LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Holiday Decorations Committee’s annual “Winter Wonderland” display is officially up throughout the Township of Livingston, but because the display is only made possible through donations, the committee is uncertain over whether it will be able to continue the tradition.
As the holiday season approaches, committee Co-chairs Marie Bennett and Adrienne Santola request the community’s support and remind residents to keep an eye out for their “Winter Wonderland” donation letters.
Completely independent of the Camuso Holiday Village at the Oval, the long-standing tradition decorates Livingston’s main roads and business districts with non-religious lanterns on the telephone poles, lighted garland on the lampposts and lighted garland on the pergola at Northfield Center. According to the committee, however, funding for the display has been a challenge in recent years.
For decades, Bennett said, enough money was raised annually to decorate the town and guarantee decorations for the following season. Now struggling to raise enough money to keep the tradition alive, Santola said she fears the town will soon go dark for the holidays.
Both Santola and Bennett participated in the effort to bring the Camuso decorations from Ernie Camuso’s home on Burnett Hill Road to the Gazebo area at the Oval and continue to serve on the Camuso Holiday Decorations Committee. But despite the efforts to raise money for both committees, one tradition continues to flourish as the other loses community support.