CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Chamber of Commerce held its annual day of holiday festivities and tree lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 28., at the gazebo in Cranford. The warm temperatures had hundreds of residents participating in the day.

The day was filled with tree decorating by the Cranford Girl Scouts, Daisies and  Brownies, a bounce-house, face-painting, horse-drawn wagon rides, musical entertainment provided by the Celebration Singers and the Cranford High School Madrigal Choir and Brass Band, culminating with the much anticipated arrival of the man in red, Santa Claus. Santa arrived courtesy of the Cranford Fire Department aboard a fire-truck to the squeals of the large number of children in attendance.

 Kurt Petschow Jr., President of the Cranford Chamber of Commerce, took some time to acknowledge those who helped make the day a success, including the scouts who decorated the tree, those who provided a bake sale, the choirs who entertained the crowd and the Jaycees for supplying hot chocolate and for being at every community event. He went on to thank the Cranford Fire and Police Departments, “For always being helpful and having things set-up for the day.” Petschow then extended a “special thank-you,” to TV 35’s Ed Davenport, for televising the community event.  

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Upon his arrival, Santa raced through the crowd giving high-fives to the excited children, then found his way onto the bandstand where he proceeded to light the town’s tree via a mobile app on his phone. Children then had the opportunity to sit with Santa and tell his what they wanted for Christmas and get their picture taken with him.

Executive Director, Dottie Baniewicz, thanked, “Investors Bank, Arnold’s Pest Control, St. Michael’s Church and the Cranford Chamber of Commerce, for sponsoring the event,”

As a reminder, for those letter to Santa, a special mailbox will be inside the Cranford Post Office from Nov.25 to Dec. 18.  Santa letters must have a return address, as Santa replies to each letter received.