MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Sunday, Dec. 11, is the 4th Annual Holiday Celebration at the Springfield Avenue Gazebo (1688 Springfield Ave.) from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A program of the Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Springfield Avenue Partnership, and sponsored by Meineke Car Care Center, the event will feature cookies, hot chocolate, photos with Santa Claus, a tree lighting ceremony, menorah blessing, and crafts and stories that celebrate different cultural traditions.

There will also be live music, including holiday music performances by Bruno Lee featuring Bet HaSHEM and the Seth Boyden Elementary School Choir.

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“We are excited to celebrate the season with residents, retailers and the Maplewood community for the fourth year at the Gazebo on Springfield Avenue,” said Missi Mancuso, Maplewood’s Director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. “ We look forward to seeing our neighbors and friends joining the festivities as we kick off the holiday season.”

Julie Doran, Springfield Avenue Partnership Director, added, “The Springfield Avenue Partnership is delighted to co-host the Holiday Celebration again this year and would like to thank this year's
sponsor, Meineke Car Care Center located at 1796 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood.”

A full schedule of planned events can be found at The event is free and open to the public.