Elizabeth Avenue---For the second straight year, the weather held out long enough for the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) to host yet another festive and fun-filled Tree-Lighting Ceremony to officially kick off the holiday shopping season in Elizabeth.
After a day-long wintry mix of rain and snow, the skies cleared just in time for Santa to ride down Elizabeth Avenue in a horse-drawn wagon accompanied by children from the 3rd Westminster Presbyterian Churchs - Institute of Music - who caroled their way down the Avenue to Union Square Plaza.
Upon their arrival, the choir called, Harmonies under the direction of Leslie Sims and their instructor, Terell Carr, caroled their way to the tree with holiday favorites such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bell Rock, Oh Christmas Tree and Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.
After the songs, Mayor Chris Bollwage and members of City Council joined the EAP and local children for the infamous countdown to light the tree which lit up the evening sky to a loud round of applause and cheers. DJ Robb of Colorblind Productions played holiday music while children and adults alike danced to the festive beat.
The EAP also unveiled a Santas Mailbox where children can place letters and receive a return letter from the North Pole before Christmas. The Mailbox will be located at Union Square Plaza until Saturday, December 21st.
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