LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston Township’s Camuso Family Holiday Display will officially be lit on Saturday, Dec. 7 and will remain open to the public for viewing until Dec. 31 with various special events being held throughout the season.

The display, located at the Memorial Oval on Robert Harp Drive, across from 357 South Livingston Avenue, is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Since this summer, the Camuso Holiday Display Committee has been meeting to plan improvements to the display.

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“We vowed last year that 2019 would be bigger and better than ever,” said Chief ELF Tom Cooney. 

Beth Lippman, executive director of Livingston’s Business Improvement District (BID), has been spearheading the committee’s fundraising efforts for continued repairs and upgrades to the display.

This year, the committee is selling Christmas Trees or Chanukah Dreidels for $20 each throughout December to be placed around the display with the donor’s name or holiday wish. The personalized keepsakes will be handed back to the owners after the display is taken down.

Special events will be held as follows, beginning with the grand opening ceremony on Saturday:

Saturday, Dec. 7 — Opening Night/Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. with:

  • Performance from Starliners Dance Team
  • Trackless Train Ride
  • Character Greetings by Batman and Wonder Woman
  • Kids’ Games and Photo Opportunities

Tuesday, Dec. 10 (Rain Date: Dec. 13) — LACD Event

  • Livingston Advisory Committee For Disabilities event and visit from Santa from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.`

Saturday, Dec. 14 — First Responders Event

  • Kids’ Crafts (sponsored by Livingston Fire Department and Livingston First Aid Squad)
  • Clydesdale Horse and Carriage Rides
  • Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
  • Visit from Santa
  • Open House/Tours of historic Force Home (Colonial Christmas Tour)

Saturday, Dec. 21 — Livingston UNICO Community Event

  • Visit from Santa and his elf (sponsored by Livingston UNICO) at 6:30 p.m.
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Kids’ Games
  • Open House/Tours of Historic Force Home (Colonial Christmas Tour)

Monday, Dec. 23 — Menorah Lighting at 5 p.m.

  • Ceremonial Menorah Lighting and special choir performance

“This is a community event, and we want every group in town to feel welcome to participate,” said Cooney. “So come out and help celebrate this Livingston tradition with us.”

Lippman also thanked sponsors Schumacher Chevrolet, Air Group, Fairview Insurance and Progressive Companies for their support as well as Livingston UNICO and Kiwanis for their continued support.

“We have great businesses in town that support this spectacular event,” said Lippman. “It takes a lot of work, and special parts to keep them working.”

The township notes that all events are weather permitting, but every effort will be made to decide as early as possible and announce if/when events are canceled.