Greenwood Lake. Thousands celebrate GWL Holiday Festival

| 05 Dec 2021 | 06:59

Thousands of attendees from all around the tri-state area attended Greenwood Lake’s Holiday Festival and tree-lighting ceremony on a brisk, clear December afternoon.

The crowd was entertaine by a brass quintet, strolling Christmas carrollers, dance groups, DJ Dave and dozens of vendors on a crowded Waterstone Road, featuring artisan crafts, homemade treats and a large assortment of beverages.

Event organizer Collen Dwyer was grateful for the large turnout.

“The Greenwood Lake Holiday Festival was a huge success,” Dwyer said. “It was such a great feeling to see so many people out in the Village enjoying themselves and getting into the Christmas spirit. I would like to thank the Village of Greenwood Lake, especially my husband, Mayor Jesse Dwyer, GWL Ground Crew, GWL Police Department and GWL Ambulance Corps, whose presence was a welcoming sign to all festival-goers. Thank you to all of our wonderful vendors, performers and everyone who came out to support them.”

Dwyer added: “A very special thank you goes out to Thais Pilieri, who put in so much time and hard work to help make this event the best one yet. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

Before the lighting ceremony began, the 30-foot tree was blessed by the Rev. Robert Sweeney, an active member of the Greenwood Lake community for more than 27 years, who had retired as pastor from Holy Rosary Church on Windermere Avenue in 2019.

This is part of a plan

The Greenwood Lake Holiday Festival celebration was one of several prominent events that this lakeside community has planned during 2021 and into 2022. Starting with the Fourth of July fireworks display this summer, the weekly concert series on the lake, the Lakeside Farmers Market which began in September, the village leaders encourage visitors to continue to check its website,, for future events, like the upcoming Winter Carnival during Presidents Weekend in February.