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Holiday Spirit Heads to Livingston the First Weekend in December


LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston will be buzzing with holiday activity on Saturday, Dec. 5, as Santa arrives at the Livingston Mall for breakfast and the annual Camuso display is lit at the Oval after dark.

The Camuso Holiday Decorations Committee has been hard at work raising funds, cleaning and restoring the figures and expanding the display in anticipation of the 2015 lighting ceremony. Livingston UNICO will once again be sponsoring Santa and his elves at the Camuso display.

Click HERE to see a video of last year’s event, which included performances by the Livingston Starliners Dance Group and horse and carriage rides thanks to sponsor, the Livingston Police Benevolent Association (PBA), captured by Jayme Ratner.

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Eager children and their families can also experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Livingston Mall, also beginning Dec. 5. Children are invited to have Breakfast with Santa in the Food Court at 9 a.m. to kick off the holiday season.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at Guest Services. Children can visit and be photographed with Santa through Dec. 24.

The popular Pet Photo Night also returns to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Livingston Mall on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Kids are invited to bring their furry friends for the holiday tradition through the mall entrance next to Dunkin Donuts. All pets must be on a leash or in a crate.

Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers. Reservations can be secured at

Meeting Santa at the Mall had to be one of my favorite memories growing up,” said West Orange resident and Livingston High School alumna Ashley Milano. “Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit quite like seeing the smiles as I pass the Santa Photo booth on the weekends and remembering the joy it brought me.”

The Simon Santa Photo Experience is again sponsored by Gymboree. The Gymboree Corporation is a specialty retailer operating stores selling high-quality apparel and accessories for children under the Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8 brands. Find Crazy 8 at Livingston Mall on the Upper Level by the Food Court. 

The 2015 Simon Santa Photo Experience is also sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, which is celebrating the highly anticipated release of “Minions,” available on Blu-ray and DVD December 8. Come visit the Simon Santa Photo Experience and receive a fun-filled activity sheet and custom Minion holiday headband, pose for photos with the colorful Minions standee, and watch highlights from the movie.

“One of the great traditions of holiday shopping at Livingston Mall is the annual family visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience,” said Maria Gregorius, area director of marketing and business development for Livingston Mall. “I know Santa can’t wait to greet children bringing him their holiday wishes.”

Simon’s theme for Holiday 2015 is “Spread Love,” from the love of giving to those who matter, to children’s love of Santa, to celebrating love through holiday festivities with family and friends. Join Simon to experience the season’s good cheer with the best of holiday shopping and entertainment.

Throughout the holiday season shoppers can also engage in a variety of special activities including: Surprise & Delight, Holiday Coat Check near Barnes & Noble, Santa photos, Holiday entertainment, special treats available at Guest Services, Holiday giftwrap presented by Livingston High School Project Graduation and more. 

Guests to every Noerr set will have another opportunity to share Santa’s heart by making a donation via The Noerr Programs to Save the Children. For nearly 100 years, this non-profit has given underserved children in the U.S. a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Since this program began four years ago, Noerr has collected over $978,000 largely due to the generosity of Simon shoppers. This season, Noerr will pass the $1,000,000 milestone.

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