STAFFORD - The community is invited to gather on Thursday, Dec. 8, to share in the Lights of Life event at Southern Ocean Medical Center, now a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family. The annual Lights of Life tree lighting program will take place at 5:30 p.m. near the Margaret C. Reynolds Arboretum and inside the Beach Plum Cafeteria, located on Southern Ocean Medical Center’s main campus on Route 72 West in Manahawkin.

Adding to the seasonal fun will be performances by local choral groups, a visit from Santa Claus, and other holiday treats. Lights of Life is free, and open to the public.