BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The annual Christmas Eve singalong has been held every year in downtown Basking Ridge despite snow, cold, sleet, ice, fog or rain conditions. Many current and former residents cite the carol sing as one of the highlights of growing up in Basking Ridge.
The annual Christmas Eve Community Sing will again be held at 7 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 24, on the Basking Ridge green.
The event will be preceded by the ringing of the church bells at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and Bishop Janes United Methodist, both churches along the green.
Everyone in the community is invited to gather at the green starting about 6:45 p.m. to pick up the song sheets.
After a prelude by the brass ensemble under the direction of Greg Lane, Bill Corson will lead the singing of traditional carols accompanied by the all-volunteer brass choir.
Here is a video of the crowd doing a joyous version of "Joy to the World" on Christmas Eve 2016.
Anyone interested in joining the brass ensemble may meet with Lane at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve in Westminster Hall at The Presbyterian Church, at 1 E. Oak St. in Basking Ridge.
Some carolers bring a flashlight to read music
It is suggested that carolers bring a flashlight in order to read the song sheets.
In addition to their morning Sunday Services, many of the local churches have additional Christmas Eve worship services planned before and after the sing, including:
· Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church: 4:30 p.m. children’s service; 7:35 p.m. family service; 10 p.m. candlelight service
· Bishop Janes United Methodist Church: 6 p.m. family service; 7:45 p.m. candlelight carol service; 11 p.m. candlelight communion service
· St. James Roman Catholic Church: 4 p.m. chapel, 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight in the church; 11 p.m. Choral Concert
· St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 5 p.m. Christmas Eve Service,with music beginning at 4:30 p.m.; and 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service, with music beginning at 10:30 p.m.
· Liberty Corner Church: 7p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m. traditional service in sanctuary with candlelight, carols, scriptures and carols, and music of the choir
· Millington Baptist Church: 5 p.m. candlelight service
· Somerset Hills Baptist Church: 5 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight service
· Somerset Hills Lutheran Church: 3:30 p.m. families with children worship; 5:30 p.m. candlelight worship
The following persons serve on the general committee: The Rev. Msgr Sylvester J. Cronin Pastor Bob Erbig, the Rev. John Grieg, the Rev. Ted Harvey, the Rev. Anne Havrilla, the Rev. Dennis Jones, the Rev. Rick Morley and the Rev. Dr. Eunice Vega-Perez.
A standing committee of support for the event includes: Bill Corson, Jennifer Curran, George Fricke, Sally and Ron Horan, Gregory Lane, Daniel Williamson, Wyman Wong, Dan Zugale and Sing Coordinator Jim Felter.