LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como celebrated the start of the holiday season last night as it has for the past 14 years — lighting the evergreen tree in front of borough hall.

And just like the tree that now towers over the building at 1740 Main Street, it’s a tradition that continues to grow each year.

More than 100 people gathered outside for the tree lighting on December 7, where they accompanied Grace Allison of Lake Como in the singing of “Silent Night” and briefly awaited the arrival of Santa Claus. And just as he has in the past, he emerged from the darkness to delight of the children, and ushered everyone into the building for the rest of the festive event.

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Santa took his place in the front of the council chambers, posing for photos and listening to hear what each youngster has on his or her Christmas lists — and leaving his side with a special gift.

While the children also enjoyed making ornaments for their own trees, the event gave neighbors and friends the opportunity to get together for a cup of coffee, cookies and conversation.

Organized by Councilwoman Hawley Scull, the event was hosted by Mayor Kevin Higgins, Council President Doug Witte and council members Chris D’Antuono and Nick DeMauro. And once again, Tom and Fran Wilton of Belmar volunteered as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. They are parents of former Lake Como Mayor Brian Wilton.

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