Community Gathers for West Orange Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting

Officers Scott Smarsh, Matullo, and Chris Jacksic. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Petting Zoo. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Rec Director Bill Kehoe and Mayor Rob Parisi. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
WOHS Band Members play carols. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Unique Performance dancers. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Unique Performance Dancers. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Mayor Parisi and children light the tree. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
WOAHO's Deidre Dyson and Renard Barnes man the Kwaanza booth. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Santa arrives. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
A boy's first visit with Santa. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Santa and his helpers. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus delighted children and the West Orange community on Dec. 12.

Musical performances from the West Orange High School Band and dance routines from the Unique Performance Arts Center highlighted the chilly evening's festivities. In addition to the performances, the West Orange African Heritage Organization sponsored a Kwaanza Booth, free Hot Chocolate and cookies were in abundance, and Mayor Parisi and the band led children in carols prior to the tree lighting at 5:45.

Following the tree lighting, West Orange Police ushered Santa to Township Hall in a motorcade, replete with flashing lights, sirens, elves and fire engines.

Santa took his spot in his workshop (aka Council Chambers) as children lined up to meet him, and Town Hall, bedecked in lights, signaled the official start of the holiday season in West Orange.

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