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Two of Riverhead’s most festive holiday celebrations will be held tomorrow as one big Christmas event in downtown Riverhead.

This year will mark the first that the Lions Club Santa Parade and Riverhead Town’s annual holiday bonfire and tree-lighting will be held back-to-back.

And despite the snowfall predicted tonight and tomorrow, the holiday festival is still set to take place tomorrow as scheduled, according to event organizers Friday afternoon. Any delays or cancelations due to the weather forecast will be announced tomorrow.

The Santa Parade, which is in its 66th year, will step off at 3 p.m. on Main Street Saturday. In addition to marchers from local volunteer emergency services, veterans groups and non-profit organizations, the parade will also feature Saint Nicholas himself. (See photos from last year’s event).

After the parade, children will visit with Santa and pose for free photos in a gingerbread house on the riverfront. The town’s annual bonfire event will be held on the Peconic River with caroling, holiday music and free hot chocolate following the parade as well.

Organizers of the two events decided it makes sense to hold them on the same day to create a large, family-friendly holiday festival downtown.

For a full list of holiday events this season, check out our 2017 Holiday Guide.

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