December 1, 2012 at 8:25 AM
CALDWELL, NJ - Saturday afternoon, December 1st will be the scene of much excitement around Caldwell. That day, Santa has been scheduled to arrive into town and drive up Bloomfield Avenue on a fire truck. He’ll be leaving the Fire Department at 4:30pm, make his way up the Avenue and end up at 5pm on the Caldwell Green just in time for the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
For years now Tamara Bross, an Administrative Assistant at Town Hall, has overseen the Tree Lighting festivities, “We really want everyone to come out, it’s always such a great time. Santa will leave the firehouse at 4:30pm and parade up Bloomfield Avenue. Families enjoy lining up along the Avenue to wave to Santa as he passes by.”
Upon arriving at the Green, Santa will help to light the tree in a fun atmosphere of Christmas music.
But that’s just the beginning; the real party starts right afterwards in the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department, and Santa is the Guest of Honor. Refreshments will be served, music will be provided by DJ Joe Garamella, and there will be a Tricky Tray with lots of wonderful prizes.
Bross explained, “This will be the 17th year and it’s for a really good cause. Half of the money raised will go to the Caldwell Fire Department Children's Education Fund which provides academic scholarships and the other half will go to the Fire Department itself.”
The Tree Lighting is provided for by the West Caldwell-Caldwell Recreation Department run by Gabe DiMasi. DiMasi reported, "The Christmas Tree lighting events are sponsored by the Recreation Department in cooperation with both Caldwell and West Caldwell Fire Departments. This Saturday the Youth Choir from the Caldwell's First Presbyterian Church will sing a few songs when Santa arrives at the Green."
Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing further explained, "The Caldwell Presbyterian Church will have members of their Westminster Choir, and the High School and Middle School Choirs on hand to entertain us with their entertainment this year. We are thrilled to have them participate!"
The Fire Department's festivities happen right next to the Town Green, it's just a short walk away to their party with Santa. “I would love for people to come out and support the Fire Department who worked so tirelessly during the storm,” commented Caldwell resident Cathy Everett Stieve. "There are lots of wonderful gifts donated by all our favorite local business at the Tricky Tray; people can stop in and take a chance to win or just come by for a quick visit with old St. Nick."
When contacted for a statement, Santa Claus commented, "Oh you better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I'm telling you why! Santa Claus is coming to Caldwell!" and then he laughed a long hearty laugh.
Bross concluded, “I’m really hoping people come out to support the Fire Department - they are 100% volunteer. People might not be aware that during the recent storm, the firemen slept at the firehouse with no heat for 5 days, and every single night and during the day they assisted with the fallen trees and storm emergencies. They were there for our community and it would be great if the community could turn out to support them now.”
For more information:
Caldwell Christmas Celebration
4:30pm - Santa begins Christmas Parade
5pm - Tree Lighting on the Town Green, next to the Library
5:15pm - Christmas Party at the Caldwell Fire House
Caldwell Town Green
268 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
West Caldwell-Caldwell Recreation Department
Director: Gabe DiMasi
5 Fairfield Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department
30 Roseland Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006