HACKENSACK, N.J. — Hackensack’s Mayor and Council were joined by Santa Claus and many residents last night for its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Courthouse Green.

The event included snacks and musical performances from the young cast of “The Christmas Caper," a holiday musical being performed this Friday and Saturday at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center.  For information, visit hacpac.org. 
 
“This holiday tree lighting is a wonderful tradition that brings happiness to so many people, especially the children,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “I’d like to thank everyone who helped set up this beautiful tree, and all the residents who came to celebrate this special night together.” 
 

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Mayor Labrosse was joined by Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, Deputy Mayor David Sims, Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg and Councilman Leo Battaglia in a countdown to the lighting of the tree, which was purchased and first lit in 2018. Santa Claus arrived in a Hackensack Fire Department vehicle and sat in a big red chair in the middle of the stage. Dozens of happy children and parents stood in line to get a photo with Santa. Refreshments including coffee, hot chocolate and cookies were provided.
 
“My kids love attending this annual event. This is a special time of year, meant to be spent with family and friends and that is exactly what this tree lighting is all about,” said Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg. “Happy Holidays to all residents.”
 
“Events like these bring our whole community together, so I want to say thank you to the cast of ‘The Christmas Caper’ and all City employees who helped set up and clean up after this event,” said Councilman Leo Battaglia.