FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Municipal Alliance and recreation department recently kicked off the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting and Winter Wonderland.  

Mayor James Gasparini and members of the township council thanked the Fairfield Municipal Alliance and Recreation Department for sponsoring the evening's event along with all the volunteers and sponsors that made it all possible.

"Volunteers and sponsors efforts made this evening possible and very successful," said Gasparini. 

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Children from the Fairfield Recreations Busy Hands program, directed by Christine Grasso and Kelly Hricko, sang "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," and Fairfield Recreation King and Queen, Drew Lodgek and Siena Castelli, introduced Santa Clause, who rode in on a Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department fire truck and led the lighting of the Christmas Tree. 

Outside, the Fairfield Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland included horse-and-carriage rides, an ​iceless ice-skating rink, a Polar Extreme, a Mechanical Reindeer, a Polar Express train, Gingerbread & Snowman Bounce Houses and a game trailer.

Guests were greeted by holiday carolers, ice-sculpture carvers, strolling characters, a balloon artist and face painters as they visited the Interactive Snow Globe for family pictures and enjoyed the pretzels, roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and hot dogs that were made available. Guests also had an opportunity to take photos with Santa at the Indoor Café, where coffee, pastries and cookies were served.

Santa also joined the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department for the annual Santa Run on Sunday, where Santa rode throughout town handing out candy after also greeting residents Saturday at the Fairfield VFW Post 7925 and Fairfield Police Department's pancake breakfast.

The public was invited to the VFW on Plymouth Street to enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus after dropping off donations for “Toys for Tots."

Steven D’Argenio, a Fairfield police officer and former marine who has been involved with “Toy for Tots” for six years, announced that thousands of toys have been collected in Fairfield this year. D’Argenio can be seen in the photos above with his wife, Katie, and their children, Colton and Emma.

Knights of Columbus Fairfield Council #6380 also invited the community for Breakfast with Santa on Sunday in O’Connor Hall at St. Thomas More Parish. 

Residents are encouraged to Email any photos from these events to dsantola@tapinto.net to be included in this album.