CRANFORD, NJ – Santa, sleigh rides, singing and more will take place in downtown Cranford on Friday, Nov. 24, as the Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce presents a day of festivities leading up to the holiday tree lighting.

Starting at 11 a.m., the Cranford Girl Scouts Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will decorate the tree in Mayor’s Park on the corner of Springfield Avenue and North Union Avenue.

At 1 p.m., horse-drawn wagon rides, sponsored by St. Michael Church, will begin at parking lot No. 7 on Miln Street. During that time, there will also be face painting and balloon making, sponsored by New Jersey Family Medical, and a moon walk sponsored by Arnold’s Pest Control. Hot chocolate will be provided by the Cranford Jaycees.

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Later on, music from Cranford High School will begin. The Celebration Singers will take the stage by the holiday tree at 4 p.m. They’ll be followed by the High School Madrigals and the Brass Ensemble at 5 p.m.

Santa will arrive at 6 p.m., escorted by the Cranford Fire Department, to light the tree at 6 p.m.

At that time, the Cranford Chamber of Commerce will take photos of kids with Santa for $3 each. Every child will receive a candy cane and every family will receive a “Small Business Saturday” canvas bag filled with information and coupons from local businesses in Cranford.

From Nov. 24 until Dec. 18, a mailbox to Santa will be placed inside the Cranford Post Office.  Santa letters must have a return address so every child can get a reply.

“The Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present these many exciting events and would like to thank our sponsors and local businesses for their valued support,” Dottie Baniewicz, executive director, wrote in a press release from the Chamber. “The Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce wishes everyone a very happy holiday”.