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First Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Planned for Journal Square

Journal Square SID workers installing the Holiday Tree last week at the Fountain.

The Journal Special Improvement District (JSSID) is pleased to announce its first Annual Holiday Tree Lighting to take place on Wednesday, December 4 at 5:30 PM in Journal Square Plaza. The Tree Lighting reflects the continued efforts on the part of the JSSID to activate the public space around the Kiosk and Fountain area with engaging activities that serve the residents, students and commuters who utilize the transit hub every day.

Jordan Galatz, Chairman of the Journal Square SID said, “The installation of the Holiday Tree is an extension of our seasonal beautification efforts in and around the plaza, as well as, the weekly and seasonal programming that we do with the Journal Square Green Market, the Artist and Maker Market and the Jersey City Night Market. Galatz added, “A Holiday Tree Lighting is a great opportunity for people to gather and reflect on the past year and look forward to the New Year.”

“This is always a very special time of year, a time to look back and celebrate all the progress we’ve made in Jersey City this year, and a time to spend with our families and friends,” said Mayor Steven Fulop.  “I always look forward to the tree lightings, which have traditionally been the unofficial start of the holiday season in Jersey City. This year we’ll continue our traditions of celebrating the holidays across the City with various events, from tree lightings to our Toy Drive to the annual Holiday Concert at the Loew’s.”

The JSSID will be partnering with the Old Bergen Church, located at 1 Highland avenue, as part of the tree lighting event to support the church’s busy food pantry. Reverend, Jon M. Brown, Pastor of the Church, said, “The Old Bergen Church Food Pantry has been operating here in this community for over twenty years. Each month over two hundred individuals are provided basic food necessities. You can help this outreach program by bringing any of the following items to the Journal Square Christmas Tree Lighting: soup, peanut butter, rice, tuna fish or canned vegetables.”

The tree lighting, which will take place during the regularly scheduled Wednesday Farmers Market, will feature holiday music and free hot chocolate and an assortment of holiday baked goods and candy.