ROXBURY, NJ – This year’s version of the annual Home for the Holidays celebration in Roxbury will feature more food trucks and vendors than ever as well as an extended “Santa Land,” said Michele O’Halloran, one of the organizers.

The event, which takes place on Main Street in Succasunna from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 1) is likely to have an increased festivity quotient too. That’s because this year, for the first time, vendors were urged to engage in a booth decorating contest.

The vendor chosen to have the best decorated booth gets a free spot at next year’s Home for the Holidays, according to O’Halloran.

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“The township is very excited about tomorrow’s Home for the Holidays festival,” she said. “We expect a big crowd.  There are so many new vendors and crafters coming.  I can’t wait to hear the sound of the jingle-bells on the beautiful horses from Stockton Village Farm as they trot along behind the churches pulling the Victorian carriage.  It will be a wonderful day for families to spend time together, shop, eat, listen to music and get in the holiday spirit.”

The event is rain or shine and while not much shine is expected, current forecasts call for no showers until mid-afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s.

O’Halloran said the Roxbury High School brass and woodwinds ensembles’ performances were moved this year to inside the First Presbyterian Church “where the acoustics and warmth will highlight their musical talent to the fullest.”

Also expected to perform is the newly formed Roxbury Community Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Bob Williams, she said.

“Just in the past couple days, we had a New York City event planner contact us to donate incredible balloon sculptures she is creating for the event,” said O’Halloran, who serves as executive assistant to Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd. The planner, Natalie Florio, is a Roxbury High School graduate who “wanted to give back to her hometown by donating these awesome snowman balloon designs,” she said.

Just in time for Home for the Holidays, the bricks purchased by donators and placed in front of the Roxbury Public Library were being engraved this week by Pelaggi Monuments of Dover.

According to O’Halloran, there will be eight food trucks, six more than last year. There will be about 20 more vendors too, she said. Santa Land will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking is available at the Franklin School and at Lincoln-Roosevelt School on Meeker Street and at St. Therese Church with two shuttle vans running between the lots and Main Street. Parking for disabled people will be available behind the library with additional spots at 109 Main Street.

To download a Home for the Holidays schedule, click here.

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