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‘Making Spirits Bright’ Belleville Announces Winter Festival, Christmas Tree Lighting Spectacular


By: Najla Alexander 

The Honorable Mayor Michael Melham and the Township Council invite you into the hearts and hearths of Belleville for the holidays, Belleville officials report. 

According to officials, the annual Winter Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting Spectacular is set for Saturday, December 10th, promising to be bigger and better than ever.

Officials say the event will be held at Belleville High School starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Officials say there will be complimentary refreshments, a petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, music and food vendors, trackless train rides, face painting, candy cane mazes, and much more. (No matter whether you’ve been naughty or nice.)

Officials say that the celebration would not be complete without chestnuts roasted over an open fire – a family tradition shared by Deputy Mayor Thomas Graziano. 

The tree lighting is scheduled for 8 p.m.

“Thanks to our partnership with the Belleville School District, this has quickly become one of the most beloved Belleville events,” Melham said.

“The night is about brightening spirits and spreading a festive feeling across our great town.”

Children who won’t be able to attend the Winter Festival and miss the chance to get up and personal with Santa Claus are still encouraged to write him a letter, officials report. 

According to officials, three mailboxes have been placed around Belleville where children of all ages can drop their letters, postage-free, no later than December 15th.    

Santa is busy in the workshop, so the earlier the letters reach the North Pole, the better!

The mailboxes are at Town Hall (152 Washington Ave.), the Belleville Public Library (221 Washington Ave.), and Silver Lake Fire House (134 Franklin St.)

Please include the child’s name and address, the school the child attends, the grade, and an accomplishment over this past year.  

Also, include what the child wishes and hopes for this year and any other essential details Santa should know.