HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Hundreds of people turned out Friday night to kick off the Hackettstown Business Improvement District‘s Hometown Holiday event, which runs through Sunday, December 5.
The event kicked off at 5:00 p.m. at Centenary University with Santa, music, treats and then the grand illumination of the Seay building. The evening continued with carriage rides throughout the historic district.
The Santa Parade began at 7:00 p.m., and that’s when Santa and his elves marched up Main Street and arrived at the Gazebo Park on the corner of Main St and West Moore St. to light the Christmas tree.
Throughout the festive hometown celebration, visitors enjoyed singing, music, dancing and a Holiday tent that had shopping, community groups and food. Many of the shops were also open late for shopping.
The festivities will continue Saturday and Sunday with Shop Small in Hackettstown. Visitors are invited to Hackettstown to shop and dine. From 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, strolling street musicians will be out to put you into the holiday spirit and look out for holiday characters who will be handing out treats for adults and kids and will be available for photo ops.
The Hackettstown Community Center, located at 293 Main Street, will be open on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Santa will be available for photos and a Holiday craft area to make homemade crafts for gifts, homemade ornaments, etc. for a small fee. Unique crafters and artisans will be onsite for your holiday shopping.
Due to the overwhelming response, Candy Cane Lane scheduled for Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is sold out.
For more information and list of events, visit the Hackettstown BID’s website.