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Santa Comes To North Plainfield

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Hundreds of North Plainfield residents wander through the lighted wonderland after the tree lighting. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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The Vermeule Community Center all decked out with holiday decorations in the daylight as Santa Comes to Town begins. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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The line to see Santa ran out the side of the Vermeule Community Center, over the entire porch and into the parking lot even before the sun went down. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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The line remained long for more than an hour and a half. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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North Plainfield High School students provided the carols for the crowd. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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Santa granted more than 250 wishes to North Plainfield's children. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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The North Plainfield Municipal Alliance Committee handed out coloring books, toys and pencils urging kids to stay off drugs. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano had a lot of fun with Santa in the background, but we couldn't get him to sit on the Jolly Elf's lap. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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Volunteers handed out snacks and treats to parents and kids. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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Mayor Mike Giordano greets the crowd outside as Santa prepares to light the tree. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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Hundreds of North Plainfield residents wander through the lighted wonderland after the tree lighting. Credits: TAP into North Plainfield
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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Santa came to North Plainfield on Sunday to grant more than 250 wishes, light a holiday wonderland and wish a Merry Christmas to one and all.

"This is a wonderful crowd," said Mayor Mike Giordano. "I'm so glad that we can put on events like this that the families of our proud community can enjoy together with friends and neighbors."

As Santa arrived at 4 p.m., the lines went out the side door of the Vermeule Community Center and wound around the building into the parking lot. The line lenghtened almost to the Vermeule Mansion more than 200 feet away, and maintained it's length for more than an hour.

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At 5:15, Giordano, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Van Dickerson and Santa lit the Christmas tree but included a special treat of icicle lighting draped in all the trees in the area.  The crowd gasped as the display took hold, and applauded loudly.  One man even chanted, "Santa, Santa, Santa!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlylGpjeL2o

In addition to a day of community fun for the kids and their families, the event collected almost 200 pounds of food for the North Plainfield Food Bank and more than 50 unwrapped presents for the local Toys for Tots effort.  

Cocoa and other treats were provided by the North Plainfield Marching Band Parents, and the event was sponsored and organized by the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Mayor's Special Events Committee and Mayor Giordano.

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