MAPLEWOOD,  NJ -- TAPintoTV's Stephanie Willoughby visited Maplewood's Dickens Village in 2019, and the community tradition of re-creating the village from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" continues in Ricalton Square this year featuring special pandemic-related safety measures.

Dickens Village will be open to the public from 1pm - 3pm on December 5th, 12th and 19th, and the village displays have been modified specifically based on COVID-19 restrictions.  Masks and social distancing rules will be observed and monitored at all times to maintain a safe environment for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves and all visitors. Santa will be available for socially-distanced visits and pictures, and a special "Letters to Santa" mailbox will be available for kids and adults to drop off their wish lists.

Dickens Village houses and displays will be decorated, and Mayor Frank McGehee will light the Holiday Tree at 4:30pm on December 5th. The tree-lighting will be a drive-by event at Ricalton Square, and attendees are encouraged to ride-by or park in the parking lot. All tree-lighting attendees are asked to remain in their cars for the duration of the event. Also, Dickens Village will host the community menorah lighting on Tuesday, December 15th at 6:15pm. The menorah lighting will also be modified due to COVID-19 restrictions. Masks and social distancing will be observed and monitored at all times.

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Additional information about the Dickens Village events can be found here:
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/soma/sections/community/articles/how-to-watch-both-of-soma-s-tree-lightings-this-saturday

TAPintoTV's coverage of Maplewood's 2019 Dickens Village can be found here:
https://www.tapinto.net/sections/tapintotv/articles/homegrown-discovers-the-magic-of-the-holiday-season-at-the-maplewood-dickens-village