RPOXBURY, NJ -The Township of Roxbury has a lot of fun lined up for its 5th annual Home for the Holidays street festival on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A team of volunteers has been meeting for months and has new entertainment and activities planned for the day.
Main Street in Succasunna will be closed to traffic at Hillside and Hunter streets for this fun holiday block party. More than 75 vendors and crafters will line both sides of the street, offering a broad variety of unique hand-crafted items for holiday shoppers.
Activities will go on both outside and inside the Roxbury Public Library and the two churches next door.
One of the favorite attractions at Home for the Holidays is the free carriage rides with jingle-belled horses.
But the star of the day has to be Santa. Jolly Old St. Nick will arrive by fire truck at a little past noon, will walk up and down Main Street greeting the crowd, then go inside the library for “Santa Land” – where families can have photos taken with him for only $5, with all proceeds benefiting Roxbury Social Services.
You can enjoy live entertainment all day. The Roxbury Community Jazz Band - under the direction of Bob Williams -will play holiday tunes inside the Presbyterian Church as will brass and woodwind ensembles from the Roxbury High School band.
Singers from the high school’s Classic Sounds Honors Choir will stroll up and down Main Street singing holiday songs. Two dance groups will perform:– the Wick-Hegarty School of Irish Dance and, new to the event, the FutureSTEP Tap Company.
And the kids from Morris County EduCare will perform their favorite holiday songs while wearing little green elf hats.
One of the new activities planned this year is an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest. Wear yours and enter the contest by the Gazebo. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. and prizes include tickets to “The Velveteen Rabbit,” tickets to a Roxbury Arts Alliance show, a fresh holiday wreath and gift cards for free pizzas.
Another new thing to do at Home for the Holidays: Inside the Presbyterian Church longtime Roxbury resident (and Fire Co. # 1 member) Charlie Alpaugh will tell stories about “Growing up in Roxbury.” His tales of the past will have you either laughing or in wide-eyed disbelief.
Come hungry; there will be eight food trucks parked in the Methodist Church parking lot offering empanadas, hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cake, lobster rolls, crab cake sandwiches, gourmet sliders, Cuban sandwiches, gourmet tacos, grilled cheese, cupcakes and more.
For those who’d like to sit and snack, stop inside the warm Presbyterian Church’s bakery café for homemade sweet treats, hot chocolate and hot mulled cider. The Methodist Church will also have hot soup, bread pudding and hot drinks inside.
There will be plenty of free fun activities to keep kids entertained. Home Depot will have woodcrafts inside the library. There will be a puppet show and a scavenger hunt called “Santa Lost His 12 Reindeer” with prizes to win. The library will have holiday book readings and craft activities. Kids can meet costumed characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen”. And also new this year will be a balloon decorated photo booth and face painting.
This fun festival is a great way to kick off the holiday season, spend time with your family, get some holiday shopping done and enjoy the great community that is the Township of Roxbury.
Free parking with shuttle vans is available at the Franklin and Roosevelt School parking lots as well as St. Therese Church’s parking lot.
Handicapped parking is available at 109 Main St. (next door to library). For additional information, please see the event’s website www.roxburynj.us/holidays and Facebook page: Home for the Holidays Roxbury NJ, or call Michele O’Halloran at Town Hall - (973) 448-2002.