ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Santa came to town on Friday evening in Roselle Park as they held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. This year featured some extra features to the event that included live pony rides, face painting, clowns, singers, and many other performances. 

“This is a historical night because we are not only lighting one Christmas Tree, we are lighting two this year,” said Mayor Carl Hokanson. “As you can see it is well attended, everybody put a lot of effort into this. Everyone is in the Christmas mood and you can feel the excitement.”

The main event of course was the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. This the town had a special Grand Marshal at the event. Standing at the podium with mayor Hokanson was Alex Perez. Alex was named Grand Marshal for his bravery a few months ago when he was on a school bus on the Garden State Parkway and smelled smoke. Alex started yelling and brought it to attention of the bus driver and they were able to get all the children off safety before the bus totally engulfed in flames. “If it wasn’t for Alex’s bravery and honesty and everything to get those kids off of the bus, there would have been a lot of families today who would not be celebrating a Merry Christmas,” said Mayor Hokanson as he addressed the crowd. 

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To see highlights from the event, click on the video below. 

We didn’t forget about the TAPinto question of the night. “What is your favorite Christmas song?” The overall answer was…..Jingle Bells!

Food and donations for the event were provided by Roselle Park Dunkin Donuts, RP Education Assoc. RPCCA and the RP PBS 27.