BERNARDS TWP., NJ - A festive crowd filled downtown Basking Ridge this weekend.
Holiday-makers, Santa-seekers, and shoppers all headed to the center of town on Saturday for the annual lighting of the town's holiday tree, the arrival of Santa on a Basking Ridge Fire Co. truck, and the more recent tradition of the Winter Market shopping venue.
The Winter Market opened on Saturday during the day with 40 unique vendors who were indoors at Bishop Janes Church on South Finley Avenue, while the church also conducted its annual fundraising Christmas tree sales at the entrance to the market.
At 3 p.m. local dancers from "Gotta Dance" dance instruction studio opened a performance in the Bishop Janes sanctuary with selections from the "Nutcracker Suite," followed by selections by "Immortal Dance Force."
The vendors at the market included local businesses, franchisees and organizations such as the Veterans Greenhouse, which operates at the Veterans Administration facility in Lyons, and was selling large containers of poinsettias.
Tree lighting at 6 p.m.
At 6 p.m., the Basking Ridge Fire Co. arrived with a firetruck to officially light the holiday tree in the town green where it had been placed about a week earlier by firefighters.
Santa and Mrs. Claus then arrived on an antique firetruck, greeted the crowd, and headed to a decorated room at Ridge Family Dentistry a little further down South Finley Ave., where children were able to meet some of their favorite adults.