Local Tree Lightings and Santa Visits

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The lights are strung and St. Nick is getting ready to visit Baristaville.

Here are your local tree lightings and Santa Visits:




Montclair Center Tree Lighting
Friday, December 5 at 6 pm
Listen to music by the Montclair Community Band, have a picture taken with Santa Claus, and enjoy an evening of fun winter entertainment.
Corner of Church Street and South Fullerton, Montclair NJ, 07042
Free. Photos with Santa has a fee.

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Santa Comes to Town Saturday, December 6
Santa will visit the Business Districts on a Montclair Fire Department fire truck and will have gifts for all youngsters.

  • 11 am – South End Business District (Orange Rd. & Cedar Ave.)
  • 11:30 am  – Walnut Street Lot
  • 12 pm  – Watchung Plaza
  • 12:30 pm – St. James Church (Bellevue Ave. & Valley Road)


Santa’s Mailbox
Kids can mail a letter to Santa and will receive a personalized letter in return! Letters can be mailed to:

205 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Letters may also be dropped off at the Montclair Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Please remember to include a return address. No letters after Friday, December 12.




Bloomfield Tree Lighting
Monday, December 1 at 6:30 pm
A visit from Santa, caroling from The Bloomfield High School and Middle School Choir, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and of course, the Tree Lighting.
Front of Bloomfield Town Hall, 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, NJ

Children’s Holiday Program, Saturday, December 13

The Children’s Holiday Program will take place at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad St.  The program runs from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and includes refreshments, arts & crafts, face painting and pictures with Santa.  Please bring you own camera for pictures.

House Decorating Contest

All Bloomfield households are invited to share their holiday spirit and creativity. Submit your digital photo and/or entry form via email; mschaffer@bloomfieldtwpnj.com in jpeg form or in person to the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street, by December 12th.  The winner will be announced by December 22nd  and will receive a free family dinner at Angelo’s Restaurant and Pizzeria.

Parent Drop & Shop

Finding it hard to break away to get your holiday shopping done? Can’t find a sitter for a few hours to go to the mall? Let the Bloomfield Recreation Department watch your children at the Bloomfield Civic Center while you fulfill all of your shopping needs!

  • Friday, December 12 from 6 pm- 9:30 pm
  • Friday, December 19 from 6 pm- 9:30pm

This program is offered to all children in grades Kindergarten through Sixth. For a nominal fee of $15.00 per night (includes pizza, soda, games, arts and crafts and much more). Limited space is available, and in-person pre-registration is required during regular business hours.
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West Orange


West Orange Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 5 at 4 pm
A full day’s worth of activities are planned throughout the township: holiday petting zoo, caroling, Kwanzaa booth, musical presentations, Santa’s visit and tree lighting.
Downtown West Orange, NJ


Glen Ridge


Glen Ridge Tree Lighting
Sunday December 7 at 4:30 pm
Annual town tree lighting with caroling and refreshments.
Glen Ridge Municipal Building, 825 Bloomfield Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ




dickens villageMaplewood Dickens Village Events
Saturday, December 6 beginning at 1 pm
Maplewood Dickens Village turns the local business community into a festive holiday village complete with carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, concerts, refreshments, activities, and holiday shopping. Check full schedule here.
Maplewood Village, Ricalton Square and Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ

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