Santa Claus coming to town for Mantoloking Tree Lighting

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MANTOLOKING — ‘Tis the season for the borough’s annual Tree Lighting ceremony.

This year’s festivities, complete with Christmas carols and a visit from the man in red himself, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. on Downer Avenue.

“This event has always been important to the town because we are a close community, so enjoying the Christmas celebration together would be a natural thing for us to do,” said Councilman Lance White.

After the tree is lighted, residents and guests are invited back to the Mantoloking firehouse to sing along to Christmas classics and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa.

“We have refreshments of all kinds; there is the singing of Christmas carols and we have a visit from Santa who arrives via one of our firetrucks,” Councilman White said.

“On top of that we have a beautiful tree with many decorations. It’s pretty much guaranteed that if you come once you will return next year and each year thereafter.”

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