NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - It's official that Santa Claus has come to New Providence! Hundreds of families and friends came out to the annual Christmas Walk the day after Thanksgiving. Everyone gathered to listen to the Marching Band play Christmas music and finally see Santa arrive. 

On Friday, November 25, the New Providence High School Marching Band marched from the High School with the Drum Line playing a Christmas rendition of their cadence. As they strode down South Street, they met a massive crowd of children, families, and friends, all waiting for Santa to arrive at the top of the Provident Bank. Kids were holding onto balloons, wearing Christmas sweaters, eating candy canes, and were filled with excitement as they patiently waited for Santa's arrival. The band stopped and played numerous Christmas tunes like "Frosty The Snow Man," "Jingle Bells," and "Sleigh Ride" as the crowd sang along.

Just as they started playing "Santa Claus is Coming To Town", Santa Claus appeared at the top of the Provident Bank, lighting up all of faces of the little kids with huge smiles. He gave a jolly laugh along with many waves before the New Providence Fire Department helped St. Nick down from the building. From there, the Marching Band and Color Guard escorted Santa and the fire truck down South Street, Springfield Ave, and through the Village Shopping Center by playing more Christmas Music and waving beautiful red flags. The crowd followed and watched as Santa rode through the town, spreading more smiles and laughs everywhere. Shopkeepers remained open to welcome everyone with holiday refreshments, treats and activities.

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Marching through the town, seeing the community come together and share so much love, excitement, and joy is truly an amazing sight. The Christmas Walk is always a fantastic opener to the Holiday Season.

A crowd also gathered on the front lawn of the Presbyterian Church at New Providence as part of the kick off of the Christmas season with Mayor Al Morgan and the 2nd annual Christmas Tree lighting along with live animals, music and a live re-enactment of the very first Christmas.

The Winter Walk is sponsored by the New Providence Business Community, the New Providence Fire Department, and the New Providence High School Pioneer Band.  

Editor's Note: Megan April is a junior at New Providence High School participating in the TAPinto New Providence intern program. To learn more about the intern program contact bpeer@tapinto.net.