MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department held its annual tree lighting at its fire station on Luccaro Lane Friday, Dec. 2. Beth Bonanno and Ann Link were responsible for setting up the indoor activities, including the refreshments and tables where kids could decorate Christmas cookies and write letters to Santa. A special mailbox was provided so they could mail their wishes to the North Pole.

After Santa arrived on a fire truck, the tree and outdoor decorations were lighted, which created a festive and enchanting atmosphere. Every year, the tree and decorations are set up by Stan Zalesny and his helpers. Zalesny has been doing the outdoor display and tree lights for many years and all the outdoor displays were donated by him. 

“This is a nice community event,” said Mahopac Falls Fire Department President Hans Schweizer. “We had a fantastic turnout. The tree has become something of a community icon. People often stop by to take pictures of it.”

After visiting with all the children, and posing for pictures along with Mrs. Claus, Santa and his helpers jumped aboard the “magic fire truck” to head back to the North Pole where they will begin preparing for his big night!