Community Announcements

Tree-Lighting Ceremony to Kick-Off Holiday Festivities -Santa Comes to Elizabeth

Mayor Chris Bollwage and Santa Claus aboard a horse-drawn wagon with members of the Girl Scout Choir en route to the EAP’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony last year. Credits: Courtesy of the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership

ELIZABETH, N.J.--It’s that time of the year, twinkling lights, festive decorations and a chance to visit with the most important guy in a red suit you’ll ever meet.

The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) has announced the lineup of holiday events on Elizabeth Avenue this season starting with the Official Tree-Lighting Ceremony at Union Square Plaza on Tuesday, November 28 from 5-7 p.m.

“Elizabeth Avenue comes alive during the holiday season and we are truly happy to bring this event to the community each year,” David Strochak, EAP Executive Director said.

Sign Up for E-News

Kicking off the holiday shopping season on Elizabeth Avenue is the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony. The next three Saturday’s offer free children’s entertainment featuring pony rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday music, refreshments, petting zoo, and visits from Santa Claus.

The official schedule of events:

December 2, from 12-3p.m.  Visitors can take free horse-drawn wagon rides around the neighborhood.
Free pony rides around Union Square Plaza will be offered on December 9, from 12-3 p.m. and on December 16, from 12-3 p.m. a live petting zoo featuring llamas, ponies, rabbits, goats, sheep, and ducks. Santa will be available at all the events for photos. “We urge parents to bring their cameras to take a photo with Santa,” Strochak said.

Sporting a horse-drawn wagon, Santa Claus will arrive at the tree-lighting ceremony and free rides will be available to children before and after the official lighting of the tree at approximately 6 p.m. Mayor Christian J. Bollwage, Santa and EAP Board members will lead the Tree Lighting ceremony.



Music will be provided by DJ Robb, and traditional carolers will entertain visitors. A holiday elf will be on hand for the festivities. Renaissance Marriott Hotels will be providing hot chocolate and local favorite “Popcorn Dom” will be giving away freshly popped hot popcorn and other treats.

“The EAP Tree-Lighting Ceremony is always a great success and marks the official start of the holiday shopping season on Elizabeth Avenue,” EAP Chairman, Angel L. Rodriguez of State Farm Insurance said. “Please come out and bring the kids to our free Saturday events and support our local businesses while here.”

Children will have an opportunity to write a letter to Santa and place it in an official Santa’s Mailbox installed at Union Square Plaza until December 22.  They will receive a return letter from Santa himself directly from the North Pole. Make sure to include a return address in all letters placed in the mailbox.
 

“We are extremely appreciative of TD Bank awarding us a grant to present our Holiday Extravaganza on Elizabeth Avenue this holiday season,” Strochak said. “We have a great lineup of events and look forward to a great holiday shopping season on Elizabeth Avenue.”
 

For more information regarding the EAP Holiday Extravaganza presented by TD Bank, call the EAP office at 908-965-0660 or visit our website at www.elizabethavenue.org and/or follow us on Facebook @ Elizabeth Avenue-The Market

 

TAPintoElizabeth.net is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TAPElizabeth and Twitter @TAPElizabeth. 

 

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Elizabeth

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_ec60039a423eee95393a_scan_0005

Sat, November 25, 10:00 AM

Roselle Park Knights of Columbus #3240 at the Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park

Blood Drive in Roselle Park

Sun, November 26, 3:00 PM

The Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown, Elizabeth

Actors Shakespeare Company presents A Christmas ...

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, November 28, 5:00 PM

Center for Hope Hospice, administration building, Scotch Plains

“VA Benefits for Long Term Care” -- CEU seminar ...

Health & Wellness Other

Local Humanitarians Partner with Community Food Bank of New Jersey to Distribute Turkeys to Those in Need in Elizabeth

November 20, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ--When James Carey, the Director of Social Services for the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center Inc., received a phone call from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey informing him they were donating 200 turkeys to his agency, he replied, "I'm going to distribute the turkeys to all the parents and staff members at the Early Childhood School and whatever's left over, ...

Elizabeth Football and Cheer Program Seeks Community Support to Raise Funds for 2017 National Cheer & Dance Competition

ELIZABETH, NJ—A local, long-standing program in Elizabeth has the opportunity to compete in the 2017 National Cheer & Dance Competition in Orlando and they are seeking donations from the community to make it happen.

The Football and Cheer Program is a part of PAL (Police Athletic League). Elizabeth PAL was started in 1947 by a group of caring police officers that wanted to make a ...

Tree-Lighting Ceremony to Kick-Off Holiday Festivities -Santa Comes to Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, N.J.--It’s that time of the year, twinkling lights, festive decorations and a chance to visit with the most important guy in a red suit you’ll ever meet.

The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) has announced the lineup of holiday events on Elizabeth Avenue this season starting with the Official Tree-Lighting Ceremony at Union Square Plaza on Tuesday, November 28 from ...

Learn How to Defend Against Cyber Bullies

Springfield, N.J.--With the continued rise of social media, an alarming number of children and teens are targets of online bullying. To learn more about cyberbullying tactics and how to fight back against them, parents and caregivers are invited to attend “Bullying & Our Children,” a free public discussion.

This special presentation will be held on Monday, November 27, from ...

Trinitas Regional Medical Center Seeks Level II Trauma Center Designation

Elizabeth, N.J.--Trinitas Regional Medical Center is seeking formal Level II Trauma Center designation in response to the first official trauma call by the New Jersey Department of Health DOH in nearly 20 years.  The Medical Center will submit its application to the DOH this week.

According to Gary S. Horan, FACHE, Trinitas President & CEO, the state of New Jersey has an excellent ...

Redesigned Elizabeth Train Station on Hold-Mayor Says Fire NJ Transit Executives

November 10, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—The Governor-Elect already has a decision to make on his first day in office.

Mayor J. Christian Bollwage is calling upon the Governor-Elect to remove the New Jersey Transit Executive Team of their positions and appoint pro-active, capable individuals, who are in favor of rail improvements. The Mayor has requested that this action be taken in response to New Jersey ...

Fanwood Police Officer with Law Enforcement Team in Puerto Rico Finds Misery and Optimism

November 11, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Like many other visitors to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, Fanwood Police Officer Elliott Bernard says the images seen on TV and online simply don’t capture the enormity of the damage, even two months after the storm. Roads with giant fissures, downed utility poles, epic food and water shortages and the lack of power make day to day life exhausting.

“Every day, you ...

A Christmas Carol, the Musical Dancing into Cranford

November 20, 2017

Broadway Version of A Christmas Carol Coming to CDC Theatre in Cranford Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters will come to life at CDC Theatre beginning December 8.

Written and scored by Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast,Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), A Christmas ...

The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman (St. Martins Griffin, 2016)

 

Author Lynda Cohen Loigman states, “The Two-Family House is a story I thought about for at least ten years before I ever wrote a word. I spent countless hours over a full decade thinking about how Rose, Helen, Abe, and Mort would behave in difficult situations, and how they would feel when faced with ...

Sustained, Severe Cuts Equal Setbacks at NJ Department of Environmental Protection

November 8, 2017

Trenton, N.J.--Long-term budget and staff cuts have severely impacted the ability of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to carry out critical work to protect New Jersey’s environment and residents. This has serious implications for wildlife, public health, and our economy. DEP is charged with managing and protecting the State’s environment and natural ...