MILLBURN, NJ — With a flip of the switch at dusk, Millburn officially kicked off the holiday season at the third annual Winter Walk, held yesterday in Taylor Park.
Running from late afternoon through the early evening, the Winter Walk had a series of activities, including a parade through the park that featured plenty of different groups. A number of civic groups, nursery schools and public officials marched in the parade. A full photo gallery can be found at the top of this article.
For Millburn/Short Hills chamber of Commerce President Stephanie Murphy, the event was a success, as it brought a crowd of hundreds of people out to enjoy the day.
"We had some great energy here at the park today," Murphy said. "A lot of anticipation waiting for the lights to come on. The performances were fabulous. We had a lot of diverse groups here today and I think that the lights really help out in making the people come out and support Millburn and Short Hills."
On the performing stage, the Just Awesome Music Club, Stephanie Eller, Soulfege and Natalie's School of Performing arts all brought the tunes to keep attendees dancing from start to finish. The songs performed ranged from a medley of classic winter hits to the usual staples.
Multiple tables were set up, as children and their families made Christmas ornaments, enjoyed hot cider and took a walk around the park to enjoy the beautiful lights, as well as the standing props that could be used for photos.
And once the sun went down, families wandered around the park, enjoying the beautiful decorations.
As Murphy said, the hope from the chamber is that starting with Small Business Saturday, the light display will be a way for the chamber to draw customers into Millburn's downtown.
"The main reason behind the Winter Walk is because of Shop Small Saturday," Murphy said. "And wanting everyone to come down and support Millburn and Short Hills and our businesses. We really want people to support local businesses."
The Winter Walk will run through Jan. 30, 2020.