In a joint statement on the 2022 Huntington Village Holiday Spectacular, Town Supervisor Ed Smyth and President of the Huntington Village Business Improvement District Dominic Catoggio announced that the Wall Street display will not take place this season. Instead, a parade and tree-lighting ceremony will be held at Heckscher Park, with “larger and more interactive” plans being determined for future holiday seasons.
Beginning in 2020, the Huntington Village Business Improvement District (BID) and local vendors created a “Village Holiday Spectacular” that included the closure of Wall Street for a block-wide, pedestrian-friendly display of lights and music, with a large tree and menorah, reindeer displays, and a treat station with hot cocoa, cookies and churros.
“Unfortunately, the closure of Wall Street was deemed problematic to some, including local first responders,” the statement reads. “It was the subsequent decision by the BID to reimagine the Holiday event by relocating the festivities to another part of the Village.”
The hope is that the BID will offer an even bigger event that will still include the uplifting atmosphere that quickly became a tradition. However, there is not enough time to coordinate a newly envisioned plan for 2022, according to the joint statement
“In an effort to assist the BID in keeping the tradition alive, the Town of Huntington offered the suggestion to allow the after-parade festivities in Heckscher Park,” the statement reads.
While plans for this season’s light display are different than the last two years, the town is moving forward with the “Holiday Express Parade and Tree Lighting” on November 26, beginning at 5pm. The electric light parade and procession begins at Main Street and Irwin Place, in front of Town Hall, and ends at Heckscher Park, where there will be a tree lighting, live entertainment and a surprise from Santa Claus.
“We are happy and excited to announce that the 2022 Holiday Parade has been reimagined to include live entertainment and our annual tree lighting ceremony in the Town’s famed Heckscher Park,” said Supervisor Ed Smyth. “I encourage residents and visitors alike to shop our local merchants on Small Business Saturday, then join us for the pre-parade entertainment kicking off at 5pm.”