NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley's annual tree and menorah lighting will take place Sun. Dec. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in and around the Nutley Park Oval. 

Mayor Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli and the Board of Commissioners have announced plans to host one of Nutley’s oldest traditions – the annual Holiday Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting.  The entire community is invited to attend the Township’s official kick-off of the Holiday Season.  The annual celebration will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7pm, with activities scheduled to take place both inside John H. Walker Middle School and areas in and around the Nutley Park Oval.  Franklin Avenue will be closed between Chestnut and New Streets. 

“Our holiday celebration is a wonderful tradition that brings families and friends together to welcome in the holiday season,” commented Mayor Scarpelli.  “It is a great way to see our community at its best.”

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Santa returns to Nutley with his reindeer and will be ready to have his picture taken with the children.    Carrying on the holiday tradition, the celebration will include live entertainment from local musical groups approximately every 15 to 20 minutes, including the Elementary School Choir, the John H. Walker Middle School Concert Choir, the Middle School Jazz Band, the Choralettes, and the Brass Ensemble. Under the direction of Music Director Dr. James Riley, the groups will provide a medley of holiday music sure to please all in attendance.

The event’s festivities will feature a mini-train ride, horse and buggy rides, roasted chestnuts, hot cider & coffee and family entertainment.  There will be a special refreshment/bake sale to support the Friends of the Nutley Singers and the Nutley Music Boosters Association, as well as a hot cocoa sale to support the senior class.  At the conclusion of the celebration, all are invited to visit the Live Nativity at the Vincent United Methodist Church from 7 8 p.m. with performances every 20 minutes.

“Nothing is more beautiful than seeing the Park Oval decorated for the holiday season,” concluded Scarpelli.

Feel free to visit the Township’s website at or contact the Mayor’s Office in at 973-284-4959 for additional information. is an online newspaper serving the Township of Nutley. is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, and is the only locally owned news organization serving the community. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPintoNutley