The Irvington Avenue Corridor Advisory Committee (IACAC) will cap off its inaugural year with a new annual tradition: a holiday tree lighting celebration to take place on the evening of Friday, December 12.
“This year has seen an incredible step forward in the realization of Irvington Avenue’s potential,” said Doug Zacker, South Orange resident and Chairperson of the IACAC. “The tree lighting is the culmination of all the work our volunteers have done to beautify the corridor and make it a destination for shoppers, restaurant-goers, Seton Hall University students, and neighborhood residents alike.”
The celebration will take place from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and will be held in and around the pocket park on Irvington and West Fairview Avenues. It will feature kids’ arts and crafts, refreshments, and music, including a performance from Seton Hall University’s a cappella group, The Gentlemen of the Hall.
At around 6:00 p.m., youngsters from the Baird Community Preschool will warm up the crowd for the lighting of the 20-foot tree that borders the park, as well as for the evening’s special guest: Santa Claus, who will also be available for picture-taking.
As part of the occasion, a number of Irvington Avenue restaurants will feature special offers and discounts, including 15 percent off all non-seafood menu items at Inkosi Café, 20 percent off all menu items at Guanaticos, and 15 percent off the check at University Subs and Blue Ocean.
The tree lighting celebration is sponsored by South Orange Village, the Irvington Avenue Corridor Advisory Committee and the Seton Hall Student Government Association.
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