WAYNE, NJ – On Thursday, December 5, the Wayne Township Christmas Tree was lit, officially ringing in the Christmas season.

A huge crowd gathered on the beautiful, but chilly evening outside of the Wayne Municipal complex to enjoy free hot chocolate and gaze at the dazzlingly bright lighted trucks provided by The Salamone Brothers and the Wayne Fire Companies.

A DJ played the holiday hits before the Wayne Hills High School Chamber Choir took over the entertainment singing beautiful Christmas Carols.

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Mayor Vergano spoke briefly with Town Councilmembers, David Varano, Aileen Rivera, Jonathan Ettman, Joe Scuralli and Franco Mazzei flanking him. The Mayor thanked the Wayne Recreation Department for putting the event together as well as the sponsors before urging the children to call for Santa louder and louder. 

Santa must’ve heard because he responded to their cries, riding in on a Wayne Fire Truck with sirens blazing almost as loud as the children's excited screams.

Jolly old Saint Nick waded through a crowd of children and like the pied piper led them all to the warmth of the Wayne Public Library where a line of children began to weave its way through the library and around the stacks to keep everybody inside where it was warm.

Each child got to meet with Santa, pose for pictures, tell what they wanted for Christmas and then received a gift and candy cane that were brought by the Wayne YMCA.

For those who celebrate the holiday, Christmas has come to Wayne.