BELMAR, NJ — Belmar officially ushered in the holiday season last night with its traditional tree lighting in Pyanoe Plaza.

Despite a light sprinkle of rain, the Belmar Elementary School chorus kicked off the annual event on December 6 with a lively round of Christmas carols, as several hundred people gathered for the night’s festivities to begin.

Once Mayor Mark Walsifer ceremoniously turned on the switch and the tree came aglow in thousands of multicolored lights, the Belmar Fire Department began its parade of vehicles. With sirens blaring and lights flashing, the trucks came through town along Main Street and then lined up around the corner in Belmar Plaza, where children waited their turn to climb aboard for a ride around the block.

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Arriving in one truck was Santa, who took his place in front of the holiday tree, where children had a chance to tell him what they want for Christmas.

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