December 7, 2013 at 7:52 AM
MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Holiday spirit will abound in downtown Maplewood on Saturday, December 7, as Santa comes to town, the Dickens Village opens, merchants offers deals for the Holly Walk and the annual tree lighting program brings it all to a festive close.
“Maplewood Dickens Village is a festive gift from the business community to the local residents and visitors,” wrote Julie Doran of the Maplewood Village Alliance. “Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, concerts, refreshments, children’s activities, special shopping nights – all help our town to be one of the best places to live in New Jersey.” This community tradition runs every weekend until Christmas.
The Holly Walk is a newer tradition, as downtown merchants will offer discounts, gifts, holiday refreshments and decorations. More than 20 merchants will be participating. Follow the red & green balloons throughout town.
Schedule of events:
1 p.m. Santa arrives, escorted by the Maplewood Fire Department
1 – 4 p.m. Dickens Village Houses open for viewing.
1 – 3 p.m. Visit with Santa.
3 – 4 p.m. Story Hour Readings led by the Department of Public Works.
4 – 5 p.m. Tree Lighting Program, featuring readings by Committeeman Marlon Brownlee, Mayor Vic DeLuca, and entertainment by The Collectives with vocals by Lara Phillips.