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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.

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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 and/or follow us on Facebook @ Elizabeth Avenue-The Market is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @TAPElizabeth. 


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