18th Briarcliff Holiday Celebration Kicks Off Sunday

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Briarcliff Manor's 18th Annual Bonfire and Sing-Along starts Sunday afternoon in Law Memorial Park. The event includes the annual lighting of the tree and dreidel, pictured prior to last year's event. Photo Credit: The Briarcliff Daily Voice File Photo

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Briarcliff Manor is set to kick off the holiday season this weekend with the 18th annual Community Bonfire and Holiday Sing-Along.

The festivities start Sunday afternoon in Law Memorial Park with carols, children’s craft projects and the annual lighting of the tree and dreidel. The Lubin Singers are set to perform seasonal standards, Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday with the bonfire scheduled for later in the evening. The event, co-sponsored by the Village of Briarcliff and the Briarcliff Friends of the Performing Arts, is an annual celebration of the season and one of the events that makes Briarcliff Manor truly unique, said Village Manager Philip Zegarelli.

“It’s one of the great events in Briarcliff Manor and it really brings the community together,” Zegarelli said. “What makes it great is that so many community groups come together to make it great.”

Georgina Gualdino, vice president of the BFPA and Recreation Department chair, agreed and said it’s one of her favorite events of the year.

“It’s a natural fit that allows all of us from the performing arts and the other various groups to really join together and bring a really great thing to the community,” she said. “It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season. Families in this community really look forward to this every year and it’s great to be a part of it.”

Sunday’s forecast includes the possibility of rain with mild temperatures. Village officials said that, barring a major snow or ice storm, the event will take place as scheduled. Hot chocolate, mulled apple cider and cookies will be served, but families are invited to bring their own desserts to share. Residents are asked to park in designated spaces in the parking lots located around the Atria housing complex, along Van Lu Van Road and at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library, according to a press release from the village. For more information, call the recreation office at 941-6560.

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