Each year the community celebrates the holiday season with an annual Menorah and Christmas Tree lighting ceremony where the resident and business community members gather to experience the beginning of the holiday season. This year was a little different due to COVID-19 restrictions which prevented large group gatherings.
In Bellmore, the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting attendees included a few representatives from the chamber and Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads, Town Councilman Christopher Carini and Town Clerk Kate Murray.
The Merrick Chamber of Commerce holiday lighting included Chamber board members, Nassau County Legislator Tom McKevitt and Town Councilman Chris Carini.
The chamber of commerce in Bellmore and Merrick kept with their tradition and ceremonially lit the Christmas Tree and Menorah bringing a sense of holiday and joy to the community.
The chamber of commerce typically raises funds for holiday events from money raised by hosting their annual street festivals which were cancelled this past year. Both chambers made a tremendous effort to raise enough funds to keep the holiday spirit and put decorative snowflakes throughout main roads as well as lighting the Christmas Tree and Menorah in town. In Bellmore new holiday swags adorn Bedford Village. The chamber purchased the swags in advance, prior to the pandemic and hanging them added to the uplifting holiday charm much needed during these trying times. The local chamber member businesses rely on community members to shop, dine and use their services and in turn, they happily fund the community events that our families remember fondly as reasons why Bellmore and Merrick are the kind of place we like to live, work and play. Visit your local chamber website bellmorechamber.com and merrickchamber.org and shop local!