What to know for Islip’s big Santa parade and tree lighting


Santa is making his visits to many communities across Long Island this weekend, including Islip on Dec. 4. 

Islip’s annual Santa parade and tree lighting kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday; marchers begin lining up at 3 p.m. at Town Hall West (401 Main St. in Islip).

Paraders will then head east down to Town Hall at 655 Main St. and end with the tree lighting. 

“We are just happy that we are able to have it under the conditions we are still in,” said Liz Mayott, Islip Chamber of Commerce president. 

Those who attend the holiday celebration can expect to see around 40 vehicles and floats all lit up in festive decorations. 

Various organizations, groups, businesses and more will be participating, including a large number of girl scouts and boy scouts this year, Mayott said. 

During the parade, the road will be closed from Pardee Avenue and Cedar Avenue to S. Bay Avenue by Islip Town Hall. 

The parade is expected to end around 5 p.m. and the road will reopen shortly after, Mayott says. 

“We’re looking forward to it and hoping everyone enjoys it,” Mayott said. “We’re hoping our businesses do well and people will go to shop and dine on our Main Street.” 

Continue to follow for updates on this event. For more information, visit the Islip Chamber of Commerce website.

Top: Santa waving while riding with the Islip Fire Department during the 2018 parade. Photo courtesy of the Islip Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.