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Downtown Westfield Celebrates Christmas in July

Children play in the "snow" on Quimby Street. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Children play in the "snow" on Quimby Street. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
People took photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their beach attire. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Little Nest Portraits lead photographer Krisiti Pasoreck and intern Rae Powers take a moment to pose in their studio with Santa. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Quimby Street was closed to traffic. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Town officials and employees got in on the fun. Credits: Downtown Westfield Corporation
Sandboxes instead of cars on Quimby Street. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Children play in the "snow" on Quimby Street. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Children play in the "snow" on Quimby Street. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Registration booth. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Making "ugly" Christmas t-shirts. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
The Valencia School of Music Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Dancing on Quimby Street to music by the Valencia School of Music. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Families enjoyed photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a “snow” machine, ugly Christmas t-shirt decorating, sandboxes, games and more on Quimby Street in Downtown Westfield Sunday during “Christmas in July.”

Performers from the Valencia School of Music invited the audience to sing along to wintry songs including “Ruldolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snow Man.” Shoppers enjoyed in-store promotions around town. 

It was the second event in the Downtown Westfield Corporation’s new “Second Sundays” series, which features a different themed event on the second Sunday of each month.

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Almost 200 families (more than 300 children) pre-registered, according to Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation. The first 50 registrants were given free cookies and t-shirts.

“The day turned out to be beautiful,” said Councilman David Contract, who was checking families in at the registration booth. “It’s great seeing so many people down here.”

Businesses involved included Just Bead Yourself, Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe, Savory Spice Shop, Learning Express, Kilwins, Little Nest Portraits and Columbia Bank.

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