Santa Claus came to town in Lavallette Friday night, given a lift by the borough’s volunteer firefighters to town hall, as part of the town’s annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
Dozens of children gathered around the Christmas tree to sing carols, led by Councilman Anita Zalom, who tickled the (keyboard) ivories and got the excitement of the season flowing. The borough’s annual holiday display was fully live, with snowflakes hanging from lightpoles, wreaths adorning town hall and the historic clock decked out for the occasion.
After Santa Claus made his appearance and the tree was lit with bright colors, the crowd headed inside borough hall for some sweets, courtesy of the town’s police officers.
The seasonal celebration will continue this weekend, with activities planned by the Lavallette Business Association. “Hometown Christmas Weekend” will be celebrated at businesses up and down Route 35 on Saturday, with appearances by Santa Claus, horse-and-carriage rides (from borough hall to Lenny’s, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday) and other activities as seen in the flyer below.