The holidays are taking center stage in South Orange on Saturday, Dec. 13, when everyone is invited to celebrate a “Hometown Holiday.”
Santa will be at the Firehouse on Sloan Street from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., ready for free photos with the little ones. Children who visit Santa will get a candy cane and a free elf hat.
Next, escort the big guy in the Elf Parade, as he rides in a firetruck up South Orange Avenue from the firehouse to the PNC bank building (76 South Orange Ave.), where the town will light the tree at 5:15 p.m.
Festive holiday music will be provided by student singers from Mark Murphy Studio and performances by students from the Maria Priadka School of Dance. Clarity Brass, a brass band, will play holiday tunes. Hot chocolate and cookies will be on hand for kids and adults.
In addition, the South Orange Historical and Preservation Society will have the Red Scarf Singers caroling around the Village Center all afternoon — and merchants will have special holiday deals all day.
Speaking of shopping, after the tree lighting ceremony, Santa will make his final South Orange appearance at NJ350, the town’s new pop-up store, which will be open late for holiday shopping.
Hometown Holiday is made possible by the support the Lichtman-Rabney Team of Keller Williams and is produced by the South Orange Village Center Alliance and the Baird.