Downtown Sayville once again is set to transform into a winter wonderland.
This year marks the town’s 15th annual Miracle on Main Street event, presented by the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce.
On Saturday, Nov. 27, Sayville residents and beyond can enjoy a plethora of holiday-themed activities, all while supporting the local businesses on Main Street. The pandemic last year forced the community to scale back the festive event, calling it “Mini-Miracle on Main.” But this year, it’s back at full strength!
“It is my favorite event,” chamber President Eileen Tyznar said. “It’s a 100 percent giveback to the community and the business owners — it’s so full of community all day long, and then when we close it at night, it’s just so nice to see the town bustling.”
Here is the full schedule of events and what to expect for the day:
- 10-11 a.m. — Parade
- The festive day starts with the holiday parade in the morning and barricades will go up between 8 to 9:30 a.m.
- Paraders start lining up at the old Prince of Peace Regional School parking lot.
- The parade begins at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church and ends at the Sayville Fire Department.
- Roads will be open following the parade.
- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Winter Wonderland/Shop Business Saturday
- This portion of the event is located in the Cornucopia parking lot on Main Street.
- Festival-goers can expect trolley rides, ice skating, a craft tent, sand art, amusement ride and more.
- This year’s amusements include a carousel-type ride.
- Tyznar says the chamber faced some challenges with COVID-19 restrictions, but another attraction she is trying to get for the festival is a ‘Polar Bear Plunge Arctic Slide,’ which would be new.
- It’s also Shop Small Saturday and attendees are encouraged to shop around at local businesses.
- Parking behind the stores and on the street will be open during this timeframe.
- Main Street, part of Gillette Avenue, Candee Avenue, and Railroad Avenue up to Center Street will be closed after 3 p.m. to set up for the next event.
- 5-9 p.m. — Miracle on Main Street
- The holiday fun continues along Main Street.
- Roads will be closed from Green Avenue to Lincoln Avenue.
- Live music on every corner.
- Inflatable gingerbread bounce house.
- Live reindeer, Santa Claus, ice sculptures, live music and dance performances, Charles Dickens characters, movies on Main and more are planned for the evening.
- One of the main activities is the Gingerbread House Competition, where those who enter create their own one-of-a-kind gingerbread house design.
- Register an entry through the volunteers stationed in front of Sayville N’ Spice on 2 Main St. from 3-6 p.m.
- Judging starts at 6 p.m., and winners are announced at 7:30 p.m. Each participant gets a participation award.
- All entries will be on display until 9 p.m.
- 6:30 p.m. — Tree Lighting at Sparrow Park
- Tyznar said retired Town of Islip employee Mike Aversano generously donated a tree for the occasion.
- She credits Rick Kloppenborg and other members of the Town of Islip Parks Department for putting up the tree (full list of names here).
- Chamber member Chris Olsen and Tyznar trimmed the tree to get it ready for the big day.
- 7/7:30 p.m. — Unveiling of the new Sayville Clock
- Following the tree lighting at Sparrow Park, Tyznar said attendees will walk over to the clock for a special filming of “Tick Tock, Here’s the Sayville Clock.”
- Read our full story on the new timepiece here.
Parking is available in all Town of Islip lots behind the stores on both sides of Main Street and by the Prince of Peace Regional School parking lot. Attendees can also park in the Stop & Shop lot and walk down to Main Street.
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Last year’s ‘Miracle’ Event
Check out our coverage of last year’s ‘Miracle’ holiday festival in downtown Sayville.