Holiday Tree Lighting, Winter Market and Santa Draw Crowd to Downtown Basking Ridge

Volunteer Szabi Nagy of Gladstone and Noel Dunn, manager of the Veterans Greenhouse in Lyons, with dozens of poinsettias for sale at the Winter Market. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Some people had a bird's eye view of Saturday's tree lighting in downtown Basking Ridge. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Santa and Mrs. Claus get ready to greet children in a decorated room at Ridge Family Dentistry after arriving via a Basking Ridge Fire Co. firetruck. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
"Crumbs" arrives decked out for Saturday's holiday festivities in Basking Ridge along with Sophie and Matthew McDonnell of Basking Ridge. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
Victoria Maloney and Joann D'Amelio, Bedminster residents (by way of Brooklyn) were selling (and sampling) their Two Sicilian Souls foods. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Bishop Janes United Methodist Church's annual Christmas Tree Sale also brought people to downtown Basking Ridge this weekend. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Among the dancers from Gotta Dance at Saturday's Winter Market were Eve Armstrong, Rose Hinoul and Quinn Cappiello. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Abigayle Hardy and Alexa Papandreou from Gotta Dance dance studio were among the performers at Saturday's Winter Market. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Lori Zrebiec of Basking Ridge, a consultant for Usborne Books & More, brought books for children of all ages to Saturday's Winter Market. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Bishop Janes United Methodist Church in Basking Ridge had a long line of bundled Christmas trees lined up during Saturday's holiday festivities. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
The all-volunteer Basking Ridge Fire Co. was cheered on Saturday after lighting the holiday tree at the town green. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

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.

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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.

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