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Read more about last year's event:
On December 1, 2018, the NDD and the New Jersey Devils kicked off the holiday season with our 5th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza.
This year’s celebration featured the Newark Boy’s Chorus Senior choir and The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant and New Jersey’s own Ali Caldwell! Attendees of all ages enjoyed dancing with popular children’s characters like Black Panther and Mr. Incredible; taking pictures with Santa; and singing along with Victorian carolers, R&B artist Ali Caldwell, the Newark Boy’s Chorus Senior choir, and DJ Sir William.
The plaza was filled with numerous carnival games, a bouncy house, a photo booth, a trackless train, and a street hockey rink along with a selection of food trucks and community partners who brought games, holiday-themed arts and crafts, and complimentary hot beverages to keep our attendees warm.
Still, the largest holiday celebration in Newark (over 3,000 attendees), this year’s festivities began at 4:00 pm and at 5:30 pm Anthony McMillan (CEO - NDD), Hugh Weber (President - New Jersey Devils), and the Honorable Mayor, Ras J. Baraka, lit the 40-foot-tree, accompanied by a magnificent aerial fireworks show, capping off an eventful night!
Thanks to the collaboration of the City of Newark, Newark Police Department, Newark Public Schools, and the area charter schools, the NDD was able to successfully invite and engage Newark families, resulting in a great turnout and a night of fun-filled holiday cheer!
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