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Kringle, Jingle and Mingle: Summit Celebrates Together at Town Tree Lighting Ceremony

Summit is aglow as the town gathers to celebrate the holiday season. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Santa climbs aboard his big red sled. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
In the cab with Saint Nick. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Everybody got in the holiday spirit. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
With a wave, Santa made his arrival. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
... Hopped out of the big red rig... Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
... was greeted by Mayor Radest and event attendees all bathed in a sea of red light. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
The Town Holiday Tree is alight. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
This young man was first in line to meet Mr. Claus. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Ice artistry on display. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Kids of all ages formed a line to meet The North Pole's most famous resident. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Hot cocoa and sweet treats from the Summit PAL on a frosty, windy night. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Mayor Radest visits with those who were patiently waiting to meet Santa. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Ice... thrice. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Holiday lights glow through frozen artwork. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Making a custom cookie is serious business. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - On an appropriately and seasonably chilly, blustery night, Summit did what it does best -- gather together to celebrate the sense of community that makes the town a special place. On this occasion, they were joined by an out-of-towner but, in true Hilltop City tradition, Summit residents welcomed the visitor as if he was one of their own.

Of course, this wasn't just any visitor, it was Father Christmas himself. Kris Kringle. Pere Noel. Saint Nicholas, Ded Moroz. Bobba Natale.

It was Santa Claus, and he rode to the Village Green on a big red sled, but not his usual mode of transport, rather the chosen sleigh was Summit Fire Department Engine #3.

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Arriving at the Green, he was welcomed by Mayor Nora Radest and joined the City's top elected official to push the button that lit the 'Town Tree'.

Holiday tunes from World of Rock filled the air, ice sculptures were carved on the spot, and the large crowd that had gathered to meet and greet Santa sipped hot chocolate and enjoyed goodies provided by the Summit Police Athletic League.

On Maple Street, which was closed by the Summit Police Department for the event, non-profits collected winter hats and gloves and provided and opportunity for citizens to send their messages of support to members of the military, veterans, and their families via the Red Cross 'Holiday for Heroes' program, which enables Americans to “Give Something That Means Something” this holiday season and other holidays year-round through a variety of activities.

As Jeslyn Wheeless of the Summit Free Public Library concluded her reading of Clement Clark Moore's A Visit from St. Nicholas, better know as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, the event drew to a close, the final words of the classic holiday poem serving as the ideal cap to the evening.

"And to All, a Good Night."

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