The City of Hoboken hosted its annual Christmas tree lighting on Thursday Dec. 7 at 5 p.m., rescheduled from a rainy Tuesday.
The change in schedule didn’t deter the attendees who crowded the holiday event in front of City Hall at 94 Washington St.
On a stage was Elvis the Elf, A.K.A. Polka Dot, who emceed the festivities. Local children from Cheer Dynamics, All Saints Episcopal Day School, Studio L, the Garden Street School of Performing Arts, and the Hoboken Girl Scouts performed songs, skits, and dances.
At the end of the evening, officials lit the tree and Santa Claus made an appearance with Mrs. Claus.
Hoboken’s holiday events didn’t end with the tree lighting. Hoboken’s Holiday Banding Concert will take place on Sunday Dec. 17 at Maxwell’s Tavern at 1039 Washington St at 5:30 p.m. The concert will include favorite classic holiday songs performed by local musicians as well as new originals. Performers include Abbe Rivers, Jack Skuller (of The Skullers), Deena & Jon of The Cucumbers, Las Vandelays, Lloyd United, Gene D. Plumber, Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Elena & Boo of Demolition String Band, The Gordys, Bianca Bob, Ed Fogarty, Tom Vincent and The Hoboken Holiday House Band, and more. The event costs $10. The proceeds will go to support Hoboken’s Movie Under the Stars Summer Series.
The same evening, the city is hosting the Annual Grand Menorah Lighting at 6 p.m. outside of City Hall at 94 Washington St.
According to the city’s website, the free event will include Sufganiyot (donuts), Levivot (Latkes), dreidels, light up necklaces, chocolate gelt, and music.
Marilyn Baer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.