MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Although without its usual fanfare and exuberant crowds due to the pandemic, the Maplewood Christmas tree is lit.

John James, president of the Maplewood Village Alliance, said words of welcome and thanks to Mayor Frank McGehee, Dickens Village coordinator Ellen Davenport, also a former Maplewood mayor, and the committee who organized the decorations. The public was asked to drive by or park and view the ceremony due to rising coronavirus cases locally and across the state.

Earlier in the day, families visited Dickens Village after the weather cleared midday. “As soon as it stopped raining we decided to come down here,” said Cat Colman of Maplewood. She and Tom Lawrie and their kids came into the Village just to see the display. “Our kids needed to get out,” said Colman, as the kids, ages 3 and 5, had fun looking into the miniature windows at the dioramas that generations of locals have enjoyed.

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