­PLAINFIELD, NJ — The feeling of Christmas and the spirit of the holidays was felt at Plainfield's Tree Lighting event at City Hall on Friday.

The celebration began with a welcoming message from First Lady Amelia Mapp and Joylette Mills-Ransome, City Council President.


First Lady Mapp said, “Every year we come here and we give thanks for the things that we’ve had during the course of the year, to reflect on things that have happened during the course of the year.  But I know that the little children come out to see Santa and get a little gift and you know, and that’s what children are about and that’s what life is about, and I’d like to be a child again just for that.”

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She also reminded the crowd to reflect upon things that have happened across the country and beyond.

While families waited for Santa to arrive, residents were able to enjoy musical selections from various students across the community, including Plainfield Community Outreach, P.A.A.A.S., or Plainfield Academy for Arts and Advanced Studies, and the Queen City Academy. 

Immediately following Santa’s arrival, residents were invited inside to City Hall Library to take pictures with Santa and receive a toy, which were distributed by Plainfield Action Services.


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