SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Township Christmas Tree was lit Friday night, officially ringing in the holiday season. 

A huge crowd gathered on the beautiful, but chilly evening outside the Franklin Township Municipal complex to listen to Christmas carols sung by the Franklin High School Madrigals.

Following the caroling, local residents filed behind the FHS Madrigals in procession to the Community/Senior Center. Members of Girl Scout Troop 63200 greeted members of the community and handed out fliers detailing the night's events. Boy Scout Troop 154 performed a flag ceremony for the crowd.

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Attendees were treated to free cocoa, candy canes and cupcakes courtesy of the Franklin Township Parks and Recreation department and BAM desserts. 

The good boys and girls of Franklin Township lined up to tell Santa and Mrs. Claus what they want for Christmas. The event also featured music from DJ Dylan and family-friendly crafts and activities. 

The ceremony was sponsored by Lightbridge Academy, a childcare educational facility scheduled to open early 2020, according to a township flier. 

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This year, the township is encouraging members of the community to be a holiday angel to help bring cheer to Franklin families in need and military members serving the country home and abroad.

To help out simply stop by the Community/Senior Center and pick up an angel tag from the Giving Tree located in the lobby or bring in an unwrapped gift from now until Dec. 18.                

According to the township donations, will benefit:

CENTER FOR GREAT EXPECTATIONS ( for the angel giving tree: gift cards, new, unwrapped baby items to families in need

Operation Jersey Cares ( Trial sized health & beauty products for US Troops at home and abroad

Franklin Township Food Bank ( non-perishable food items

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