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Belmar’s Pyanoe Plaza All Aglow for Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival

A live holiday tree decorated with thousands of lights and topped with a replicate of a Belmar beach badge sits in the center of Pyanoe Plaza on Main Street. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Sean Mahoney of Belmar and his 4-year-old son, Justin, are immersed in the glow of lights in Pyanoe Plaza during Belmar's holiday tree lighting, as the waxing moon can be seen in the sky. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Led by music director Thomas Brennan, the Belmar Elementary School chorus performs during Belmar’s annual holiday tree lighting event, as the growing crowd waits for the arrival of Santa Claus. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Four-year-old twins Liam and Nora Dunaj of Belmar have a little fun while waiting to see Santa during Belmar’s holiday tree lighting festivities in Pyanoe Plaza on Main Street. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Santa and his helper listen to one boy tell them what’s on his list for Christmas at Belmar's annual holiday tree lighting in Pyanoe Plaza. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Large glittering ornaments hang from Belmar’s holiday tree in Pyanoe Plaza — a photo made for cell phone wallpaper. Credits: Cathy Goetz

BELMAR, NJ — Pyanoe Plaza glistened under the glow of thousands of tiny white lights for Belmar’s traditional tree lighting last night — a welcoming beacon for the hundreds who gathered for the festivities just as the skies turned dark.

While the Belmar Elementary School chorus sang lighthearted tunes of the season under the canopy of twinkling luminescence, the growing crowd waited for the lighting of the towering holiday tree and the arrival of Santa Claus on December 1.

And once the switch was turned on and Santa took his place on a bench in front of the tree, with a helper at his side, young children patiently standing in line joined him. One by one, they came to tell him what’s on their Christmas lists, as parents snapped photos to capture these precious moments.

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At the same time, older children scurried to the awaiting Belmar Fire Department truck on Main Street and climbed aboard for rides around the neighborhood. With sirens blaring and lights flashing, the truck traveled around several blocks, its guests laughing and waving from the chilly top perch.

However, Santa’s work in Belmar isn't over. The borough’s Department of Public Works will be helping him deliver wrapped holiday gifts to Belmar children on Wednesday, December 13, beginning at 4 p.m.

Parents can drop off their wrapped and clearly labeled toy for Santa to deliver with the child’s name and the delivery address (Belmar addresses only) to the Belmar Public Works Department, 805 13thAvenue, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The last day to drop off a wrapped and labeled toy is Monday, December 11.

For more information, call Michael Campbell, director of public works, at 732-681-0452.


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