12/05/2013 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Annual Kearny Tree Lighting Festival
12/05/2013 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
KEARNY – Residents are invited to kick off the holidays and celebrate the season at the Annual Kearny KUEZ Holiday Tree Lighting Festival on Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. outside Town Hall on Kearny Avenue.
The popular town-wide tradition begins at 5:30 p.m. on the steps of Town Hall with a holiday concert featuring local performers of all ages. This year’s lineup includes the Washington School Chorus (under the direction of Scott Burzynski); Franklin School Chorus (under the direction of Denise Mitchell); West Hudson Arts & Theater Company Singers; the Kearny High School Brass Ensemble (under the Direction of Ed Garguilo); and a preview of the W.H.A.T. production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” which opens March 2014!
At 6:30 p.m. Santa arrives to help Mayor Alberto G. Santos, along with members of the Town Council light the Kearny Holiday Tree. “Santa’s arrival is certainly one of the highlights of the night,” said KUEZ coordinator John Peneda. “You can feel the excitement of the children build as we approach that moment when he steps out the front doors of Town Hall and joins the Mayor to light our tree!”
BRING YOUR CAMERAS FOR PHOTOS WITH SANTA
The festivities then move immediately to Town Hall Park. Santa, joined by Mrs. Claus and their elves, will be on hand for children (12 and under) to visit until 9 p.m. Parents are reminded to BRING THEIR CAMERAS for photos. Santa will be handing out early holiday gifts and goodies (while supplies last.)
The merry making continues throughout the park with free events and activities until 9 p.m. “We have more happening this year than ever before thanks to the amazing support from both the KUEZ business community and local civic organizations”, noted Peneda.
Activities (limited to children 12 and under unless otherwise noted) include:
Balloon Art sponsored by Professional Environment Systems
Take home a piece of air-filled art!
Face Painting sponsored by Professional Environment Systems
Fantasy, fun and fabulous face creations!
Giant Coloring Mural sponsored by Oasis Painting Co.
Kids can create and color a giant mural. Families can also enter a sweepstakes from Oasis; the grand prize is the painting of 2 rooms in your home (walls and trim) by their professional staff.
Crafts Booth sponsored by the Girl Scouts
Create a holiday craft with the Girl Scouts; while you are there, find out more about Girl Scouting here in Kearny and sign up for a local troop!
Giant Post Card to Santa sponsored by the Kearny Public Library
Kids can add their name to a larger-than-life post card to the North Pole! The Library will also be selling copies of the Kearny Farmer’s Market Cookbook. Children and adults can also sign up for Library cards.
Sandy Candy Art sponsored by Midtown Pharmacy
Kids can make tubes of sand art with a twist – it’s edible! The staff of Midtown Pharmacy will also be at the booth with an assortment of holiday gifts and goods for sale.
Magic Reindeer Food sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club of Arlington
Make reindeer food to sprinkle outside for Rudolf and friends to enjoy while Santa makes his deliveries!
Snowmen Photo Cut Out sponsored by West Hudson Arts & Theater Company
Pop your head through the cutout and voila, you are a snowman! Fun holiday photo op for the whole family! W.H.A.T. will also be selling tickets to its next production “A Christmas Carol” which opens December 6th.
Magic Show sponsored by the West Hudson South Bergen Optimist Club
The Optimists, “Friend of Youth”, are sponsoring an amazing magic show for the whole family!
Spa Fun sponsored by Sajonia D’Light Spa
The talented staff from Sajonia will be offering free manicures for children and mini back massages for adults!
Frosty’s Dance Party sponsored by River Terminal Development and Rosa Agency
Kids can dance the night away at a special dance party with Frosty the Snowman.
Fire Safety and Info sponsored by the Kearny Fire Department
Members of the KFD will be on hand distributing coloring books, children’s fire hats and more. A spectacular KFD pump and ladder truck will also be parked on Kearny Avenue, which kids can explore with the firefighters.
Also at the Festival will be the Salvation Army providing cups of hot chocolate, The Observer newspaper, H & R Block, the Kearny Police Department and the Kearny Emergency Rescue Squad. Members of the Kearny High School ERASE club will also return as volunteers in a variety of roles at the Festival. And don’t forget that Santa’s Sled will be parked in front of the park throughout the evening for photo ops with visitors!
Please note: Kearny Avenue will be closed between Liberty Street and Quincy Avenue throughout the event.
“The Tree Lighting Festival is always a wonderful start to the season,” said Mayor Santos. “I encourage all residents to come out and enjoy the holidays here in Kearny.”
Sponsored by the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone (KUEZ) and Mayor Alberto G. Santos and Council. Visit www.kearnynj.org for more information or like the KUEZ Facebook page.
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