Jersey City Holiday Lighting Ceremony

There’s something magical about a community tree-lighting. (Or, in the case of Jersey City, a Holiday Lighting. We see your tree and we raise you one menorah.) The event takes an over-shopped and/or religious ritual and flips it into a few hours of goodwill for all, song, and festival. It’s one of those rare moments when we can all stand around ooohing and ahhhing over a twinkling, sparkling, and very public symbol of celebration and gratitude. It’s lovely to bring private joy into the town square.

Tomorrow evening, in that spirit, the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID) is hosting the ceremony at the Pedestrian Mall from 5-6pm. It’s gonna be a big night – the mayor is coming and so is Santa. Matty D is bringing his guitar, and McNair High School will be performing too. According to the HDSID, they’re planning the actual lighting around 5:15-5:30, so if you have young children (and therefore limited time) that might be good to know.

Plan on noshing there – the Farmer’s Market will be on, as will the Holiday Market. Parking is on-street. Bring a stroller if you need one, you might have to walk a few blocks.

Need more holiday?

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Mel Kozakiewicz a professor, editor, writer, and mother of two.

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