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The Camuso Holiday Decorations Committee to Light Christmas and Chanukah Displays at the Oval


LIVINGSTON, NJ — It’s that time of year again: the Camuso Holiday Decorations Committee is back and preparing a special 2015 holiday celebration full of dancing, posing for photos and much more. 

Since this summer, the Committee has been meeting to raise funds and to plan improvements to the display. The display will open with a spectacular lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

“Following last year’s roaring success, the display was loaded onto two large trailers, and stored at a top secret location,” said Steve Santola, who is also the Chair of the Camuso Committee.

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The evening will include a performance by the Livingston Starliners Dance Group, a train ride for the kids, sponsored by the Dinar Family, and a very special guest appearance by a Minion and the Grinch. A donation bin for Stuff the Bus has also been added to benefit Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW). The Camuso display will be lit each evening at dusk—weather permitting.

“We vowed last year that 2015 would be bigger and better than ever,” said Chief Elf Tom Cooney.

Cooney is also the President of the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, and he has recruited several “elves” from the Department. Livingston Business Improvement District Executive Director Beth Lippman, who has been spearheading the Committee’s fundraising efforts, said last year’s weather took its toll on many of the characters and kept the elves very busy this season.

“We have great businesses in town that support this great event,” said Lippman. “We also have set up a donation site for anyone who would like to contribute to this special Livingston Tradition. Funds go towards the repairs and upgrading of the display.”

In addition, the Camuso Holiday Decorations Committee will also be hosting the lighting of the Menorah on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Rabbi Greg Litcofsky and the Choir from Temple Emanuel will be present to help celebrate Chanukah.

“This is a community event and we want every group in town to feel welcome to participate,” said Santola, who wants everyone in the Livingston community to come out and help celebrate this Livingston Tradition at the Camuso Display.

Livingston UNICO will once again sponsor Santa and his elf at the Gazebo on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. Back again for a third year will also be the Horse & Carriage ride.

Livingston’s First Responders are sponsoring the event on Saturday, Dec. 19, where Santa will be present to hand out Gingerbread Man cookies, provided by Kings, to all the children to decorate at this event. Surprise characters will be walking around to help make this a fun and festive time.

Click HERE to donate to the Livingston Camuso Holiday Display.

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