BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Basking Ridge Fire Co. put this year's downtown holiday tree up on Saturday, Nov. 30, on the green on South Finley Avenue.

The all-volunteer fire company, which each year locates a tree and places it in the center of town after Thanksgiving, had a very hard time finding a tree this year, according to the fire company's holiday chairman and ex-chief Todd D Middleton.

The tree eventually chosen came from a Bernards Township-owned piece of property near Knollcroft Road, Middleton said.

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"It is a spruce - a little smaller this year but a very nice tree," Middleton said in an email..

The fire company was going to hold a fill-the-boot fundraiser for the Basking Ridge Fire Co, and First Aid Squad in the center of town while the tree was being put up Middleton said.

The fire company has traditionally put up the tree and installed the tree lights the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Middleton said. The lights are turned on that night, but are turned off again the night before the township's official tree lighting, he said.

The official tree lighting is set for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the 6th Annual Winter Market & 
Christmas Tree Lighting.
The event is organized by the Basking Ridge Business Alliance. The event is held in conjunction with Homespun Holidays, sponsored by the United Methodist Women at Bishop Janes United Methodist Church in downtown Basking Ridge, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7.