November 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM
PATERSON, NJ - The holiday season will kick off in the city on Saturday, Nov. 30 with events sponsored by the Downtown Paterson Special Improvement District, the merchants and businesses of downtown Paterson.
Free pictures with Santa will be available at Santa's Village next to City Hall from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy holiday crafts, face-painting and candy canes.
There will be free "Shop Local" bags distributed to the first 200 adults to check in at 3 p.m. at the Downtown Paterson Christmas tree. A holiday juggler will entertain from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and Victorian carolers will provide songs of the season between 4 and 7 p.m.
Story time with the Elf on a Shelf at Santa's Village will take place from 5 to 6 p.m.
Mayor Jeffery Jones will oversee the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree between 7 and 8 p.m.
There will be an X-Box giveaway for which all kids under 18 who get a free raffle ticket at Santa's Village between 6 and 7:30 p.m. will be eligible. Participants must be present at the time of the raffle drawing to win the X-Box.