Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
KEARNY, NJ – ‘Tis the season to celebrate at the Annual Kearny KUEZ Holiday Tree Lighting Festival on Thursday, November 29th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The immensely popular town-wide tradition begins at 5:30 p.m. on the steps of Town Hall with a holiday concert featuring local performers of all ages.  This year the lineup includes the Dancers from Next Step Dance Company, local performers James Berko and recording artist Tatiana, the cast from the West Hudson Arts & Theater Company (W.H.A.T.) production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Hudson County Charter School’s 3rd Grade Chorus and more!
At 6:30 p.m. Santa arrives to help Mayor Alberto G. Santos, along with members of the Town Council light the Kearny Holiday Tree. “Santa’s arrival is definitely one of the highlights of the night,” said KUEZ coordinator John Peneda. 
The festivities then immediately move  to Town Hall Park where Santa, joined by Mrs. Claus and their elves, will be on hand for photo ops with children (12 and under) until 8:30 p.m.  Parents are reminded to BRING THEIR CAMERAS for photos.  Santa will be handing out holiday gifts and goodies (while supplies last.)
The merry making continues throughout the park with free events and activities until 8:30 p.m.  “We have more happening this year than ever before thanks to the amazing support from both the KUEZ business community and local civic organizations”, noted Peneda.  
Activities (limited to children 12 and under unless otherwise noted) include:
Jingle Bell Stage sponsored by River Terminal Development 
On stage will be local entertainers, games of trivia and appearances by popular princesses and more! Kids can also dance the night away at a special dance party with Frosty and join in a special Holiday Sing Along!
Life Sized Snow Globe sponsored by Provident Bank
It’s the return of this AMAZING attraction!  Make some merry memories in this amazing life-sized Snow Globe. Also visit with the staff from Provident Bank for special gifts and goodies.
Holiday Sand Art sponsored by Midtown Pharmacy
Kids can make holiday trees with sand art! 
Face Painting sponsored by Kearny Bank
Put on a happy holiday ‘painted’ face! And take some home gifts and goodies from the staff at Kearny Bank!
Princess Meet & Greet sponsored by the Rosa Agency
Stop by for a meet and greet and photo with Belle, Anna & Elsa!
Balloon Art sponsored by HVAC Services, LLC
Take home a piece of air-filled art
Face Painting sponsored by ShopRite of Kearny
Fantasy, fun and fabulous face creations for the kids! Plus, enter for a free raffle, compliments of ShopRite of Kearny!
Holiday Craft Making sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club of Arlington
Make a beautiful, custom craft for the holiday season. 
Holiday Photo Booth sponsored by Holsman Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Say Cheese!  Have fun in the holiday-themed photo booth and bring home a festive memory.
 “A Charlie Brown Christmas” sponsored by the West Hudson Arts & Theater Company
Take a photo in Snoopy’s dog house.  Decorated for the holidays! W.H.A.T. will also be selling tickets to its next production, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” 
Magic Reindeer Food sponsored by the Girl Scouts
Make reindeer food to sprinkle outside for Rudolf and friends while Santa makes his deliveries!
“Crusin’ into Christmas” sponsored by Next Step School of Dance
Take photos with a giant costumed TIki! Bird! Next Step will also be selling tickets to its upcoming production ”Crusin’ into Christmas.”
Holiday Crafts sponsored by the Kearny Scouts Unit 305
Join the Boy Scouts and make a holiday craft to take home!
Magic Show sponsored by the West Hudson South Bergen Optimist Club
The Optimists, “Friend of Youth”, are sponsoring another amazing magic show for the whole family!
Make a Jingle Bell Necklace sponsored by the Kearny Public Library 
Children and adults can also sign up for Library cards and take home free books!
Holiday Safety Info sponsored by the Kearny Fire Department
Members of the KFD will be on hand distributing coloring books, children’s fire hats and more. A spectacular KFD pump and ladder truck will also be parked on Kearny Avenue, which kids can explore with the firefighters.
The KUEZ will also be on hand with their annual Toy Raffle; they will also be distributing free 2019 Town of Kearny Calendars. Visit the Kearny PBA table for some free hot chocolate and donuts. Food will also be on sale from a number of vendors including KUEZ member business. And don’t forget that Santa’s Sled will be parked in front of the park throughout the evening for photo ops with visitors! 
Please note: Kearny Avenue will be closed between Liberty Street and Quincy Avenue throughout the event. The event is rain or shine.
Sponsored by the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone (KUEZ) and Mayor Alberto G. Santos and Council.  Visit www.kearnynj.org or like the KUEZ Facebook page for more information.
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