Holidaze: Rumson-Fair Haven Area Tree Lightings

Haul out the holly. It’s time to light up the Rumson-Fair Haven area with holiday trees, Santa visits and festivities for all to kick off that time of the year.

It all starts on Friday evening …

Fair Haven’s annual tree lighting at Memorial Park, on the corner of River and Fair Haven roads, kicks the season off at 5 p.m. with a gathering, Santa’s traditional arrival via firetruck, a tree lighting at 6 p.m., song, fun and games for kids and a holiday stroll through the business district. There will be hot chocolate, treats, raffles and assorted surprises at each business for hometown holiday shopping pleasure. (Check the map.)

The event runs through 7:30 p.m.

And on Sunday …

Rumson’s annual tree lighting and festivities come to Victory Park starting at 5 p.m. with music by Tim McLoone and the Shirleys, the RFH Tower Singers and Deane-Porter’s third grade chorus.

There will be snacks and hot chocolate and, of course, Santa and the official lighting of the tree.

And over the bridge in Sea Bright …

The annual tree lighting will take place in the borough’s municipal parking lot by the beach at 6 p.m.

Following the tree lighting, Mrs. Claus will make an appearance across the street at the United Methodist Church to give out some gifts and refreshments to the kids.