FANWOOD, NJ - Fanwood's annual holiday celebration takes place Sunday, Dec. 8 beginning at 3 p.m. on the lawn at the historic train station on North Avenue.
There will be the arrival of Santa, holiday snacks, hot chocolate, seasonal music, holiday crafts and refreshments—all for free. The celebration concludes at 5 p.m., when Mayor Colleen Mahr lights the Fanwood tree on North Avenue.
There are still plenty of ornaments on the Giving Tree outside Borough Hall for residents to purchase a toy for a needy child. The Fanwood Police Department is coordinating the holiday gift donation program for Parents as Teachers, a visitation program that services 60 families in Union County.
Take an ornament and return the specified unwrapped gift (with the tag attached) by Friday, Dec. 13 to either the Fanwood Police Department or Borough Hall. Also, inside the borough offices, there are red envelopes available for residents to make gift card donations to families who can use a little help during the holiday season.
Nick’s Pizza and Deli is also doing a giving tree and holiday event for a women’s shelter. “BeCraftful is providing handmade ornaments for the Giving Tree, Mara’s is providing free cupcakes and the Hallmark Store is providing bags of candy,” said Paul Watterson, owner of Nick's Pizza and Deli.
Members of the community who want to help can come in to Nick’s and take an ornament from the Giving Tree, which will have a description of a child and what their wish is for Christmas. “Just bring the toy mentioned back to us, unwrapped, and we will take care of the wrapping,” said Watterson.
While toys are uppermost in the minds of children, clothing and shoes are also a great need, so the Watterson’s are asking for donations of gift cards from major department stores as well.
“However, as the event for the shelter is on December 10, we need all donations by Sunday, December 8,” Watterson said.