Sea Girt kicks off holiday season with tree lighting

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Children dance around as the tree is lit as the Borough of Sea Girt held its annual traditional tree lighting at the Plaza with music by the Sea Girt Elementary School Band along with dancers from East Coast Dance Company and ice sculptor Kevin O'Malley and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Clause on Monday December 3,2018. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE COAST STAR)

SEA GIRT — The holiday spirit was palpable as jolly residents flocked to The Plaza on Monday for carols, dancing and the illumination of the Sea Girt Christmas tree.

The seasonal rite featured entertainment and good cheer for all who attended. Bonfires in metal cans were featured, courtesy of the Sea Girt Fire Company, to keep the guests warm on the nippy evening, and hot chocolate was provided by Ray’s Cafe to warm hands and stomachs.

Classic Christmas carols were played by the Sea Girt Elementary School Band, led by Sea Girt music teacher Martin Mundie. Small jingle bells were provided to children by the borough to jingle along with the classic tunes.

Mayor Ken Farrell gave an introduction speech, thanking all who had made the night possible.

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