The Smithtown Chamber of Commerce kicked off the holiday season when it hosted the town’s first Ice Skating Rink on Main Street event Saturday, Dec. 4.
From 2 to 7 p.m., families skated on a temporary 24-by-60-feet rink in The Village of the Branch parking lot. The Smithtown Fire Department escorted Santa Claus to the event, and the day also included food vendors, music by DJ Paul and more.
According to a press release from the chamber, the goal of the ice skating event was “to bring our residents and families back to Main Street and enjoy all that Smithtown offers.” The hope was that families would take advantage of the day out, and eat or shop locally after skating.
Smithtown’s Ice Skating Rink program was partially funded by grants from Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and county legislators, Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset) and Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), with sponsorships from Ed Wehrheim (R), town supervisor, and several local businesses, according to the chamber.