SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains hosts its annual holiday celebration on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Alan Augustine Village Green, adjacent to the Municipal Building.

The Cultural Arts Committee and the Scotch Plains Business & Professional Association are co-hosting the event, featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, tree decorating, face painting, free hot chocolate and pastries (courtesy of the Scotch Plains Volunteer Firefighters Association).

Residents can also visit Santa from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. inside the gazebo on the corner of Front Street and Park Ave. The tree lighting will take place promptly at 5:00 p.m.

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Fanwood's annual Holiday Party begins when Santa Claus visits on Sunday, Dec. 6, starting at 3:00 p.m., to talk with the children under the big tent on the lawn in front on the North Ave. side of the Fanwood train station. Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music, holiday crafts and refreshments — all for free.

Children who stop by to say hello to Santa will get a free photograph of their visit with him. Children can also enter contests and win prizes. The celebration concludes at 5:00 p.m. when Mayor Colleen Mahr lights the Fanwood town tree on the train station lawn. This event is sponsored by the Fanwood Recreation Commission.