For many in Maplewood, the Holiday season hasn’t officially begun until Dickens Village throws open its tiny doors — and the town tree is lighted on Ricalton Square. This year, the season begins this Saturday, December 6.
The tree lighting will get special attention this year with some added features. Tree lighting festivities begin at dusk — 4 p.m.
First — and perhaps most importantly given the chilly weather — Maplewood Deli & Grille will be serving hot chocolate.
At 4 p.m., Township Committeeman Jerry Ryan will read Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” At 4:30 p.m., Mayor Vic DeLuca will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and, at 4:45 p.m., the tree will be lit.
John James, President, Village Alliance, will serve as master of ceremonies.
All of this will follow the opening day of Dickens Village with Santa and Mrs. Clause arriving just before 1 p.m. with a special escort from the Maplewood Fire Department. Santa will then be available to hear children’s wish lists from 1 to 4 p.m. The Dickens houses will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. , and Girl Scout Troops #20713, #20385 and #20011 will act as docents.
See the full schedule here: