MADISON, NJ - Operation Santa Claus is a new tradition being created for Madison residents by creative borough officials. The new holiday activities will replace the traditional Christmas Parade and Tree lighting ceremony.

On Friday, November 27, 2020 around 10:00 A.M. Santa will begin his journey around town on Geraldine, Madison’s antique fire engine, by the Madison Fire and Police Departments.

Santa will travel each street in Madison, by zones. Borough officials ask that residents remain patient as Santa's entire trip will take about 4-5 hours.

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 An interactive Google Map, identifying the seven zones can be found here. Santa will begin in Zone 1 and proceed accordingly.

"For everyone’s safety, Santa will only be waving, but his helpers will be handing out treats to all those who cheer him on throughout his journey", said borough officials. "Just listen for the sirens to know that Santa is on his way!"

Residents can follow along on Santa’s journey throughout Madison on Borough of Madison social media channels, Facebook and Twitter, where borough officials will be continuously monitoring and updating residents on his journey.

The virtual lighting of the Christmas Tree will take place as soon as Santa finishes his tour.  The lighting will be broadcast live on the Borough of Madison YouTube Channel. Links will also be posted on

Approximately five minutes before the lighting, notices will be posted on Borough of Madison social media channels, Facebook and Twitter, with direct links to the livestream for all residents to watch and enjoy. 

"Our primary concern is everyone’s health and safety during these unprecedented and difficult times, and therefor crows will not be permitted to form on Waverly Place during the lighting", said officials. "We are urging and requesting that all residents watch the lighting from the comfort of their own home."