The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce is hoping to fill Patchogue’s Main Street with holiday shoppers and nighttime revelers for a wintry version of Alive After Five this December.
The first-ever Alive After Five Winter Wonderland will go from 5 – 9 p.m. on Dec. 20.
[Photo: A winter festival in Dublin, Ireland.]
“It’s taking the Alive After Five brand and spreading it out,” said the chamber’s executive director, David Kennedy. “Alive After Five is more than just an event now; it’s a state of mind in Patchogue, that this community is alive after 5. And besides the bars and restaurants, we do have a great retail base, so the focus is a holiday shopping event.”
The Village Board has already granted permission to close East Main Street from Ocean to Maple avenues from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. That will provide enough time to set up and break down the synthetic ice skating rink the chamber is hoping to secure for the event.
The chamber has created a GoFundMe page for donations to fund the rink, and is also looking to line up reindeer, a carriage, snow-making machines, and possibly an exhibition of ice sculptures.
Unlike Alive After Five, there will be no outdoor vendors or food trucks. Instead, the hope is for shoppers to spill inside the shops and restaurants. “It’s cold anyway, so who wants to stand outside?” Kennedy said. ”
“We’re also hoping to have dining and shopping specials,” he added, “where if you shop at a certain shop you would get a discount at a restaurant and vice versa.”
The theme will be “It’s a Wonderful Life” in Patchogue, with prizes awarded for the best window displays in the village. Santa Clause will also be making an appearance.
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