SUMMIT, NJ - You could say it was sort of a passing of the torch on Sunday night.
Current Summit Mayor Jordan Glatt helped light the City Christmas Tree on Sunday night in one of his final duties. Then he handed over the megaphone to Mayor-elect Ellen Dickson in one of her first duties since she was elected last month.
"Is everybody having a good time?" asked Glatt. "I would like to thank everybody that has come out tonight."
Before handing over the megaphone to Dickson, Glatt made a light reference to the city's recent struggles after the Halloween weekend storm when he said "If the tree does not light up we can blame JCP&L."
And it was Dickson who announced the countdown to the tree lighting, with a “Five, four, three, two, one,“ before the bright white lights went on to the more than 15-foot tree.
On Sunday night though it was not politics, but just fun, singing, and of course good old St. Nick, courtesy of the Summit Downtown Inc., that brought it all together.
The jolly old man arrived on Sunday afternoon via helicopter on the top of the Summit YMCA, just across from the Village Green where the tree lighting took place.
Children and their parents waited in line to get a chance to talk to Santa and tell them what they want for Christmas, which is just three weeks away. The Summit High School Chamber Choir sang carols to help get the hundreds of city residents ready for the lighting.
The students crooned tunes like "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Let it Snow," and "Oh, Christmas Tree." There were also ice sculptures that children peeked through while the Summit Police Athletic League was handing out coffee and hot chocolate to the kids and the adults.
Summit Downtown Inc. will be having more holiday events during the season. To find out more about the season check out their website at www.summitdowntown.org.