BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Basking Ridge Business Alliance (BRBA) is inviting the community to join merchants, the fire department and the middle school choir this Saturday for the 2nd Annual Winter Market & Community Tree Lighting in Basking Ridge.

The event to help kick off the holiday season will include the winter market, with 30 vendors scheduled to display inside Bishop James United Methodist Church, which is co-sponsoring the market and tree lighting, at 22 S. Finley Ave., the tree lighting by the Basking Ridge Fire Company at 5:30 p.m., and singing by the William Annin Middle School Choir.

The Basking Ridge Business Alliance began the new holiday tradition in December 2014.

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The Winter Market, featuring small businesses selling their wares, will begin the day at 2 p.m.

Schedule of Activities:

2 p.m. - Winter Market open:

Browse local shops and dine in restaurants 
Attend holiday drop-in crafts at the Bernards Township Library, starting at noon at 32 S. Maple Ave. in downtown Basking Ridge
Discover unusual treasures at 30 different vendor tables
Purchase a live Christmas tree or decorate a wreath from Bishop Janes Church, where all the money goes to missions that are local and around the world
Performance by the William Annin Middle School Select Choir, directed by Mrs. Teri Weniger 
Enjoy the Children's Shoppe, where children ages 3 to 10 can make holiday crafts and  have them wrapped by members of the Basking Ridge Girl Scout Troops 60570 and 60700

5:30 p.m. - Welcome ceremony and tree lighting:

Santa arrives on a Basking Ridge Fire Company fire engine, escorted by carolers, to light the tree. He will be welcomed by Basking Ridge Business Alliance president Bill Youngblood and Township Committee Mayor John Malay. 

6 p.m. - Photos with Santa:

Children and families can have their picture taken with Santa at Ridge Family Dentistry, 44 S. Finley Ave., in Basking Ridge. Drs. Witt and Kurdian have opened the office to Santa and his elves! Families can bring a camera and wear something special for their holiday picture.

7 p.m. - Winter Market closes:

Shopping wraps up, but local restaurants remain open for dinner or to provide take-out food to bring home.