s wishes in the newly created Gingerbread House by artist Matt Targon of Calverton.
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