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Holiday Traditions Return to Fanwood in 2016

Luminary Sales begin on Dec. 3 at the Fanwood Municipal Garage (270 North Ave.)
Lions Club/Fire Dept. Christmas Tree Sale in La Grande Park
Mayor Colleen Mahr will light Fanwood's tree on Dec. 4. Credits: John Mooney
Credits: Jon Joshua

FANWOOD, NJ -- While the temperatures are still in the 60s and Thanksgiving is next week, Fanwood has announced its schedule of Holiday Season events. 

Lions Club/Fire Dept. Tree Sale (Dec. 1 start)
Fanwoodians looking for a nice, fresh Christmas tree for the living room need look no further than LaGrande Park’s annual Fire Department/Lions Club tree sale which begins Thursday, Dec. 1. Hours are  6:30 – 9:00 p.m on weekdays and Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. All profits are donated to charities including local schools and scholarships. Plain and decorated wreaths will also be available. Volunteers will be on hand to trim the bottom of the tree trunk, bundle the tree and carry it to your car.

Rotary Club Luminary Sale (Dec. 3, 10, 17, and 24)
On Saturday, Dec. 3, the annual Luminary Sale Fanwood Municipal Garage (270 North Ave.) will begin and continue subsequent Saturdays: Dec. 10 and 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the final Christmas Eve sale on Dec. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Holiday Celebration/Tree Lighting (Dec. 4)
Fanwood’s holiday season officially begins when Santa Claus arrives in town on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to meet Santa under the big tent on the lawn in front of the North Ave. Train Station and 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 Holiday Celebration concludes at 5:00 p.m. when Mayor Colleen Mahr lights the Fanwood town tree on the train station lawn. The event is sponsored by the Fanwood Recreation Commission.

Tiny Tim Carol Night (Dec. 7)
On the evening on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m., carolers supporting the Tiny Tim Fund will be singing their hearts out and spreading peace, joy, and love to all ears that are open to them! Residents, be sure to leave an outdoor light on so that our community songbirds will know that they are welcome at your doorstep. No voice will be denied a holiday song booklet and no age is too young or too old to participate! This annual event is truly a family affair: “The more carolers on the streets, the merrier!” jested, Barbara Avilo, President of the non-profit corporation founded in 1983 and operated throughout Scotch Plains – Fanwood. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

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