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.