LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Camuso Family Holiday Display at the Livingston Memorial Oval has officially been lit for the season.

During a special ceremony commemorating the start of the 2019 holiday season, instrumental members of the Camuso Collection Preservation Committee had the honor of officially lighting the Camuso village, where hundreds of residents gathered for the unveiling of this year’s display.

Mayor Al Anthony, who specifically acknowledged the efforts of Chief Elf Tom Cooney and his team, said the lighting ceremony is “the culmination of all the hard work” the goes into the display each year.

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“The Camuso display becomes more beautiful every year due to the hard work of our volunteer ‘elves,’” said Mayor Al Anthony. “In a town that I often boast has the best volunteers in the state, it doesn't get any better than this: so many people working tirelessly outside in the cold with the goal of bringing joy and beauty to the holiday season. 

The mayor added that having the Camuso display across from Livingston Town Hall is “a constant reminder of what a great community we live in and how our volunteers continue to make [Livingston] such a desirable place to live.”

Grand opening activities over the weekend included a special performance from the Starliners Dance Team, the annual Trackless Train Ride, character greetings by Batman and Wonder Woman, kids’ games and plenty of photo opportunities. 

The display is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will remain open to the public for viewing until Dec. 31. Various special events are also being held throughout the season.

Upcoming events will be held as follows:

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

Saturday, Dec. 14 — Open House/Tours of historic Force Home (Colonial Christmas Tour)

  • Force Homestead Museum (366 S. Livingston Ave.) will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be Dec. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • There is limited parking available on site, but a path from the Camuso Display to the Force Home will be lit for visitors. 
  • Hot Chocolate and Cookies will be served. 
  • At the homestead, a traditional Christmas tree is decorated with hand-made trimmings of cranberries and popcorn and fresh picked garden materials adorn the historical house with Colonial-style decorations.

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.”

Coverage of Thursday night’s Camuso event, co-sponsored by the Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee and the Livingston Police Department, is forthcoming.