NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One of the city’s most beloved holiday season traditions will be returning next month.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be held downtown on three consecutive Thursdays: Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

The carriage rides would take place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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New Brunswick City Market, which gained approval from the City Council at Wednesday night’s meeting, will be taking measures to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All participants will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Council Vice President Suzanne Sicora Ludwig said that families and couples will not be placed together for the same ride with others. Also, unlike in previous years, blankets will not be available. So, riders should bring their own.

According to Resolution R-032038, the carriage pick up will be at the Monument Square Park bus cutout on Livingston Avenue.

Carriages will turn right onto George Street, left on Liberty Street, cross Neilson Street to Richmond Street, left onto Dennis Street, around Hiram Square circle, left onto Neilson Street, right onto Bayard Street, left onto George Street, right onto Livingston Avenue to drop off at Monument Square Park.

Another popular city tradition, the annual Christmas tree lighting, will be altered in response to social distancing limitations.

Three trees will be set up along George Street starting Friday, Nov. 27. They will be lit at 6 p.m. each night.