WESTFIELD, NJ — Initially set to coincide with the town’s annual Christmas tree lighting but delayed due to soggy winter weather, a slate of holiday festivities has been moved due to weather again, this time to Sunday.
The public is encouraged to wear “ugly holiday” sweaters and meet on the South Avenue side of the Westfield train station for an afternoon of holiday cheer to include a showing of the 30-minute film “An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf,” a movie written by Westfield resident Kenneth Waddell, the Downtown Westfield Corporation announced.
There will also be a walk-in snow globe where families can take photos under faux snow, the DWC said.
“I love the snow globe,” said Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, the council's liaison to the DWC. “Everyone can take holiday photos in it. I’m excited to have a redo since the tree lighting was a rain out. The ‘Elf on the Shelf’ movie is a favorite of mine and was written by local residents Ken Waddell. His daughter sings in the movie. We have tons of prizes, free cookies to decorate if you wear your ugly sweater and lots of fun surprises.”
Activities will include the following 4 p.m. — 5:15 p.m., the DWC announced:
- Candy cane pull ― 25 families will win a prize
- DJ spinning holiday tunes
- Gingerbread cookie decorating
- Walk-in snow globe for family photos
- Kilwin’s hot cocoa
- Meet Chippey the Elf and Westfield’s own resident and writer of the movie, “An Elf's Story,” Kenneth Waddell
- Ugly holiday sweater group photos
“An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf” will play outdoors from 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring chairs and chairs.