ELIZABETH, NJ - The award-winning Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) has announced a great lineup for its annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, from 5-7 pm followed by three weeks of free holiday events each Saturday in December before Christmas.

All events will be held at Union Square Plaza on Elizabeth Avenue starting with the festive tree lighting which always signifies the start of the holiday season in Elizabeth.

The event will begin with free horse-drawn wagon rides around Elizabeth starting from Union Square before the carriage will travel to City Hall to pick up the Mayor and Santa Claus. A local choir will carol their way down Elizabeth Avenue to the Square where vendors will set up, and free hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

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Holiday music will be played before the ceremonial lighting of the tree. The Jefferson Arts Academy Choir will perform along with the Terrence C. Reilly Middle School Dance Troupe, while DJ Rob will play holiday favorites and Santa will be available for photos.

A special treat will be provided by newcomer, 3 Southern Belles Cafe who will offer free ginger bread cookies and cinnamon sticky buns, hot apple cider, and coffee.

The following three Saturdays will provide free events including, Pony Rides on Saturday, December 7, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides on Saturday, December 14, and a Live Petting Zoo on Saturday, December 21. All events are free and from 12-3 pm at Union Square and will have holiday music, free refreshments, hot chocolate and the opportunity to take photos with Santa Claus.

The events are brought are by the EAP and sponsored in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders who will provide the Stage. The EAP was recently named the Best Downtown in the State of New Jersey by Downtown New Jersey Inc. for their downtown beautification and art initiatives, winning the annual Excellence Award for Placemaking working with local schools to present holiday and seasonal art decorations and traffic box murals on Elizabeth Avenue.

For more information on these events contact the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership at 908-965-0660 or follow on Facebook at Elizabeth Avenue-The Market or on their website at www.elizabethavenue.org.

The Tree Lighting Rain date will be Tuesday, December 10, from 5-7 pm. 

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