WESTFIELD, NJ — Locals braved a cold rain Sunday evening to enjoy the town’s annual holiday tree lighting.
The Westfield Community Band entertained attendees as they awaited the arrival of Santa, who as always, came down Elm Street on one of the town’s fire trucks to greet the public at the train station’s North Avenue parking lot.
“It’s amazing to see so many people who came out to celebrate. A little rain isn’t going to keep us from experiencing the joy of the season,” said Councilwoman Dawn Mackey.
Resident Hozaifa Cassubhai, who attended the event with his 4- and 7-year-old daughters, along with his father Yusuf, agreed.
“This has become an annual tradition for us, so we’re here even in the rain,” he said.
Once Santa arrived with Mrs. Claus, they joined Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle to count down to the tree lighting.
“The weather may be cold, but our hearts are warm,” Brindle said.
The town’s Winter Wonderland festivities were postponed due to the weather, and will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14.