MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The weather cooperated on Sunday, Dec. 13 for the third annual Springfield Avenue Holiday Celebration on the grounds of the Springfield Avenue Gazebo. 

This Maplewood tradition was enjoyed by crowds of people who came out to listen to live music, visit with Santa and celebrate the tree lighting.

The Seth Boyden Elementary School chorus performed and there was also live music with Bruno Lee, featuring Bet HaSHEM and a holiday dance performance with the Inspirational Dance Company.

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At the Hilton Branch Library, children participated in crafts and listened to holiday stories.

The event ended with the lighting of the Christmas tree and a Menorah blessing, with Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca.

A Hanukkah menorah and Kwanzaa kinara are on display at the Hilton Branch Library. Both were handcrafted and donated by Vinnie Manno, owner of Maplewood Meineke at 1796 Springfield Ave.

Many Maplewood officials were at the event, including Mayor DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Kathy Leventhal, and newly elected Maplewood Township members Greg Lembrich and Nancy Adams.

This Springfield Avenue Holiday Celebration is presented by the Township of Maplewood’s Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs & The Springfield Avenue Partnership and sponsored by the Wine Barrel, 1886 Springfield Avenue.