BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Santa arrived at Town Hall by horse-drawn wagon and the flourish of brass instruments on Saturday, where a crowd of children and their parents anxiously waited for him.

After greeting everyone, Santa walked up the stairs, where Mayor Robert Woodruff welcomed him to town and presented him with the Key to the Township! Santa told the mayor Mrs. Claus knew the mayor’s favorite snack, so she stayed up late baking, put the snack in a box, wrapped the box and asked Santa to deliver it to the mayor. Since no one mentioned what was in the box, it appears the mayor’s favorite snack is a secret!

After the official greeting, children followed Santa into the court room, which was transformed into a winter wonderland, Santa sat on a special chair and greeted the children one by one. Each had a chance to ask for their heart’s desire for Christmas and to answer the very important question...”Have you been good this year?”   

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While waiting for a chance to see Santa, children and parents enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate...with whipped cream!

Members of the Downtown Beautification Committee sold the Berkeley Heights ornament which featured a rendering of the current town hall. The designer of this year’s ornament, artist Lucinda Hayes, happily signed the ornament for purchasers. Members of the Highlanders, the Governor Livingston High School Marching Band, sold band candy, in the lobby of the police department.

The driver of the horse drawn-wagon that brought Santa Claus to Berkeley Heights gave rides around the block for residents while they waited for Santa to finish visiting.  Santa Claus may join the crowds at the Tree Lighting at Peppertown Park tonight at 5 p.m. and stay for the fireworks which will follow the tree lighting. 

After the Tree Lighting and fireworks the Winter Walk begins, with all sorts of fun for everyone. To see everything that's planned for Winter Walk, check out the website.