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Christmas Eve Singalong Returns to Downtown Basking Ridge on Thursday Night

Red hats are often in favor at the annual Christmas Eve singalong in downtown Basking Ridge. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Once more on Thursday night, as community members have for some 90 years, residents from Basking Ridge (and from nearby towns) will gather in downtown Basking Ridge for caroling on Christmas Eve.

The tradition also includes the gathering of musicians on the steps of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church at 1 East Oak St. to perform the carols.

Singers are asked to arrive at the town green, near this year's holiday tree, at about 6:30 p.m. Music sheets are handed out.

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The caroling is scheduled to begin at 6:55 p.m., and last until 7:30 p.m., according to the Bernards Township website. Resident Jim Felter is again coordinating the event, which usually draws enough people to fill the downtown.

Participants are welcome to bring hot chocolate, flashlights or, whatever works for the weather that year. This year's weather is expected to reach over 70 degrees during Thursday and cool only into the 50s at night. But there is a 40-50 percent chance it will be raining.

Last year, on December 24, 2014, the band and choir led the crowd of nearby residents in singing "Deck The Halls,"  as well as "The First Noel,"  and other Christmas favorites, such as "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear."

Many church services are scheduled prior to, or following the event. Other residents visit downtown restaurants.

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