SPARTA, NJ- The first Sparta Township Christmas tree lighting had to be held without a crowd. The only element of the celebration that remained was the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Sparta VFW on Main Street on Thursday night.
Sparta Recreation Director Jeanne Montemarano was joined by elves Alison Deeney, Kelly Giannantonio, Janice Williams, Mayor Jerry Murphy, Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn and Mr. and Mrs. Clause.
Plans originally included Santa in a snow globe for photos along with other activities typical for the annual Sparta Recreation Visit with Santa. The most recent executive orders from Governor Murphy limiting indoor and outdoor crowds caused the activities to be canceled.
According to Sparta Recreation Director Jeanne Montemarano they are expanding Santa’s ride through the community on the fire truck on the weekend of December 11 and 12, weather permitting. In past years, Santa would take an hour to ride through town on his way to meet children and their families at Station Park.
Additional Christmas events are being offered by the Sparta Recreation Department.
Sparta children can mail letters to Santa and Santa will mail a letter in return. They can be sent to Sparta Recreation at 65 Main Street in Sparta. The Recreation department staff will make sure they get to the North Pole in time for Santa to respond. They even provide stationary.
Sparta Recreation is also sponsoring a Holiday Home Decorating contest. For the first time residents will be able to register their home for consideration.
- Homes must be registered by December 11
- Between December 14 and 16 The Sparta Recreation department staff will photograph the homes that are registered.
- On December 17 the photos will be posted on the Sparta Recreation Department Facebook page,
- The two homes with the most “likes” will win.
- On December 22 the winners will be announced on the Sparta Recreation Department Facebook page.
The first and second place winners will receive a prize and a sign to display on their front lawn, according to the recreation department announcement.
Montemarano said details for the Menorah lighting, scheduled for next Thursday, are also being discussed.
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