Ocean County To Light Official Christmas Tree

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TOMS RIVER – Ahh, the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The traffic jams at the local shopping centers, the giant inflatable snowmen, Santa and all of his entourage on the front lawns and of course, the trees.

Did you know there’s a 41-foot high Colorado Spruce at the corner of Hooper Avenue and Washington Street in Downtown Toms River? Every year, Ocean County officials light the big tree for the holidays. This year is no exception.

The annual tree lighting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at 4:45 p.m.

The public is invited to join the Ocean County Freeholders and children from local Toms River schools for the event. There will be a performance of holiday tunes by the Silver Bay Elementary School Chorus.

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More than 2,000 energy saving LED lights will be lit as hot & cold apple cider and cookies will be served to attendees, baked by the culinary students from OCVTS.

In a county prepared press release, Freeholder Director Joe Vicari said “I invite everyone to come join us as we kickoff off the holiday season. The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes everyone a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.”

The tree lighting ceremony is planned for rain, shine, sleet or snow.