SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There are three holiday celebrations this Saturday, Dec. 8, in South Orange and Maplewood. Here's what's going on:

SOUTH ORANGE'S HOMETOWN HOLIDAY

From the South Orange Village website:

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Join us on Saturday, December 8th for Hometown Holiday. Our annual celebration kicks off with Santa at the firehouse taking pictures with the kids! Santa will be there with his elves from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Then, at 5 PM, the trio will lead all our little elves (your kids) in an Elf Parade up South Orange Avenue, where our annual tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:15 PM at the PNC Bank Building (76 South Orange Avenue). There will be live music and a dance performance by Maria Priadka School of Dance, cookies and hot chocolate, and fun will be had by all! Hometown Holiday is graciously sponsored by The Lichtman-Rabney Group at Hearth Reality Group, and is produced by SOVCA along with our good friends from the Baird.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AT THE SAM GAZEBO

From the Springfield Avenue Partnership (SAM) website: 

Gather your family, friends and neighbors and join us at the annual Springfield Avenue Multi-Cultural Holiday Celebration at the Gazebo this December 8th from 3 to 4:30pm, 1688 Springfield Avenue.

Enjoy live music with BRUNO LEE PRESENTS YAHSqaud and the Seth Boyden chorus, storytelling for the kids and a holiday craft in the library, refreshments, photos with Santa and friends. And, just before dark we'll light the menorah and the holiday tree with Mayor De Luca.

We'll be collecting toys for the SOMSD Parenting Center Holiday Toy Drive. CHS students will be onsite to explain the program and gather the gifts.

MAPLEWOOD'S DICKENS VILLAGE

From the Maplewood Village Alliance:

8 a.m. - Breakfast with Santa at Cedar Ridge Cafe

9:30 a.m. - Breakfast with Santa at St. James's Gate and Village Trattoria

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. -  Dickens Village Houses open for viewing

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Visit with Santa

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Horse & Wagon rides

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Jack's Petting Farm

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Holiday reading for children at Words Bookstore.

Throughout the day, strollers caroling through the Village.

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