Santa unleashes his magic dust to light the Christmas tree on the riverfront last night. Photo: Peter Blasl

Unusually balmy December weather — yesterday set a record with a high of 66 degrees — prompted some to show up in shorts and t-shirts for Riverhead’s annual holiday bonfire on the Peconic Riverfront last night.

The warm weather didn’t dissuade the bonfire committee though, which built a fire so large it set fire to a nearby grass median, requiring the Riverhead volunteer firefighters to be dispatched to douse the wayward flames.

Riverhead Town Councilman James Wooten was master of ceremonies.

Santa arrived by boat, lit the riverfront tree with a sprinkling of magic dust, then sat in his gingerbread house and visited with more than a hundred excited youngsters.

The holiday festivities were capped off with fireworks sponsored by the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Peter Blasl

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