SUMMIT, NJ - There's less than two weeks to go before Thanksgiving, which means the holiday season is about to officially begin, and the City of Summit will have several events and activities designed to put Hilltop City residents and visitors in the festive spirit.

November 26 - Small Business Saturday

A national initiative designed to promote the benefits of supporting local businesses, 'Small Business Saturday' encourages folks to take a pass on the zaniness of 'Black Friday' and 'shop small' the day after. Parking downtown will be free November 24 - 27, and many downtown businesses will feature special promotions and sales for the day. Summit Downtown, Inc. will have a table at 408 Springfield Avenue -- the former Staples location between lululemon and 2nd Time Around -- where shoppers can draw a card, and the prize noted on win the card. Prizes range from tote bags to downtown gift certificates.

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December 2, 6 - 9 p.m. - Summit Snowflake Stroll

The fact that an elf will be walking downtown handing out 'snowflake dollars' -- which can be spent like cash as downtown businesses -- should be enough to bring folks out for a fun Friday, but there is more to the 'Summit Snowflake Stroll'.

Special offers from downtown businesses, hot chocolate, a photo booth and complimentary gift wrapping at the Summit Educational Foundation-sponsored Hospitality Center (408 Springfield Avenue), and free babysitting at the Summit Area YMCA (registration required), from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., are all part of the event. and dinner out a downtown restaurant!   

December 3, 5:30 - 7:30 - Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting

He knows when you've been bad or good, and he is coming to the 07901 to once again help light the 'Town Tree' on the Village Green. The Summit Area YMCA is organizing the popular combination of Santa's arrival, where he will greet girls and boys before joining Mayor Nora Radest to light the holiday tree.

December 3, 10 and 16 - Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides

Take a break from your holiday shopping, journey back in time and enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown, taking in the holiday window displays, lights, and decorations. Boarding for the rides will be conducted at Lyric Park, located at the corner of Bank Street and Beechwood Road

Date and Times:

December 3, 6 - 8 p.m.
December 10, 1 - 4 p.m.
December 16, 7 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy a weekend in downtown Summit and support local businesses this holiday season!  Special thanks to Regal Bank for sponsoring the Horse & Carriage Rides on December 16.

For more information on these events, visit summitdowntown.org.