ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Santa made a few surprise visits to some homes in Roselle Park on Sat. evening to announce they had been chosen as winners in the Roselle Park Christmas and Holiday Lights Contest. 

What started out as an idea in a Facebook post and a lot of excitement, the Facebook group page, “Roselle Park Christmas and Holiday Lights Contest” was created and quickly grew in just a few weeks to over 1600 members. It didn’t take long for residents to jump in and enter leaving the organizers with 68 entries. Judges chosen had the task of making categories and narrowing it down to 5 winners.

On Sat. evening, arriving in a fire truck he calls “Big Red,” Santa and his entourage made their way to the 5 lucky homes. The winners were as follows:

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Most Colorful Display - 475 Ragland Dr.

Traditional Lighting - 39 E. Lincoln Ave.

Disney/Star Wars/Marvel - 420 Spruce Ave.

Unique/Surprising/Animated - 625 Beechwood Ave.

The Facebook People's Choice was given also to  - 625 Beechwood Ave. 

The Judges Choice - 467 Ragland Dr. 

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“Thank you everyone for tuning in and watching our live ambushes of the winners! We had so much fun organizing this event and look forward to it becoming a tradition,” said Jayme Lynn Negron. “Thank you again to all of our awesome sponsors and nominees! Roselle Park is sparkling brighter than ever because of you all!”

“First we all want to thank our Santa! Deputy Chief Ray Parenteau from our fire dept. was fantastic and really helped to make this event so memorable for so many. Also a huge thanks to Fire Chief Joe Signorello who allowed us to have Santa and the fire company join in on this event,” said Executive Director Joe DeIorio. “On behalf of our Roselle Park 24/7 board members, Jodi Bellomo, Thos Shipley, and Roselle 24/7 CEO Kathy Lloyd and Doreen Rinaldo, we want to thank the Roselle Park Christmas and Holiday Lighting Contest committee ‘Sparkle Squad’ Jayme Lynn Negron, Donna Taylor, Alicia Davitt Marino, Jason DiOrio and youngest and best judges ever, Ayden and Bryce for all of their hard work.” 

“What started out as a simple idea from Jayme to make Roselle Park “sparkle” turned into an incredible lifting of community spirit during this winter season. Like the song says, We Need a Little Christmas Now…… and I believe we all, including everyone in Roselle Park, got that spirit this season,” added DeIorio. “Congratulations to the winners and to all the nominees. The decisions were extremely difficult but we loved each one of the entries.”

For more information on Roselle Park 24/7 visit them on their Facebook page at Positively Roselle Park or by email at RosellePark247@gmail.com. Roselle Park 24/7 is part of Roselle 24/7 an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization creating programs focused in Roselle Park. 

Prize Sponsors of the event are as follows:

Dowlings 

Costas

ATA Martial Arts
Football Frenzy
Charlie Thyme
Home Depot
Avon
Climax Brewery
Art & Soul
M. C. Home Improvement and Construction
Xpress Café
Killa Seasoning
Bevastyles
Alpha Landscaping
Cort’s Cookie House
The Masucci Family of Wagner Foto Screen Process LLC
Lynnor Art Studio
Brennan & Sons
Honeybee Cupcakes
Pompeii Pizzeria
Samary’s Nail Spa
Orlando’s Painting and Power washing
Joe’s Rotisserie & Pizzeria

*The Roselle 24/7 and Roselle Park 24/7 organization is owned by TAPinto Roselle/Roselle Park Publisher Kathy Lloyd.