HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township electrician Gus Windescher stood inside a cherry-picker bucket attaching a Welcome banner to a light post at the entrance to the municipal complex Thursday, finishing off a list of "to do" items for Friday night's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
The grounds surrounding the complex on South Branch Road have been transformed into a winter wonderland, with trees wrapped in lights and pine bough roping lining the pathways to Santa's shack.
The lights have been strung on the pine tree across from the Garden of Honor for the official lighting ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. when Santa arrives.
Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with train rides (weather permitting) and visits by the characters of Disney's "Frozen."
There will be hot chocolate and a fire pit to help visitors keep warm and holiday music.
Parking will be available in the lots adjacent to the municipal building, with overflow parking permitted on South Branch Road.