While the COVID-19 pandemic rages across Hudson County, and the holidays have come and gone with less vigor and cheer, the focus remains on stopping the virus and saving lives.
Spreading holiday cheer
Mayor Michael Gonnelli, the Town Council, and the Fire Department have invited Santa Claus to Secaucus. Santa will take a tour of the town and pick up children’s requests for the holiday season.
Santa will ride atop a Secaucus Fire Truck at the following schedule. Residents are encouraged to go outside and wave to Santa as he passes by.
Starting Dec. 5 at 3 p.m., Santa will begin driving around town with the Fire Department.
Following Santa’s first visit on Dec. 5, he will join Gonnelli and the Town Council for a virtual tree lighting streamed on https://secaucusnj.gov/santa. A complete list of directions will be posted on the web page ahead of each visit.
On Dec. 10, Santa will be aboard Engine 3 from 6 to 8 p.m., riding down County and Centre to Fifth St.
On Dec. 12, Santa will ride on Engine 2 from 4 to 9 p.m. visiting the North End.
On Dec. 13, Santa will be aboard Engine 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., riding down Harper from 1st to 3rd Avenue, and First St. to Fourth St.
On Dec. 16, Santa will ride on Engine 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. visiting Washington Avenue to Louis St. and Xchange.
And on Dec. 19, Santa will finish his visit to Secaucus aboard Tower 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. riding down Fourth St. to Tenth St.
The town held a similar event in April, featuring the Easter Bunny.
Light decoration contest
While the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in the center of town will be virtual this year, the Annual Holiday Lighting Competition will continue to be in full swing.
Residents are encouraged to decorate their front yards and or exterior of homes with creative, festive, colorful holiday décor and lights.
A panel of residents will select the best decorations in three categories. The categories this year are “Martha Stewart,” “Clark Griswold,” and “Best Block.”
The competition runs from Dec. 10 to 24. Winners will be announced at the January Town Council meeting. There is no need to register, just decorate.
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