TOTOWA, NJ - The cold couldn’t keep the smiles off of the kids’ faces as Santa stopped by Totowa’s annual tree lighting on Dec. 2.

The third and fourth grade choir along with the school’s a capella and glee club sang Christmas songs for approximately 200 residents and the town council who gathered for the festive event.

Mayor John Coiro said that the holiday season is a special one and you can hear how excited the kids are just by their singing.

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“This is one of the more pleasantries of the year for friends and family to get together to really bring out the spirit of the holiday spirit,” he said.

“These kids have worked so hard for this event,” school district Superintendent Patricia Capitelli said. “They practiced so hard and are excited for this event.”

Coiro, along with Santa and Capitelli, helped with the countdown to lighting the tree.

“This one of my favorite events that is sponsored by the board of recreation in collaboration with the town council and school district,” Councilwoman Debra Andriani told TAPinto.

Also on hand was Woodland’s Park antique fire truck which was lit up with holiday décor. A bulldozer, which was decorated with Christmas lights was also on display thanks to Paul Salomone. Coiro also thanked the Walsh family for donating the Christmas tree. 

Following the festivities, families and residents were invited to Washington Park School for hot chocolate and cookies, courtesy of the mayor and town council.